Dan Swinney has 35 years of community and labor organizing as well as community development experience. After graduating with a Bachelor's in History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Dan Swinney worked as a machinist for 13 years in the Chicago area. He organized Steelworker Local 8787 at G+W Taylor Forge in Cicero, Illinois and served as Vice President. Taylor Forge closed in 1983. Swinney founded the Center for Labor and Community Research in 1982 in response to the thousands of manufacturing plant closings in the Chicago area.
Crossroads board members
- Paul Lehman
- Lucy Ascoli
- Jean Hardisty
- Robert Weissbourd
- John Chester
- Dan Swinney
- Bill Moorehead
- Betty Calcote
- Kay Berkson
- Dovie Coleman
- Norman Groetzinger
- Amydelle Shah
New Party builder
She wrote a progress report on August 12 1992 which detailed meetings with Joe Gardner, Jackie Grimshaw (Deputy City Treasurer), Jim Pena (Federation for Industrial Retention and Renewal), lawyer Paul Strauss, Frank Rosen (Labor party Advocates), Connie Hall (IVI - IPO), Greg LeRoy and Lisa Oppenheim, (both Midwest Center for Labor Research). All were supportive.
She was also looking forward to meeting Ron Sable and Dan Swinney and reported that in May Dan Cantor held a New Party fund raising meeting in the Chicago home of Quentin Young, "with half a dozen good people present".
New Party News Fall 1994 listed over 100 New Party activists-"some of the community leaders, organizers, retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" the list included Dan Swinney, Midwest Center for Labor Research.
In an April 27, 1993 letter to prospective Progressive Chicago members, Dan Swinney wrote;
- I recently have become interested in the New Party as well as committed myself to see if we can build a Progressive Chicago network, working with Madeline Talbott of ACORN - the local New Party convener.
- I wanted to introduce you to the NP andProgressive Chicago and would like to talk to you about it to see if there is a role you want to play.
- Enclosed is a brochure, a longer description of the NP and the ideas behind it...