The Bernard Kleiman (Sponsored by the United Steelworkers) lecture brings a speaker each year with knowledge of the international labor market to the Pump House to address a contemporary labor issue. This year we were pleased to welcome Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, who has served as general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic since his unanimous election in 2002, and was re-elected to new six-year terms in 2008 and 2016. An Oxford-educated economist, Gómez was the 2011 recipient of the AFL-CIO’s prestigious International Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award. He is also a member of the executive committee of IndustriALL Global Union, the world’s most powerful labor organization, and he works closely with leaders of unions around the world, including the United Steelworkers of North America.
“Napoleón is a hero . . . every day, he fights for the lives and welfare of the Mexican workers and their families” ~ Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO