Usery Book Signing Draws a Full House

Georgia State University students and faculty gathered at the College of Law Library on March 10, 2015, to hear former Secretary of Labor W.J. “Bill” Usery describe a few of his more formative experiences.

From his scrappy childhood in Hardwick, Georgia, to the White House in service to five U.S. presidents, Usery’s work advanced labor relations in – and the future of – the U.S. space program, the nation’s automotive industry and Major League Baseball.

Usery, considered by many to be the nation’s top mediator, describes this journey and lessons learned in his new memoir, “Laboring for America,” copies of which he signed after welcoming introductions by Tom Lewis, special advisor to Georgia State University President Mark Becker, and College of Law Dean Steve Kaminshine.

Throughout Usery’s comments, there was one theme the 93-year-old World War II veteran and Distinguished Executive Fellow in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies touched on again and again.

“America is a great country,” he said. “America is a great country.”

The “Laboring for America” book signing and reception were hosted by the College of Law and the Andrew Young School. The book is available online at