W. J. USERY, JR.
Color photo in business suit, signed in wide lower margin
Photograph signed: "W. J. Usery Jr". Color, 8x10 overall, image 6x7¼,
one surface. Born Willie Julian Usery in 1923, he is often misidentified as
William, but prefers to be called Bill or W. J. Usery helped build Liberty Ships
for the Navy during World War II. In 1952 he joined the International
Association of Machinists, and soon proved a skilled labor organizer and
mediator. He was the IAM's representative to the Kennedy Space Center,
and became Assistant Secretary of Labor in the Nixon administration. After his
mediation efforts helped avert some threatened strikes, and after drafting an
executive order on union rules for the federal government, Usery was promoted in
January 1974 to Special Assistant to the President for Labor-Management
Affairs. He became Secretary of Labor in the final year of the Ford
administration. Leaving government service, he formed his own labor relations
consulting firm. President Clinton chose him in 1994 to mediate the Major
League Baseball strike. Lightly creased, not visible head-on. Otherwise,
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