Barney Oursler

Executive Director
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Barney assumed the leadership of Pittsburgh United in 2007 drawing on decades of experience organizing and winning economic justice iniatives and campaigns.  His start began in the late 1960’s, organizing for student power in high school and college, as well as coordinating opposition to the Vietnam War. While in graduate school he led a 3 year staff union recognition campaign. Barney became a local union officer at United Steelworkers Union Local 2227 and organized in the 'Steelworkers Fight Back' movement in the 1970’s.  He helped found the Mon Valley Unemployed Committee (MVUC) in the early 1980s which effectively mobilized thousands of workers to pass state and federal legislation over the next 25 years.  As co-director of the MVUC he helped pass the only state law protecting unemployed people from mortgage foreclosure in the country and shaped Federal laws for trade-impacted workers.  After building a statewide organization responding to Klan and Neo-Nazi activity in the state, Barney was a leader of a 4 year Living Wage campaign for the Alliance for Progressive Action (local Jobs With Justice chapter).