Mike Olszanski


Anderson Library Conference Center, Room 212
John Anderson Library Conference Center
(219) 981-4259
Area of responsibility:
Labor Studies: IUSSW system with office located at IU Northwest
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Graduate student, Labor Studies

Bachelor General Studies, IU, 2006  Minor in Sociology, Certificate in Labor Studies

Area of Interest

Labor Studies, History, Political Economy

Teaching Interest

Labor Studies

Practice Experience

Outreach Coordinator, Labor Studies Department, School of Social Work, 2010-Present

Assistant to the Coordinator, Swingshift College, IUN 1998-2010, Helped support and build Popular Education program for working adults. Helped workers attend the university and attain degrees.

President, Local 1010, United Steelworkers of America, 1987-1988

Environmental Chair, District 31, United Steelworkers of Amerca, 1977-1981.Union advocate for clean air, clean water, green energy. Organized the first Environmental Committe in the USW. Built union/environmentalist/community coalition. Served on Boards of Save the Dunes Council, Lake Michigan Federation, Bailey Alliance Anti-Nuclear power group. Spoke in Washington D.C., represented District 31 at the White House.

Union Activist, 1970-1998, Chair, Rank & File Caucus of Local 1010, USWA,. Opposed & fought Labor/Management Participation Teams (LMPT), Job-combining & eliminating work rule changes, concessions. Supported members Right to Ratify Contracts, union democracy .Supported Shorter Work Week campaign. Ed Sadlowski campaign for USWA president.

Electrical Technician, Inland Steel, 1963-1998, Worked in Basic Steel Mill (Blast Furnace, Open Hearth, Cold Strip) for 33 years. As ET, I was responsible for all Electrical and Electronic equipment and control systems in the #3 Cold Strip Department including maintenance, repair and troubleshooting.

Publications / Presentations

Co-Editor with James B. Lane of "Steelworkers Fight Back: Inland's Local Union 1010 and the Sadlowski/Balanoff Campaigns" (Steel Shavings, Volume 30, 2000)