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The Bernard Kleiman Lecture: Organizing Against the Odds: 1919 and Today

Sunday, September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm


Guest Speaker: Ed Yankovich, VP Emeritus, United Mine Workers of America, District 2.

 Does a hundred years make a difference in workers’ rights and equity? There are lots of similarities. In 1919 and the 1920’s, there wasn’t 100% support for unions. Racism and anti-immigrant sentiment kept workers separate then and divide workers today. Unions represent the struggle of workers against capital. We are the conscience of capitalism.

Welcome:                       John Haer, President, Battle of Homestead Foundation

Master of Ceremonies:  Steffi Domike, labor educator with USW

Introduction:                   Nick Molnar, President, UMWA District 2 (retired)

Speaker:                         Ed Yankovich, VP Emeritus, UMWA District 2

Moderated Discussion to follow

Snacks!    courtesy of the United Steelworkers International  




The Bernard Kleiman Lecture Series was established in 2007 to honor Bernard Kleiman, the long-time General Counsel of the United Steelworkers who coordinated major negotiations in steel and aluminum, as well as in the rubber and allied industries. The event is jointly organized and funded by the United Steelworkers and the Battle of Homestead Foundation.


  • To provide a forum for informed discourse on labor issues.
  • To address labor law and workers’ history from the union’s perspective.
  • To take place at the Pump House on Waterfront Drive in Munhall to keep the memory of the epic struggle that took place at that site in 1892.
  • To maintain a link between the United Steelworkers, the Battle of Homestead Foundation, Rivers of Steel and other local historical societies and interested groups.

List of Kleiman lecturers:

2007       Lynn Williams, retired International President, United Steelworkers (USW)

2008       Fred Redmond, USW International Vice President (Human Affairs)

2009       Dr. Jack Metzgar, author of Striking Steel: Solidarity Remembered

2010       Charles Kernaghan, Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

2011       Richard J. Brean, JD, General Counsel of the United Steelworkers

2012       Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

2013       Dr. Robert W. Bednarcyzk, Visiting Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

2014       Dan Swinney, Executive Director, Manufacturing Renaissance

2015       Thomas M. Conway, International Vice President (Administration), United Steelworkers

2016       Barbara Briggs, Associate Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

2017      Napoleón Gómez Urrútia, General Secretary, National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic

2018       Dr. Lara Putnam, Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

2019       Ed Yankovich, VP Emeritus, United Mine Workers of America, District 2

Free and open to the public
wheelchair accessible.



Sunday, September 29, 2019
2:00 pm
Event Category:


The Battle of Homestead Foundation


The Historic Pump House
880 East Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA 15120 United States
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