Charles McCollester is the director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Labor Relations and professor in the department of Industrial and Labor Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a machinist at Union Switch & Signal, Swissvale (1978-82), and chief steward of UE Local 610 representing production, maintenance, office and technical workers (1982-6). After two years at Boston College (1961-3), he received his degrees, including the doctorate in Philosophy, (magna cum laude) from the University of Louvain, Belgium in 1970 (dissertation entitled: Emmanuel Levinas and Modern Jewish Thought). Married thirty-five years, he and his wife Linda have five children and three grandchildren.
Career activities include: President emeritus of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society (a dozen state historical markers dedicated in his tenure); President of the Battle of Homestead Foundation (lead interpreters at the 1892 battle site - the Pump House); Secretary of the Southwest PA Labor and Employment Relations Research Association; President of the Friends of the Green and Seldom Seen environmental organization. Formerly, IUP director of the National Environmental Education and Training Center (NEETC-IUP); Project Director for the U.S. EPA Brownfields Pilot for the Cities of Duquesne, McKeesport and Clairton; Temporary Faculty representative for state and local faculty union APSCUF; twice conducted IUP’s Summer in Poland student tours; led a working tour of U.S. unionists to Poland and Germany; did research in Haiti and Nicaragua.
Published in Monthly Review, The Nation, Labor’s Heritage, Pittsburgh History, The Encyclopedia of Irish in America, with many op-eds in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The University of Pittsburgh Press published his Fighter with a Heart: Writings of Charles Owen Rice, Pittsburgh Labor Priest in 1996. Presented with the Donnelley Award of the Mt. Washington – Duquesne Heights ministerium for Civic Service in 2003, IUP’s Graduate School Community Service Award in 2004, and the Thomas Merton Center’s New Person Award for 2005. His book: The Point of Pittsburgh: Production and Struggle at the Forks of the Ohio will be released in November 2008 for Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary.
Bill Yund is an artist and writer with a number of labor journalism awards. His subject matter leans heavily to working-class issues and history. He is a retired industrial insulator (Insulators Local 2) with deep roots in south-western Pennsylvania. He has published several graphic novels including Cooper’s Walk, a story of a 19th Century worker in Pittsburgh. His banners, representing more than one hundred years of workers at the great Homestead steel mill, adorn the Pump House in Munhall, scene of the 1892 Battle of Homestead. To see examples of Bill's work visit Hardbred.com.