City Works is a monthly news magazine program produced by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) in collaboration with CUNY TV and hosted by Laura Flanders. The show’s mission is to create is a visual and thematic presentation of work, workers and worker organizations, employing topical examinations of the changing nature of work, tributes to unsung heroes, and analysis of the enduring challenges faced by workers. The show will spotlight the vast array of occupations of working people across New York City, and explore individual and collective efforts to make a better life for workers and a more prosperous and equitable society.
Air Time City Works airs Mon – Thurs at 5 pm (new episodes premiere on the first Monday of the month).
Episode Nine – A New Frontier for Labor: Video Game Workers Get Organized
On this episode of City Works, Laura Flanders speaks to CWA organizer Erin Mahoney and Polygon journalist Nicole Carpenter about the harassment and hazardous working conditions that are commonplace in the video game industry, and how game workers are fighting back with an unprecedented push to unionize the tech sector. And later in the program, Laura and Erin are joined by Rhyanna Eichner, a worker at Microsoft subsidiary Zenimax, to hear about the recent campaign that resulted in the largest video game union to date in North America.
- Episode One – Los Deliveristas: NYC App Delivery Workers
- Episode Two – Organizing at Amazon and in the American Theatre
- Episode Three – Gender Equality in the Workplace: The Struggle Continues
- Episode Four – 2022 Midterm Election Aftermath: A Reporter Roundtable
- Episode Five – Worker Cooperatives Building a Better Workplace
- Episode Six – A Life in Activism and Advocacy
- Episode Seven – Peril in the Factory Protecting the World’s Garment Workers
- Episode Eight – The Threat to NYC Public Housing and the Fight to Keep It Public
- Episode One – Workers & Disability Rights: Beyond the Pandemic
- Episode Two – The State of the Unions & Occupy Wall Street Ten Year Later
- Episode Three – A Tale of Two Cities Revisited: NYC’s Mayoral Transition
- Episode Four – Challenging Monopoly and “Bezosism”
- Episode Five – Organized Labor and The Global Climate Crisis
- Episode Six – Solving the NYC Yellow Cab Debt Crisis
- Episode Seven – Examining Racism’s Economic and Health Impacts In America
- Episode Eight – Elder Care in America
- Episode Nine – A People’s Guide to NYC & Wall Street’s Grip on Worker Pension Funds
- Episode Ten – The Future We Need: Organizing in the 21st Century
- Episode One – BLM and Police Unions
- Episode Two -Immigrant Workers: Contesting the Narrative
- Episode Three – Pandemic Economics
- Episode Four – Post Election Reporters Roundtable
- Episode Five – New York’s Housing Crisis: Tenant Organizing in a Pandemic
- Episode Six – The Biden Administration and the Working Class
- Episode Seven – COVID Recovery and Essential Workers: What’s Next?
- Episode Eight – Worker Organizing in 2021 America
- Episode Nine – Transgender Workforce Activism: Pride is Political
- Episode One – Workers in New York City; Steven Greenhouse
- Episode Two – Wage Theft; State of the Unions with Ruth Milkman
- Episode Three – Street Vendors; UAW Strike; Vinny Alvarez
- Episode Four – Beyond Resistance
- Episode Five – Teacher’s Strike with Stacy Davis Gates; Randi Weingarten
- Episode Six – Nurses on the Front Lines of Healthcare Delivery
- Episode Seven – Activism in the Gaming Industry
- Episode Eight – Domestic Workers and the Pandemic
- Episode Nine – AOC – Pramila Jayapal – COVID-19 Frontline Workers
Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and broadcaster. After many years in public and commercial radio, she founded The Laura Flanders Show / GRITtv in 2008 to serve as an online channel for in depth conversations with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, economics, business and the artsAmerica Radio (2004-2008) before which she was the founding host of Your Call, on public radio, KALW, and CounterSpin, the nationally-syndicated radio program from the mediawatch group FAIR.
The show is a collaboration between CUNY TV and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. Chiqui Cartagena, the station’s Interim Executive Director and Gregory Mantsios, the School’s Dean are executive producer. Rose Imperato is a co-producer along with Joseph Montalbano of CUNY TV. Carl Ginsburg is senior consultant and scriptwriter and Paula Finn is a consulting producer.
The City University of New York’s television station, CUNY TV, has been educating and informing viewers for more than three decades. Established in 1985, the station has steadily increased its ambition and scope, in 2009 transitioning to high definition and adding over-the-air broadcasting to its existing cable distribution. Now reaching 7.3 million broadcast households in the New York metro area, CUNY TV is committed to extending the academic mission of the university to offer lifelong learning opportunities to all New Yorkers.