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Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Julie Gilgoff

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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 Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Joseph Landry

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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.”

Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Akasha Perez

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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.”

Michael Weiner Scholarship Winners Announced

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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.

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