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Secretaries of L&I


Myron L. Joseph

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Myron L. Joseph was born and raised in New York City. He graduated in 1942 from the City College of New York with an economics degree; worked briefly as an economist for the War Production Board and as an inspector for the U.S. Army Ordinance and served as a radar officer in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1946; earned his masters degree in labor economics from Columbia University in 1947; doctorate in economics, labor economics, and law from the University of Wisconsin in 1953, where he taught while a graduate student; joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in 1948; full professorship in 1964.
Joseph was a well-known expert on industrial relations; has remained a professor at Carnegie Mellon since 1964 as Professor of Economic and Industrial Administration at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration; Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, 1972-75; Chairman of the Department of Administration and Management Science, 1964-72.
Joseph was a senior staff economist to the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from June 1963 to September 1964, and advised on the impact of the administration’s policies on wages, employment, and labor relations; he has extensive experience as an arbitrator; designed and was chairman of the first United Steelworkers of America program for international representatives at Penn State University in 1960.
Regional Chairman of the National Academy of Arbitration; Trustee of Joint Council on Economic Education; member of World-at-work Economics Education Advisory Board of the Joint Council; a judge for the International Paper Company’s Award Program for the teaching of economics; former member (1966-1977) of the National Manpower Policy Task Force, a committee which advises government agencies on manpower policies; former member (1969-1976) of Upjohn Institute’s Research Advisory Committee on Unemployment Insurance.
He was on arbitration panels of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the American Arbitration Association; and he has advised the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Director of the Pittsburgh Urban League (1966-1972); Director of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
He was appointed Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry in 1979.
From Response, Spring 1979, vol. 6, no. 28.