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The Bernard Kleiman Lecture: Organizing Against the Odds: 1919 and Today
Sunday, September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pmFree
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