PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present a vibrant dialogue on the history and future of labor relations in the region on December 1. The special kickoff event announces Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future: An Interactive Discussion. This series of three-hour interactive sessions is designed to enhance understanding and recognition of the large role labor unions and labor relations have played in the region’s history.
The kickoff event will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. December 1 on the first floor of Jones Hall, CCAC–Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Members of the press are welcome to attend.
Speakers at the event are expected to include Charlie McCollester, author and labor historian; Mike Wagner, former Pittsburgh Steeler; Leo Gerard, international president, United Steelworkers; David Lohr, senior vice president, US Steel; Jack Ramage, executive director, Master Builders’ Association; Jack Shea, president, Allegheny County Labor Council; and Robert M. Mill, vice president, Highmark, and CCAC alumnus (’73 & ’98).
Recognizing Mill, a champion of the benefits of accessible education and an ardent supporter of union needs, the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series will set the stage for open communication between all who will benefit from a future of positive labor-management relations and economic development in western Pennsylvania.
Five to six three-hour sessions held during the spring and fall terms will feature esteemed leaders in the fields of labor management, labor relations, diversity management, history, education, economics and other vital areas with feedback used to build a certificate program in labor-management relations.
“CCAC’s Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past and Future: An Interactive Discussion aims to foster a sustained labor-management dialogue on the economic development issues facing the region,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson. “I look forward to an honest conversation in a dynamic and interactive learning environment about issues that have too often divided the region.”
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.