Labor Advisory Committee

The Labor Center maintains a Labor Advisory Committee of labor leaders from across Iowa and the Midwest.  This Committee promotes ongoing dialogue between the university and the labor movement, offers guidance on keeping Labor Center education programs responsive to the interests of working people in Iowa, and promotes broader worker participation in UI educational programs. 

Members of the Labor Advisory Committee meet with Labor Center staff and UI College of Law representatives at least twice a year to review Labor Center activities, to evaluate proposals for course offerings and teaching innovations developed by Labor Center instructors, and to suggest and discuss relevant research projects.

Current Labor Advisory Committee members:

Jesse Case
Secretary-Treasurer, IBT Local 238

Herb Copley
President, Iowa State Assoc. of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Greg Cross 
International Representative, UE

Rick Eilander
President, AFSCME Council 61

J.D. Fitch
Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, IUPAT District Council 81

Bill Gerhard
Business Development Coordinator, Iowa LECET

Roger Grobstich
International Representative, RWDSU

Ryan Hanghian
President, Iowa Professional Fire Fighters

Jeff Hartford
Staff Representative, USW

Becky Hawbaker
President, UNI United Faculty-AAUP

John Herrig
Directing Business Representative, IAM&AW District 6

Peter Hird
Secretary-Treasurer, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Gregg James
National Vice President, District 8, AFGE

Kim Karol
President, Iowa Postal Workers Union (APWU)

Simplice Kuelo
President, UFCW Local 431

Coy Marquardt
Assoc. Director for Affiliate Services, ISEA

Paula Martinez
President, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Mike McCarthy
President, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

Rick Moyle
Executive Director, Hawkeye Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Andy Roberts
Business Manager, UA Local 33; President, Iowa State Building & Construction Trades Council

Mazahir Salih 
Executive Director, Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

Brad Schwanda
International Representative and Region 4 Education Coordinator, UAW

Jeff Shudak
President, Western Iowa Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Barb Stanerson
Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa

Tom Townsend
President, Great River Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Lorri Walker
President, USW Local 444L

Patrick Wells
President, IBEW State Conference

Bonnie Winther
International Representative, CWA

Charlie Wishman
President, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Kevin Washburn (ex officio member)
N. Wiliam Hines Dean and Professor of Law, Univ. of Iowa College of Law