In Memorium: Rudy Oswald

The Washington DC chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (DC LERA) remembers the legacy of Rudy Oswald who passed away September 28, 2022. Rudy was an active member of DC LERA and its parent organization LERA.  He served as DC LERA President in 1972 just prior to becoming the Chief Economist for the AFL-CIO in 1976.  Rudy led the AFL-CIO’s economics and research efforts for 20 years, influencing multiple generations of union researchers. He led national LERA as president in 1980. Rudy earned his Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University.  He actively participated in DC LERA events even through the pandemic when we moved to all virtual meetings.  DC LERA remembers Rudy’s soft spoken but sharp analysis and will miss his presence.