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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies


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John Kretzschmar, Director

Received his Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. He worked with organized labor and the University of Nebraska at Omaha to start the Institute for Labor Studies in 1980. Since then, he has taught organizing and negotiating skills to thousands of trade unionists from Nebraska and surrounding states. He is a member of the American Association of University Professors and the United Association for Labor Education.

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Edgar Moore, Labor Educator

Received his Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. As a teacher in the Detroit public school system, he served on the executive board of the local union of the Detroit Federation of Teachers and as a delegate to the Detroit AFL-CIO Council. Moore served for 17 years on the faculty of the Labor Education and Research Service at Omaha State University. Before his move to Nebraska, he was director of labor programs in the western region office of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is a member of the American Association of University Professors and the United Association for Labor Educators.

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Susan Hayes, Staff Assistant

While working in the “Bell” system from 1969 to 2004 she was an active union member, a Steward with Communications Workers of America, Local 7400 and a manager in the Information Technologies department. She saw first-hand how managers reaped the benefit of the spill-over benefits that labor worked hard to achieve. As a single full-time working parent she accomplished her certification in Telecommunications Systems Management in the evenings from College of St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska. During a force reduction in April 2004 she left Qwest and found a part-time position in November 2004 with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Finally in May 2005 after continually searching for full-time employment she was hired with the State of Nebraska until their downsizing announcement. In May of 2010 she was hired here to replace a worker who left for another calling. Susan continues to work toward her degree and believes it's never too late to learn.