Winter Park Institute

Robert Muehlenkamp

Social justice activist and trade union organizer


Robert Muehlenkamp: The Economy is Not Like the Weather; Economic and Political Reality

Event Details

Leading a spirited discussion of ideas and their affect on the economy, the Winter Park Institute was honored to host social justice activist and trade union organizer Robert Muehlenkamp on February 11.

Speaker Bio

Robert Muehlenkamp has been active in the social justice and trade union movements for more than 35 years. He served as Executive Vice President and National Organizing Director at SEIU-1199, the hospital workers union, and as the Teamster Organizing Director. Over the last several years he has coordinated campaigns with dozens of unions at corporations including General Electric and Delta and American Airlines.

Bob Muehlenkamp is described as a change master.  He has spent his career—which continues —working on behalf of “the people” to promote more fair and just lives.  A resident of Maryland, Muehlenkamp describes himself as a contract negotiator and trade union leader with extensive experience organizing workers in many different industries. 

He was one of three coordinators for the 1982 Peace Rally in Central Park and is a co-founder of U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) in Iraq. He was Senior Advisor with Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. He is currently applying Internet and e-mail organization techniques to various union and social justice campaigns, including the campaign to change Wal-Mart and co-founder of U.S. Labor Against the War in Iraq.

He teaches a course on “American Social Justice Movements” at the University of Maryland. Muehlenkamp has also taught undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland’s Academy of Leadership and in a leadership development program for elected union officials at Cornell University. 

Muehlenkamp holds a B.A. degree from Marquette University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.  He was a University of Wisconsin Ph.D. student in the late 1960s and attended the University of Maryland Law School in the early 1970s.