Annual Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture


The LABOR School
503 Keller Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

EMAIL: laborschool@psu.edu
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Annual Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture

Join us for the 29th Annual Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture

Who: Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO
What: “The Labor Movement: Honoring Our Legacy and Organizing Our Future”
When: Monday, April 1, 2024 from 7:30-8:30 pm
Where: Freeman Auditorium- HUB Paul Robeson Center (parking is available here)

This event is Co-Sponsored by the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the United Steelworkers. 

The Annual Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture is a yearly lecture presented to the Penn State University community by a distinguished representative of the labor movement. The lecture honors the memory of Philip Murray (1886-1952), first president of the United Steelworkers of America and second president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Lynn Williams, president of the United Steelworkers of America, presented the first lecture in November 1986.

The purpose of the annual lecture is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between the University community–students, faculty, and staff—and the leadership in the labor movement. The goal of this interchange is to contribute to a better understanding of the important role the labor movement has played, and continues to play, in a democratic society.

The School of Labor and Employment Relations and the United Steelworkers jointly sponsor this annual lecture series held at University Park.

Speaker Image
Title of Talk
Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
“The Labor Movement: Honoring Our Legacy and Organizing Our Future”
29th Annual Lecture
April 1, 2024
Elissa McBride
Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
“A Rising Tide: Student-Worker Solidarity and the Future of Organizing”
28th Annual Lecture
March 30, 2023
Kenneth Rigmaiden, General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
“Changing times, changing demographics, and changing union”
27th Annual Lecture
April 16, 2019
Mary Kay Henry
Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union
“Fighting for a Just & Inclusive Economy & Democracy through a 21st Century Labor and Justice movement”
26th Annual Lecture March 28, 2017
Tefere Gebre
Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
“Changing the Rules to Create Shared Prosperity”
25th Annual Lecture April 5, 2016
Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
“Wither or Weather Labor”
24th Annual Lecture
April 15, 2015
Lee Saunders
Lee Saunders, President, AFSCME
“Labor’s ‘Fierce Urgency of Now’”
23rd Annual Lecture
April 15, 2014
Bob King
Bob King, International President, United Auto Workers (UAW)
“The United Auto Workers in the 21st Century”
22nd Annual Lecture
April 12, 2013
Carol Landry
Carol Landry, Organizing Director, United Steelworker
“Change is Gonna Come…But When? Why Progress Takes Time, Even in the Twitter Age”
21st Annual Lecture March 15, 2012
Edwin D Hill
Edwin D Hill, President International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
“Waterloo in the States: Will Labor be Wellington or Napoleon?”
20th Annual Lecture March 22, 2011
Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
“From the Real World to Survivor: Labor’s Reality Check”
19th Annual Lecturer March 23, 2010
Stewart Acuff
Stewart Acuff, Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO
“Winning for Workers”
18th Annual Lecture
September 22, 2008
Charles Kernaghan
Charles Kernaghan, Director of the National Labor Committee
“The Fight to End Sweatshops and Win Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy”
17th Annual Lecture
April 13, 2006
Reg Weaver, President, President, National Education Association
“The National Education Association: A Union for the 21st Century”
16th Annual Lecture
April 4, 2005
James English
James D. English, International Secretary and Former General Counsel United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO
“A Look at the Labor Movement After 40 Years of Involvement”
15th Annual Lecture
March 31, 2004
richard trumka
Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
“Why We Need Unions Now More Than Ever”
14th Annual Lecture
April 4, 2003
sandra feldman
Sandra Feldman, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
“Labor Looks Ahead: Challenges of a New Century”
13th Annual Lecture March 25, 2002
Leo Gerard
Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO
“Globalization and the New Age of Activism”
12th Annual Lecture
April 11, 2001
george becker
George Becker, President of the United Steelworkers of America (USW)
“21st Century Activism”
11th Annual Lecture March 20, 2000
John Sweeney
John J. Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO Speech
“Good Jobs and Strong Communities: Challenges for Working Families”
10th Annual Lecture
April 13, 1999
linda chavez thompson
Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive V.P., AFL-CIO
“What’s New in the Labor Movement”
9th Annual Lecture
March 25, 1997
Gerald McEntee
Gerald McEntee, President, AFSCME
“Working for America’s Men and Women”
8th Annual Lecture
March 23, 1995
Vincent Sombrotto, President, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
“The Labor Movement and the Changing American Workplace”
7th Annual Lecture
November 17, 1993
Leon Lynch, Vice-President, United Steelworkers of America (USW)
“Labor’s Continuing Relevance in the 90’s”
6th Annual Lecture November 10, 1992
richard trumka
Richard Trumka, President, United Mine Workers (UMW)
“A World to Win: A New Unionism for the 90’s”
5th Annual Lecture October 18, 1990
Thomas Reilly Donahue
Thomas Donahue, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
“The AFL-CIO in the 1990’s”
4th Annual Lecture
March 28, 1990
William W. Winpisinger, President, International Association of Machinists (IAM)
“Labor’s Role in America’s Future”
3rd Annual Lecture October 24, 1988
Lane Kirkland
Lane Kirkland, President, AFL-CIO
“The American Labor Movement: Its Role; Its Relevance”
2nd Annual Lecture October 6, 1987
Lynn Williams, President, United Steelworkers of America (USW)
“The Legacy of Philip Murray and the Future of American Unionism”
1st Annual Lecture November 13, 1986