Morton Bahr ’83, Communications Workers of America President Emeritus, Speaks to Graduates

Bahr at graduation with scholarship winners
From left to right: Hugh Hammett, Vice President for External Affairs; Joseph Moore, President; Mary Refermat, current Bahr Scholar student; Diane Petry, Bahr Scholar graduate; Morton Bahr, President Emeritus of CWA; Diane Archibee, Bahr Scholar graduate; Lori Stoney, current Bahr Scholar student; Stephen Lucas, current Bahr Scholar student

CDL Awards Diplomas to Distance Learners at Graduation

Morton Bahr, president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and a 1983 graduate of Empire State College, was the keynote speaker at the Center for Distance Learning graduation on November 5, 2006 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Nearly 80 of the 344 degree candidates traveled to Saratoga to walk the stage. The graduates came from 31 states and six foreign countries, including Lebanon, Italy, England and Japan.

Morton Bahr, who recently retired as president of CWA after 51 years with the union, is recognized as a leading voice of the labor movement, both in the United States and internationally. Bahr became president of the Communications Workers of America in 1985, guiding the more than 700,000-member union as it addressed the challenges of changing technology and an evolving workplace. Under Bahr’s leadership, CWA expanded its original mission of representing workers in telecommunications to also become the voice for workers in communications, information technology and other fields, creating a highly effective and vital union for the information age. As a vice president of the AFL-CIO, he chaired the federation’s Workers Education Committee. Under his leadership, CWA has pioneered innovative programs, especially in the area of worker education, and new techniques for helping workers win a union voice, including the “bargaining to organize” strategy.