MIMI ABRAMOVITZ, M.S.W., is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and a doctoral candidate at Columbia University School of Social Work. During 1976–1977 she conducted the research for Cornell’s Institute for Education and Research on Women and Work that examined barriers to the use of tuition assistance programs, leading to the book-length report published by the Institute, Where Are the Women?
WILLIAM ADELMAN is Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, Chicago Labor Education Program of the University of Illinois. As a faculty member of the university since 1966, he has written and produced several films and slide presentations dealing with labor history and current problems in the work place. He is author of Touring Pullman, Haymarket Revisited, and Pilsen and the West Side. These books, which are walking tours of historic labor sites, have been used widely by labor unions and women’s organizations.
SUSAN VAIL BERRESFORD is Program Officer in charge of the Ford Foundation’s Expanded Women’s Program. As former Program Officer in the Foundation’s National Affairs Division, she was responsible for program development, management, and evaluation of grants totaling three million dollars per year, made to organizations concerned with women’s employment and training, child care, abortion rights, sex education, teenage pregnancy, and sex-discrimination legislation. Her prior experience in the Human Resources Administration of New York City was in youth and adult employment programs.
JANET BERTINUSON is Associate Director of the University of California-Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program. This provides educational and technical assistance on occupational health and safety to workers and their organizations. Before joining LOHP in 1975, she was Health and Safety Associate with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union. She has co-authored manuals and slide shows for apprentice workers and the documentary film on women’s occupational health, Working for Your Life. She has an M.S. degree in Environmental Health.
GLORIA BUSMAN is Coordinator, Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute of Industrial Relations, UCLA. Prior to joining the Labor Center she was for thirteen years a staff representative of the National AFL-CIO’s Los Angeles/Orange Counties Organizing Committee. Active in the Coalition of Labor Union Women since its inception, she is Regional Vice President, and chairs the CLUW organizing task force. Her publications include Union Representatives’ Guide to the NLRB, and co-authorship of Understanding Unions in the Public Sector, both published by the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations.
ALICE H. COOK, Professor Emerita of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, was for many years a teacher, administrator, and author in the field of labor education. She has written extensively on the labor movements of Sweden, Germany, Austria, Japan, and the United States, and has taught trade union history, structure, and function at Cornell. She has just completed, with Val R. Lorwin and Roberta Till-Retz, a book on women and trade unions in four European countries.
WALTER G. DAVIS, Director of the Department of Community Service Activities, AFL-CIO, was until 1980 Director of its Department of Education. A former Executive Vice President of the United Transport Service Employees of America, he has served as Deputy Executive Director of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and as Assistant Director of the Civil Rights Department of the AFL-CIO. He has a B.S. degree from Columbia University and a degree from Brooklyn Law School.
LYN GOLDFARB is Director, Labor and Public Policy Program, Virginia State AFL-CIO. A filmmaker, she co-produced With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women’s Emergency Brigade. Formerly associated with the Program on Women and Work, Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Michigan, she also is co-editor of the Autobiography of Hilda Worthington Smith, long-time Director of the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers.
LOIS S. GRAY, Associate Dean and Director of Extension and Public Service, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, is the former National President of the University Labor Education Association. Author of numerous articles and monographs on labor education, she serves as consultant to many unions and universities in this field.
ALICE M. HOFFMAN, Associate Professor, Department of Labor Studies, Pennsylvania State University, has been interested in using oral history as a teaching tool with worker students for many years. She became involved with oral history first as an important supplement to the written record in preserving the history of the United Steelworkers of America, whose archives were deposited at Perm State in 1966. An active member of the Oral History Association since its inception, she served as President of the Association in 1976.
ANDREA M. HRICKO, a consultant and speaker on occupational health problems, lives in Washington, D.C. While associated with the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California-Berkeley, she co-authored a handbook entitled Working for Your Life: A Woman’s Guide to Job Health Problems, and co-produced and directed the documentary film Working for Your Life.
GLORIA T. JOHNSON is Director of Education and Women’s Activities for the International Union of Electrical Workers, a post she has held since 1972. She has worked for the IUE in a variety of positions over the past twenty-five years, in the accounting, collective bargaining, and research departments. She is National Treasurer of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and much in demand as a speaker with labor and community groups across the country.
ODESSA KOMER, Vice President of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), came up through the ranks, starting with her job at Ford Motor Company in 1953. A member of Local 228, she was the first woman elected to each position she held in the local. Her first staff appointment came as Education Director, Region 1, in 1967. She was elected International Vice President in 1974.
CONNIE KOPELOV, labor educator, most recently headed the national education department of District 1199, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. For many years prior to that she served as associate Education Director of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. She teaches and writes on women in labor history, and has been active with the Coalition of Labor Union Women since its founding.
HY KORNBLUH has co-directed the Labor Studies Center of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, the University of Michigan-Wayne State University, for twenty years. Prior to that he served on the education staffs of two international unions, and of the CIO and later the AFL-CIO. He is the author of numerous articles on labor education for blue-collar workers. Currently he chairs the Task Force on Employee Participation in decision-Making of the University and College Labor Education Association (UCLEA).
JOYCE L. KORNBLUH, since 1973 Director of the Program on Women and Work at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, the University of Michigan-Wayne State University, also heads a national oral history project on older women leaders in the U.S. labor movement. She is editor of Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology, and co-editor of Poverty in America and Negroes and Jobs. Currently she is working on a history of education programs for working women in this country.
DONNA MOBLEY is Executive Director of Common Cause of Texas. While associated with Trade Union Women’s Studies, a program of the Institute for Education and Research on Women and Work, Cornell University, she developed courses in political training for union women. She has served as a national education representative of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and as an organizer for the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
ANNE H. NELSON is co-director of the Institute for Education and Research on Women and Work, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, and directs Education for Equal Opportunity, the institute’s statewide program focused on the career mobility of public and corporate white-collar workers. Among her books and articles are The One World of Working Women (U.S. Department of Labor, 1979) and Trade Union Women: A Study of Their Participation in New York City Locals (with Barbara M. Wertheimer, Praeger, 1975). She is President of the University and College Labor Education Association.
MARJORIE B. RACHLIN, Senior Staff Associate at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, has been a labor educator all her working life and a feminist for the last decade. She has worked on the education staffs of the Textile Workers Union of America and of the International Association of Machinists. Active on the University and College Labor Education Association’s Committee on Programs for Union Women, she works to develop and expand labor education activities and opportunities for trade union women.
LAWRENCE ROGIN, Adjunct Senior Staff Associate, George Meany Center for Labor Studies, has been in union education for almost half a century. He has held education posts with the Reading, Pennsylvania, Federated Trades Council, the American Federation of Hosiery Workers, the Textile Workers Union of America, and, as Director of Education, with the AFL-CIO. He has served on the faculty of Brookwood, a resident labor school, and is former Director of Labor Programs of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Michigan-Wayne State University.
STANLEY ROSEN, Coordinator, Chicago Labor Education Program, and Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, has worked for the last twenty-five years in labor education. He has served at Rutgers University and with the Textile Workers Union of America, as well as at the University of Illinois. One of his special interests is the evaluation process, in which he has most recently been involved as administrator of a CETA Hispanic Training Grant.
FRIEDA SHOENBERG ROZEN, Instructor in Labor Studies, Pennsylvania State University, teaches undergraduates as well as working adults and coordinates Penn State’s conferences and field services for labor unions in the state. She began program recruiting, about which she writes, as a group worker in community centers more than thirty years ago. Her research interests center on the role of women and minorities in unions.
MARIA-LUZ D. SAMPER, Assistant Professor at the Labor Education Center, University of Connecticut, is both labor educator and researcher at the Center. She chairs the Committee on Programs for Union Women of the University and College Labor Education Association, and has developed the evaluation used at the Northeastern Summer Schools for Union Women over the past five years.
KATHERINE SCHRIER has been Associate Administrator of the District Council 37 Education Fund (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) since 1978. Prior to this appointment she worked in DC 37’s education department and for the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, as a labor extension specialist.
ROCHELLE SEMEL, coordinator of Trade Union Women’s Studies for the Institute for Education and Research on Women and Work, Cornell University, for the past three years, has been an instructor in the program from its inception in 1974. In 1979 she developed a Writing Center for the Metropolitan District’s labor studies students and trained workers as peer tutors for the program. Most recently she has developed a college credit course for working adults in labor journalism for the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
ROBERTA TILL-RETZ, Program Consultant, Labor Center, University of Iowa, is an historian who has written on turn-of-the-century Austrian trade unions and women. The research project on which her chapter is based, particularly her friendship with Alice H. Cook, led her to retrain in mid-life for work in labor education.
IDA TORRES, Vice President of the United Storeworkers, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, heads the local that negotiates for and solves the grievances of workers in Bloomingdale’s, New York. She rose from the ranks, starting as a bookkeeper, and recently has earned her B.A. degree in labor studies. She is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Extension Division, Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, teaching union organization and administration and grievance handling.
JAMES WALLIHAN, Coordinator and Associate Professor of Labor Studies, Division of Labor Studies, Indiana University, has developed and taught labor education programs since joining the Indiana University staff in 1974. He began his work experience as a supermarket boxboy, joining the California Retail Clerks union in 1957. As a paperhandler in Chicago he served in several local posts with the former pressmen’s union. His publications include manuals on grievance representation, collective bargaining, and labor politics, journal articles, and a forthcoming book on union structures and government, to be published by the George Meany Center for Labor Studies.
BARBARA M. WERTHEIMER, Associate Professor, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, directs the Institute for Education and Research on Women and Work. She has a lifetime of experience in labor education, starting in 1946 with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Author of books and articles, among them We Were There: The Story of Working Women in America (Pantheon, 1977), she serves on numerous advisory boards and committees, is a Commissioner of the National Commission on Working Women, is a member of the editorial board of Labor History, and was a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.