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Labor Education Center Staff and Advisory Committee


Jessica Cook has been Director of the Center since August 2016. Her PhD and MA in Sociology are from UIC. Jessica has more than 10 years experience organizing with unions, first as a staff organizer in the UNITE HERE international from 2006-2009, and then for 7 years as a leader and steward with the UIC Graduate Employees's Organization (IFT-AFT Local 6297) while working as a graduate instructor in Sociology. She has also worked with multiple Chicago based worker centers over the past 8 years. She began her work with the center as the Lead Instructor in January 2016 and directed the 2016 Regina V. Polk Summer High School Summer Internship program.
Bob Breving is Associate Director of the Center, and has taught our first year students for the past 30 years. Bob has spent 35 years as a union negotiator, organizer and editor for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, (IFT), the Cook County College Teachers Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He holds a Master's Degree from Roosevelt University.

Advisory Committee:

Our Advisory Committee is comprised of former students and labor leaders who support the Center's programming. Below are the current members:
Carlos Acevedo, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241
Joe Alexander, Buffalo Grove Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local 3177
Judith Armstead, Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600
Jack Canniff, Iron Workers Local 63
Juan Campos, Teamsters Local 705
Greg Foster, Teamsters Local 705
Rochelle Hudson Lowe, National Nurses United
Leroy Jones, SEIU Local 73
John Lodewyck, Elk Grove Village Professional Firefighters Association Local 2340
Art Mangialardi, United Armored Transporters of America
Richard Kuczkowski, Sewer and Tunnel Miners Local, Laborers Local 2
Bob Przybylinski, IBEW Local 21
Stu Sikora, Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600
Deb Takehara, Illinois Federation of Teachers
Paul Thompson, Iron Workers Local 63
Delores Withers, The Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel Local 1708
Paul Wright, IBEW Local 21
Beth Zavala, The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union Local 1