chief economist, director of policy, UNITE HERE!
Mark Levinson is chief economist and director of policy for the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (which recently merged with Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union to form UNITE HERE!). Mr. Levinson received a BA in economics and sociology from Colorado State University, and a PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research in 1985. For the past fifteen years, he has worked as an economist for labor unions, including the United Automobile Workers, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and UNITE. At UNITE HERE! he is responsible for directing research on companies in the apparel and textile industries, as well as analyzing these industries globally. Mr. Levinson also helped to set up the Fiscal Policy Institute, a coalition of unions and religious and social service organizations that publishes,* The State of Working New York*, and other reports on New York city, state budget and tax policy. In his work with the AFL-CIO, he has been involved with the labor movement's Campaign for Global Fairness and has testified before Congress several times on international trade issues. He is on the editorial board and is a book review editor for *Dissent magazine*, and is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation. His writings on trade policy, labor rights, and the global economy have been published in *Dissent, New Labor Forum, The Nation, Boston Review and The New York Times*. As a 2002/2003 Revson fellow at Columbia University, Mr. Levinson was engaged in research on globalization and how to improve the conditions of working people in the global economy.