The dialogue began Monday, April 4, 2011 as Leo Gerard, international president, USW and John Surma, chairman & chief executive officer, United States Steel Corporation took to the stage in the Foerster Student Service Center Auditorium to discuss the nature of past, current and future labor and management relations in the Pittsburgh region.
Welcomes and introductions were provided by Charles T. Blocksidge, PhD, executive director, Local, County and State Government Relations and Special Projects; Jack Shea, president, Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a member of the Robert M. Mill Labor-Management Advisory Committee; and Robert M. Mill (’73 & ’98), vice president, Executive Relationship Management, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and namesake of the lecture series. A question and answer period after the speakers completed their remarks was facilitated by Charles McCollester, PhD, retired professor, Industrial and Labor Relations, IUP. The first of many public forums in the Robert M. Mills Lecture Series, the discussion was both honest and meaningful—and at times even light-hearted.
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About the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series
Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future: A Labor-Management Discussion embodies a series of two to three-hour interactive sessions designed to enhance the understanding and recognition of the large role labor unions and labor relations have played in forming our great region.
Recognizing Robert M. Mill (’73 & ’98), a champion of the benefits of accessible education and an ardent supporter of union needs, the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series sets the stage for open communication between all who will benefit from a future of positive labor-management relations and economic development in western Pennsylvania. Mill has received multiple college awards, including being named a 1998 CCAC Lifetime Legend and, with wife Candace, being recognized as 2009 CCAC Distinguished Alumni and Friends.
Read about the event on the Pittsburgh Tribune Review website.
U.S. Steel, union chiefs cite history of cooperation
By Joe Napsha, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, April 5, 2011