In 1999, under the direction of founding Fellow Steve Tallent, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers embarked on a project to develop a video library dedicated to the history of labor and employment law. The premise of the library — to create a repository of oral histories culled from significant employment law topics or events — was meant not just to protect the past, but to serve the future as well.
By videotaping distinguished individuals who played a significant role or who had an opportunity to observe a milestone event relating to labor and employment law, the video history project has the potential to be a vital and important component of the history of the labor and employment law movement. Ultimately, the library will serve to enhance CLE programs and as a historical resource for law schools and schools of industrial relations, as well as state and local bar associations. The range of possible uses is only limited by the scope of imagination and the quality of the product.
A Distinguished Beginning
The first subject to be interviewed for the video library project was Howard Jenkins, who was also the first African American Member of the National Labor Relations Board (1963-1983). Under the direction of Carol M. Rosenbaum, the project's official producer/director, Mr. Jenkins' interview provided over three hours of video footage. Subsequently enhanced by historic archival film and audio material, the video set the standard for the library's foundation. Since this auspicious beginning in 2000, the experiences of nineteen other distinguished persons have been captured on video tape.
The following menu contains the description and download link to each existing video. To download any video, please click on the word VIDEO at the end of each description.
ERISA: Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The inside story from those who helped
make it a reality. William Kilberg moderates a panel that includes Henry Rose, Frank Cummings
Steven Sacher, Robert Nagle.
Roberta Golick, Esq. Distinguished Arbitrator/Mediator for more than 35 years and 2011-2012 President of
the National Academy of Arbitrators. [VIDEO]
George H. Cohen Legendary union lawyer,distinguished mediator and 17th Director of the Federal
Mediation and Conciliation Service. [VIDEO]
James Harkless Distinguished arbitrator and mediator for industry with a focus on steel, auto, and mining.
George Shultz former Secretary of Labor (1969-70) under President Richard Nixon; also served as
Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury and Director of OMB [VIDEO]
U. W. Clemon Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama(Chief Judge, 1999 - 2006) VIDEO
W. Willard Wirtz U. S. Secretary of Labor, 1962-1969 VIDEO
Don Banta and Warren Sullivan Management lawyers with 50 years of experience VIDEO
Sam Pointer Chief Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1982-1999 VIDEO
W. J. Usery, Jr. U. S. Secretary of Labor, 1976-1977 VIDEO
Theodore Kheel One of the century's most distinguished professional arbitrators/mediators and one of
New York's most influential public advocates. VIDEO
Howard Jenkins, Jr. Member, National Labor Relations Board 1963 - 1983 VIDEO
John Truesdale Former Executive Secretary and Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board VIDEO
Paul Tobias Veteran plaintiff attorney and founder of National Employment Lawyers Association VIDEO
Arvid Anderson Distinguished public sector labor arbitrator and Chair of New York City Office of
Collective Bargaining (1968 - 1987) VIDEO
Max Zimny Former General Counsel, International Ladies' Garment Workers Union and UNITE! VIDEO
George Nicolau Nationally recognized Labor Arbitrator and Veteran Practitioner VIDEO
Betty Southard Murphy First woman Member and Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, serving
from 1975-1979; also served as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division/US Department of Labor. VIDEO
Marvin Miller Former Executive Director of the National Baseball Players' Association (1966-1982),
helping to transform the baseball players' union into one of the strongest unions in the United States . VIDEO
Also part of our library are four recent subjects of the National Academy of Arbitrators' annual Fireside Chat: the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Circuit Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit and Frances K. Bairstow, Ted St. Antoine and Arnold Zack, all renowned arbitrators, labor relations consultants and educators. The NAA graciously gave permission for the College to capture on video these prominent and distinguished individuals and include them in our library.
As the list of potential subjects continues to grow, the College has named Cornell University's Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives as the repository for the video history project. Considered the guardian of unique historical material, including manuscripts, oral histories and collective bargaining agreements, the Kheel Center will house the College's project as part of a collection of 27 million documents that cover all aspects of the American workplace.
Ultimately, the Video History Project provides a tremendous opportunity to involve College Fellows on many levels. There is a real need for support of this program from the membership as a whole. We encourage your suggestions for candidates to be interviewed, including self-nomination. Each of you knows someone, or is someone, who should be the subject of a video history interview. Although we are not able to interview everyone who is recommended, your advice is needed as we put together a list of the best candidates available. We also have a need for financial assistance, given the substantive expenses involved in the interview process. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, any donation to the College's Video History Project is tax deductible and will greatly assist us. Finally, if you are interested in this project on any level, please contact our Executive Director, Susan Wan, at (410) 972-4711. We look forward to your involvement and participation.