Six Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies recipients attended a luncheon at the Major League Baseball Players Association‘s midtown Manhattan office today in honor of their hard work and commitment to the labor movement.
During the luncheon hosted by the Players Trust, the recipients were able to speak with members of the MLBPA’s labor relations department and other staff, sharing experiences and learning from those who worked closely with Michael Weiner.
NEW YORK, July 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced that the 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies application is now available for submission online through Monday, November 2, 2015.
The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies is keeping the late Player Association executive director’s legacy alive through people like recipient Sarah David Heydemann and the work they will continue to do on behalf of union workers.
“From what I’ve learned about him, it seems like Michael had a deep care and commitment to building community while doing the work. I hope to be the same kind of advocate – one who pays attention not only to the fight at hand but to more intentional, lasting community building,” Heydemann said recently.
For Julie Gilgoff, Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies recipient, it was her grandfather that inspired her passion for the labor movement.
“Although we never met, I like to believe that I took after him,” Gilgoff said recently. Her grandfather, Max Gilgoff, was a leader in both the American Labor Party and the Teachers Guild, which was the predecessor to the United Federation of Teachers in New York’s public schools. Like her grandfather, Gilgoff also became a teacher some years after college.
Michael Weiner was known for his unending dedication to his family and employees’ workplace rights. It is that dedication that Joseph Landry, a recipient of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, hopes to replicate.
“Michael’s concern for all workers and respect for the principles of collective bargaining are ideals that we share,” Landry said. “Michael’s kind demeanor and dedication to giving his all to the members are qualities to which I aspire.”
Like the man in whose honor the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies was founded, Akasha Perez has a burning passion to support people who join together to represent themselves in the workplace.
“There is an African Proverb that says: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,’” Perez said recently. “This quote puts into words a principle that Michael Weiner embodied throughout his career: the power of collective action. I too believe that the best way to create change is through the empowerment of others.”
Besides his family, former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner was most passionate about employees’ workplace rights.
The employees he represented first as a union staff lawyer then general counsel and finally executive director happened to be professional baseball players, but Weiner felt strongly about all workers’ having a voice in the workplace.
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Monday, November 10.
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In November 2013, former MLBPA Executive Director, Michael Weiner, lost a courageous battle against brain cancer at the age of 51. Michael dedicated his life to the caring of his family first and foremost, and to supporting workers’ rights. In honor of Michael, Major League baseball players created the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies to encourage the pursuit of a graduate-level degree in labor studies.
Minneapolis, MN, July 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Major League baseball players, through the Major League Baseball Players Trust (@MLBPlayersTrust), are creating a scholarship program to honor the life of former MLBPA Executive Director, Michael Weiner, it was formally announced today. Titled the “Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies,” the scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of workers.