Stewart J. Acuff has been an organizer for more than 30 years. He started union organizing in1982 as the Service Employees International Union organizing coordinator in Texas where he and his team organized 12 nursing homes in two years. In 1985 Stewart went to Georgia where he founded SEIU Local 1985 and built the union up to 3000 members. In 1990 he became president of the Atlanta AFL-CIO where he organized and led the historic campaign to unionize the 1996 Olympics, labor's biggest victory ever in the South. In 2000 he went to work for the national AFL-CIO. Stewart was organizing director from 2001-2008. Under his tenure the labor movement grew by more than it had in a generation. Stewart developed the policy and legislation which became the Employee Free Choice Act and led the campaign to pass it. Now Stewart is Chief of Staff of the Utility Workers Union of America.
Dr. Richard A. Levins is Professor Emeritus of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is an award-winning author of books about policy and market power issues affecting the food system. His articles have appeared in major newspapers across the country, in leading industry publications, and in professional journals. His writing draws upon a 25-year academic career involving both advising ongoing businesses and teaching economic principals at the college level. He maintains an active practice in consulting, writing, and public speaking.