DC Fire Fighter Going to Harvard

Monday, November 25, 2013

DC Fire Fighter Going to Harvard(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

Ed Smith is going Ivy League. The Fire Fighters Local 36 president has been awarded an IAFF scholarship to attend the 2014 Harvard Trade Union Program, a 6-week program that runs from early January to mid-February. “I hope this demonstrates my commitment to continue to learn and grow as a union leader,” Smith told Union City. Organized by an interdisciplinary team of Harvard faculty, the program’s curriculum is built around a set of core courses supported by topical seminar series and other specially arranged programs. Core courses include topics like “Strategic Planning for Unions,” “Leadership and Organizational Change,” “Lessons from Labor History” and “Union Governance.” Smith has worked for the DC Fire Department for 21 years, serving in some of the city’s busiest companies, “starting at Engine 10 in Trinidad in 1992, which has consistently been one of the nation’s busiest engines for years,” Smith says. He’s currently the Captain of Rescue Squad 1 in Chinatown, “a specialized rescue unit dealing with everything from high angle rescues, water rescue, and hazardous materials.” The Harvard program also offers seminar series and individual presentation of issues and problems facing union leaders and the labor movement, enabling participants to exchange perspectives and discuss strategies with some of the most talented and innovative practitioners and analysts in a particular area. 


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