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Andy Levin
Deputy Director
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth

Andy Levin joined the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth as Deputy Director in February of 2007. He oversees operations of Workforce Programs, Commission for the Blind, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Career Education, Commission on Disability Concerns, Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives, and the Bureau Employment Relations.

Levin earned a B.A. with honors from Williams College, a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities and specialized in Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language and religious literature.

In the 1980s, Levin organized health care workers for the Service Employees International Union and co-founded a nonprofit to respond to workplace implications of the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

From 1994 to 2006, Levin worked on a wide range of national workplace policy issues in Washington, DC. He served as the staff attorney to the presidential Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations chaired by the late John Dunlop. In the Deputy Secretary’s office of the U.S. Department of Labor, he worked closely with employers, unions and other groups on policies ranging from the National Labor Relations Act’s Section 8(a)(2); the proposed TEAM Act; the Federal Transit Act’s provisions affecting mass transit workers; and reform of the overtime pay requirements of the FLSA. At the national AFL-CIO, he created and led the innovative Union Summer program, engineered experimental multi-union organizing projects in five targeted cities across the U.S., and led the Voice@Work Campaign to transform U.S. labor laws to fit 21st Century realities.

Levin is the author of several articles in law reviews and other publications and is co-editor of the 2006 book Justice on the Job.

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