New Labor Forum

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New Labor Forum (ISSN 1095-7960, E-ISSN 1557-2978) is a labor journal founded in the Fall of 1997[1] by the Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies, at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies of the City University of New York. It is published three times a year by Routledge, a division of the Taylor and Francis Group.


New Labor Forum targets an audience of leaders and activists in organized labor, as well as academics and activists whose work is linked to the causes championed by, and of interest to, working adults and their communities. The journal provides a place for labor and its allies to introduce new ideas and debate old concepts. Recent contributors include: Andy Stern, Frances Fox Piven, Bill Fletcher, David Roediger, JoAnn Wypijewski, Jonathan Tasini, Ruth Milkman, and Maria Elena Durazo. Its editorial board is composed of a number of notable scholars, including Kate Bronfenbrenner, Joshua Freeman, and Paul Buhle. Each issue of the journal also includes a "Books and the Arts" section that publishes poetry and book/film reviews.

New Labor Forum has a subscription base of approximately 2,000 individuals and institutions.

New Labor Forum is often considered a critical journal of thought within the American labor movement. For example, its January 2006 issue contained articles linked to the first-of-its-kind (and controversial) Global Unions Conference.[2] In the winter of 2007, Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, began a regular column in New Labor Forum titled "Economic Prospects."[3] The AFL-CIO has cited New Labor Forum,[4] although the magazine is often critical of that labor federation.[1] Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine, called the journal "invaluable".[5]


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