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Ed Ott is Distinguished Lecturer in Labor Studies with expertise in labor and politics. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the labor movement, most recently as Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, which represents 1.3 million trade unionists from over 400 affiliated organizations. Prior to assuming leadership of the Council, he served as its Director of Public Policy. In this capacity he played a pivotal role in several legislative initiatives, including passage of the Living Wage bill, the HealthCare Security Act, pension and social security protection, worker safety legislation, and campaign finance reform. Mr. Ott began his career in the labor movement as a union organizer, served as a local union officer, and later as the political director for several large labor organizations. He has lectured widely and has served on various public boards, commissions, and taskforces. He is frequently quoted in the media.