About the Editor

I les Minoff is creator and editor of OurLifeAtWork.com The first stories published on OurLifeAtWork.com were written by labor leaders and activists in the Anthropology of Work class he taught at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in the early 1990s.

His start in anthropology was as a college student  in the late 1960s on a research project where he  working alongside migrant laborers in Upstate New York. He later did a field study for his doctorate on the the life and culture of the Italian community in the Near West Side of Chicago. In Chicago, he taught classes in sociology and anthropolgy at St. Xavier College.

In 1980 he joined a research team at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. to evaluate a large-scale federal welfare reform project. This was followed by a twenty-eight year career with the labor movement,  first at the Human Resources Development Institute on retraining programs for displaced workers and later at Union Privilege where he created benefit programs for union members and their families.

He has a wonderful and amazing wife, three great daughters, and  three of the cutest grandchildren on the face of the earth.