Sam Murray

Sam Murray is currently working as a pathways intern for the FDA and is a second-year Master of Political Science student. He served as a Columnist at the Public Purpose Journal last year and is continuing through the 2021-2022 academic year. His research and interest areas are primarily on energy and the environment, policing, and labor policy reforms. When taking a break from work and writing, he enjoys hiking, running, rock climbing, and snowboarding.
The Myth of the “Labor Shortage”

The Myth of the “Labor Shortage”

As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm and disrupt employment, American workers must unionize their workplaces and demand better labor conditions, higher wages, paid leave, rent control, access to healthcare and more to ensure a better quality of life for all. We do not have a labor shortage; we have a shortage of jobs that treat workers like people with dignity.

Building Back America’s Labor Unions

Building Back America’s Labor Unions

While unions are still prevalent across many industries, membership as a percentage of the workforce has declined by about half since 1983. In 1983, about 20% of the workforce were union members, compared with 10.8% of the workforce today.

We May Be on the Cusp of Substantive Drug Policy Reform

We May Be on the Cusp of Substantive Drug Policy Reform

The 2020 election has brought high levels of anxiety, longer than normal vote counts, and a massive voter turnout. Both candidates have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in United States’ history, beating former President Obama’s record in...