Participant profile: Lowell Peterson

It’s back to New York to find out about Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East.

American delegate: Lowell Peterson

Lowell Peterson

The Writers Guild of America, East is a 4,000-member labour union representing writers in television, motion pictures, radio, and new media – people who create drama, comedy, news, and more.

As executive director, Lowell is involved in negotiating contracts, developing and implementing comprehensive labour campaigns, including congressional and government campaigns, and managing the Guild’s staff responsible for all aspects of organising, membership mobilisation and retention, and contract enforcement.

A consummate labour lawyer and leader, prior to joining the WGAE, Lowell was partner at the firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, where he practiced in the areas of labour, ERISA, bankruptcy and litigation. He represented the AFL-CIO, UAW, Communications Workers of America, the Newspaper Guild, NABET, and Labourers, among others. He won tens of millions of dollars in severance pay representing laid off workers in the Enron and WorldCom bankruptcies, defended unions’ right to organise and to publicise disputes, and successfully litigated against employers for evading contract obligations.

He was Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan and also a three-term member of the Ann Arbor City Council.

Lowell received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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