Unions: Friend or Foe of the Worker?
On Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m., Malone University Worldview Forum Council presents, "Unions: Friend or Foe of the Worker" at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Worship Center. Proponents are Greg Lawson of the Buckeye Institute and Brian Rothenberg of ProgressOhio with moderator Patty Long, professor of education. The program is free and open to the public.
Greg R. Lawson is the statehouse liaison and policy analyst at the Buckeye Institute. Lawson graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a major in communications and a minor in economics. His interest in the intersection of public policy and politics began while in college and fully took off when he became a Legislative Service Commission intern in 2001 working with a state representative. Lawson took that legislative experience with him to the Ohio Council for Home Care where he focused on Medicaid issues, PAC fundraising and grassroots organizing. Lawson has also served as a legislative liaison with the Ohio Department of Commerce. Other positions Lawson has served in include as a public relations strategist with a local PR company, TRIAD Inc. and as director of communications for a national hunting advocacy organization based in Columbus, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. Lawson has been active at the grassroots level in numerous local, county and statewide political campaigns since 2002. He serves on the boards of two Columbus based charter schools and is a member of the Columbus Council on World Affairs. He lives in the Grandview area with his wife and young son.
Brian P. Rothenberg is executive director of ProgressOhio, which he founded in 2006. Under his leadership, ProgressOhio has grown to more than 420,000 members. ProgressOhio is the state's largest progressive advocacy organization and is regularly sought out as the authority on progressive issues in Ohio. Rothenberg also served as press secretary on the executive staff of Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He was appointed deputy commissioner of marketing for Cleveland Public Power, and simultaneously served as campaign manager for the 2002 Ohio Democratic coordinated campaign and the Attorney General campaign of then Minority Leader Leigh Herington. In 2004, he served as AFSCME Take Back America / Take Back Ohio coordinator and then communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party in 2006, which he left to establish ProgressOhio, a non-profit dedicated to working on behalf of progressive causes in Ohio.
Patty Long, Ed.D., is professor of education and chair of the Education Department in the School of Education and Human Development at Malone University, where she has served since 1978.