January 12-14, 2001
San Josť City College, San Jose California

Mark Blum, Co-founder of Organizing Professionals
Senior Higher Education Consultant to the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO.
Facilitator: Interactive Breakouts Session II

Mark Blum and well-known labor advocate Stephen Schlossberg are co-founders of Organizing Professionals, a firm dedicated to providing consultation, training, and direct support to unions committed to implementing aggressive, innovative, and effective strategies for collective bargaining organizing and representation. Organizing Professionals' clients have included a number of union internationals. OP also provides consultation and direct support to a number of state-wide labor organizations, union coalitions, and union locals around the country.

Mark and Organizing Professionals have developed successful media and public relations campaign strategies for local unions and labor/citizens coalitions across the country. These have contributed to local election victories, membership growth, state-wide legislative victories, contract bargaining successes, anti-privatization victories, and measurable increases in public support for issues of concern to college and university educators and organized labor. In recent years, Mark's media relations campaigns have been critical to a series of significant union victories at the University of California and its associated federal laboratories.

In addition, Mark serves as senior consultant to the Higher Education Project of the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, Mark has served as a Professor of Economics, a union organizer, a union negotiator, and a faculty union president.. He as also served as Associate Director of Collective Bargaining and Director of State and Chapter Organizing for the American Association of University Professors in Washington, DC.

He has addressed issues in media and public relations, collective bargaining strategy, economics, higher education, labor management relations, health care and employee benefits in numerous articles and presentations. He also testifies frequently before state legislators regarding university financial practices, academic hospital financial practices, and issues related to privatization of public assets.

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