New SUNY Fellowship Celebrates the Life of CWA President Emeritus Morty Bahr

SUNY Empire State College's Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., School of Labor Studies and the Rockefeller Institute of Government are partnering to establish the Future of Labor Research Center to examine the changing nature of work, the future of work, workers, and worker organizations. The center will inaugurate the Morton Bahr Fellowship in honor of the legendary CWA President Emeritus, alumnus, and supporter of the School of Labor, who passed away in July.

Bahr, who started his career as a telegraph operator, led CWA for 20 years during some of the industry's most tumultuous times, helping workers adapt and protect themselves through the difficult transition to the digital era. Bahr was also a true believer in lifelong learning and SUNY Empire, raising funds for a full scholarship for union members and their families that now bears his name. 

CWA President Christopher Shelton said, "I can think of no better way to honor President Bahr than by establishing this fellowship. This fellowship will provide a foundation for a new generation of leaders to address the challenges of a changing economy and workforce."

CWA will be celebrating the life and legacy of President Emeritus Morty Bahr at an event in Washington, D.C., on October 23.

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