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Stuart Bass

Stuart Bass

Labor Educator

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  1. Master of Science: George Mason University School of Public Policy,Organization Development and Knowledge Management


Stuart Bass is the Executive Director of the non-profit Keystone Development Partnership (KDP) created by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in 2005.  In 2001, he helped start the Keystone Transit Career Ladder Partnership with 32 Pennsylvania public transit agencies and 23 unions including the Amalgamated Transit Union, Transport Workers Union, Teamsters, and AFSCME.  In 2006, The PA Department of Labor & Industry awarded KDP grants to replicate the Transit Partnership for Pennsylvania’s electric, gas, and water utilities.  The Keystone Utilities Industry Partnership continues with 18 employers and 10 unions including the IBEW and Utility Workers Union.

Stu administers grants and contracts for KDP to form and manage Industry Partnerships for the manufacturing, logistics, transportation, and hospitality sectors.  Unions that participated included the United Auto Workers, United Steel Workers, the International Association of Machinists, and UNITE-HERE.  He also provides project management for Local Workforce Investment Board programs and private foundation grants.

Stu graduated from the National Labor College with a Master’s of Science Degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.  He graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  He is also a certified trainer for the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator.  His mission is to apply his education to support unions and social justice organizations to achieve their goals. 

Stu is a member of Transport Workers Union Local 234 since 1985.  He was elected to three terms as a TWU Local 234 Section Officer.  He then served as a full time safety officer and TWU business agent at SEPTA from 1998 to 2001.  In 2001, Stu was appointed the Local 234 Training Coordinator by the TWU International.  Since then, he served seven TWU Local 234 administrations in many staff capacities such as contract enforcement, arbitration preparation, writing newsletters, maintaining websites, organizing safety campaigns, and mobilizing members for contract negotiations.

Stu worked 18 years as a certified welder.  Prior to starting at SEPTA in 1985, he worked as a structural welder as a member of the Ironworkers Union, a Respiratory Technician Assistant as a member of District Council 1199C AFSCME, and a knitting machine operator as a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.