CWA vice president, Policy Matters board chair, dies in swimming tragedy
Posted July 21, 2012 in Press Releases
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Seth Rosen was a force for viewing worker and social justice broadly and for thinking about how racial justice, community organizing, labor organizing, and justice for unrepresented workers all fit together.
Seth Rosen, vice president of the Communications Workers of America, District 4, died Friday in the Outer Banks, NC, where he was vacationing with his wife, Kathi Thomas Rosen. Seth, a resident of Westlake, was the chair of the Board of Directors of Policy Matters Ohio.
“Some people are great forces for social justice, some are great friends, some amazing parents and spouses, some tremendous artists, and some are people who are warm, genuine, funny, and make you feel better every time you see them,” said Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters. “Seth was the rare person who was all of these things and more.”
Seth and Kathi had been vacationing in North Carolina while he was finalizing contract negotiations, by phone, with AT&T, whose workers CWA represents. The contract was settled Friday, and the Rosens went for a swim. Reports from friends and family indicate that the tide came in with strong waves and a powerful undertow, and Seth didn’t make it back to shore alive.
As vice president, Seth’s duties included coordination of all bargaining, organizing, and political action within the five states which make up District 4 of the Communications Workers of America