Joseph B. Uehlein, Board President, Takoma Park, MD. Founding President and Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability, and Voices for a Sustainable Future. Joe Uehlein is the former Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO’s Industrial Union Department and former director of the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Campaigns. Joe spent over 30 years doing organizing, bargaining, and strategic campaign work in the labor movement. Joe also served as the Secretary to the North American Coordinating Committee of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, and Mine Workers unions (ICEM). He is a founding board member of Ceres, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and served as a senior strategic advisor to the Blue Green Alliance for five years. He also served on the United Nations commission on global warming in the 1990’s. Joe completed a fellowship on sustainability and jobs at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (2012-13). He also serves on the advisory board of the Future of Music Coalition. In the early 1970’s he worked in an aluminum mill as a member of the United Steelworkers of America, and on heavy and highway construction projects as a member of the Laborer’s International Union of North America. Joe is a musician, and a member of the American Federation of Musicians performing regularly as a solo artists and with his band, The U-Liners.
Jeremy Brecher is a writer, historian, and activist who is the author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements. His book Strike!was described by Prof. Richard Flacks, UC Santa Barbara, as “the single most important book about the history of the American labor movement published in our time.” His book Building Bridges: The Emerging Grassroots Coalition of Labor and Community was described by Richard L. Trumka, then president of the United Mine Workers and now president of the AFL-CIO, as “a very helpful guide to the kind of coalition building unions will need in the struggles that lie ahead.” His three books on globalization, Global Visions, Global Village or Global Pillage, and Globalization from Below, and his award-winning documentary Global Village or Global Pillage?, made a significant contribution to the emergence of the global justice movement, aka “globalization from below.” His new book Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action, just published by Paradigm Publishers, addresses how social movements make social change; it was described by Michael Pertschuk, former chair of the Federal Trade Commission, as “absolutely unique in its integration of engaging personal narratives of the author’s direct involvement in every significant social justice movement of the past four decades with his analytic history of previous movements.” Over the course of half a century Brecher has participated in — and lent his writing skills to — movements for civil rights, nuclear disarmament, peace in Vietnam, international labor rights, global economic justice, accountability for war crimes, climate protection, and many others. For many years he was Humanities Scholar in Residence at Connecticut Public Broadcasting and is the winner of five regional Emmy awards for his documentary movie work. He has also been a pioneer of participatory, community-based history, writing the guidebook History from Below: How to Uncover and Tell the Story of Your Community, Association, or Union, and helping a wide range of community historians create books, movies, and exhibits. Studs Terkel wrote that “Jeremy Brecher’s work is astonishing and refreshing; and, God knows, necessary.”
Brendan Smith, ocean farmer and climate activist, is a co-founder of Labor Network for Sustainability. Brendan’s political commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and CBS News.com. A lifelong commercial fishermen since the age of 14, Brendan’s work on restorative ocean farming and new economy modeling has been profiled by CNN, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Future of Food TV series, and the Wall Street Journal. Previously, Brendan worked for Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as a senior legislative aide, staff on the U.S. House Banking Committee and campaign director. After leaving Congress, Brendan became organizing director for the National Alliance for Fair Employment, followed by positions at the AFL-CIO, SEIU and UNITE-HERE. He later co-founded Global Labor Strategies, a think tank focused on the impact of China, the global economic crisis and climate change on workers around the globe. He has also served as co-director of UCLA Law School’s Globalization and Labor Standards Project, and a senior fellow at the Progressive Technology Project. He is the co-author of Globalization from Below and In the Name of Democracy, and co-director of the Emmy-nominated film, Global Pillage or Global Village. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School.
Becky Glass joined the Labor Network for Sustainability in early 2010. She has a strong background in economic and social justice organizing, energy and environmental policy, and nonprofit management. She served for 12 years as the founding Executive Director of the Midwest States Center, supporting statewide civic engagement coalitions in the Midwest. Prior to that she served as Midwest field director for The Youth Project, a national foundation that supported economic and social justice organizations and civic engagement groups, and before that she directed the Energy Project at the Washington DC”“based Center for Policy Alternatives. She serves on the boards of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Public Campaign, and the Public Campaign Action Fund. Becky holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in transportation and energy from the University of Illinois. She and her writer-publisher-farmer husband Jim Hare raise grass-fed beef on their small Wisconsin farm, 90 miles East of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Their daughter Amber just graduated from Boston University.
In Memoriam: LNS Co-Founder Tim Costello passesd away in December 2009. He had over 40 years of work and union experience in the area. He helped organize and served (until July 2005) as Coordinator of the Boston based North American Alliance for Fair Employment a network of 65 unions and community based organizations in the US and Canada. Costello was a truck driver and workplace activist for many years; following that, he worked on the staff of SEIU. He has extensive collective bargaining experience in a number of industries.