Before college, Michael experienced wage theft while working as a low-wage caregiver for the elderly and disabled. In college, he learned that many other members of his Filipino-American community similarly suffered wage theft, in addition to retaliation, sexual harassment, labor trafficking, and other workplace violations. This inspired Michael to work as a community organizer with the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants-Silicon Valley for six years before law school. In that role, he coordinated free legal clinics, facilitated political education, and amplified the voices of immigrant workers to win passage of anti-wage theft policies and ordinances. In law school, as a member of Yale Law’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, Michael represented two union locals in their campaigns, grievances, and arbitrations. Last summer, he interned with UNITE HERE Local 11. This summer, he is working for a public interest firm in Atlanta, GA, that represents workers with employment claims.
Michael Weiner Eligibility Language
To be eligible for an award, applicants must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada and graduating no sooner than the semester following the scholarships award. Further, they must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights. To receive an award, eligible candidates must also meet a combination of criteria identified below:
- A strong academic record;
- Demonstrated prior commitment to the labor movement;
- Demonstrated financial need;
- A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner, and
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise.
The Players Trust awards up to five scholarships totaling up to $50,000 annually. The program has distributed over $290,000 to date. For more information, please visit the Michael Weiner Scholarship page.