Michael Locker is founder and President of Locker Associates, Inc., an NYC business consulting firm that specializes in corporate restructuring, buyouts, feasibility studies, developing business plans and performing due diligence. As a
recognized authority on reorganizing troubled companies, Mr. Locker often representing employees in such efforts. Major clients have included trade unions (United Steelworkers, Machinists, United Auto Workers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters), financial institutions (Bank of Boston, Lazard Freres, Congress Financial, Santander Investment), law firms, bankruptcy trustees and government agencies.

Mr. Locker served as Chief Restructuring Officer and Trustee of J&L Structural, reorganizing that firm under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. As an investment advisor and consultant, Mr. Locker has authored and directed over 200 company/industry studies on steel, brass, copper, iron ore, mining, airlines, trucking, textiles, clothing, tires, energy, warehousing, banking and packaging equipment. Most of these projects involved an in-depth market and financial analysis conducted in conjunction with management. He has served as the investment advisor to the employees and investors in several transactions of small and medium size companies, many of which established employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Mr. Locker is also a leading steel industry analyst, publishing and editing for the last twenty years a monthly newsletter, Steel Industry Update, which is widely circulated to union officials, management personnel and financial experts. He has also conducted over 100 joint labor-management seminars at steel plants throughout North America and served as an expert witness in legal cases as well as arbitration proceedings at Inland, Bethlehem, National, LTV, Wheeling-Pitt and Republic Engineered Steel. He is also a member of the Iron & Steel Society. Over the last twenty years, Mr. Locker has founded, directed and served as President of five New York research, consulting and investment banking firms, incluiding Corporate Data Exchange (1973), Locker/Abrecht Associates (1980), Locker Associates (1985), Locker/Livingston Associates (1989) and MediaTek Consulting (2005).

Mr. Locker is a founder, director and former chairman of the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN). He has served on the board of directors of Pittsburgh Forgings, Meta Software and the Center for Labor & Community Research. He has been an advisor to Working Assets Money Fund and New York State Senator Franz Leichter. He has made major presentations to the United Steelworkers, the Canadian Steel & Employment Congress, United Auto Workers, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the American Association of University Professors, World Steel Dynamics Steel Survival Conference and financial analysts in the United States and Germany. He has also traveled to Latin America, the Peoples Republic of China and the former Soviet Union.

Mr. Locker attended Earlham College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1964. In 1966, he received a Masters of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Michigan. He has taught economics and social science at Brooklyn College. 4/4/14


Robert Howlett is an Associate with over twenty years of labor-related experience.

Since joining Locker Associates in 1998, Mr. Howlett has worked on projects related to the competitive prospects of companies and plants in many industries, including metals, warehousing, tire, transportation, distribution and food services. Mr. Howlett has also worked on projects involving trucking for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, as well as Atlantic City musicians for the American Federation of Musicians. He is particularly knowledgeable on warehousing and related industries. His work on these projects has included extensive industry research, market analysis, labor and management interviews and development of reports and presentations. Mr. Howlett manages the production, editing and distribution of the Steel Industry Update, a monthly newsletter published by Locker Associates that circulates to decision-makers throughout the steel industry.

Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Howlett worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as the Assistant to the Strategic Campaigns Director and as a Union Organizer. While working with the IBT's Strategic Campaign Department, Mr. Howlett worked on various social-justice projects, and acted as Director of The Long Island Food Distribution Center. He managed a staff of over twenty volunteers and coordinated the donation, packaging and distribution of grocery and perishable items to the recently unemployed in the area. Mr. Howlett's diverse work experience with the Teamsters included conducting workshops on sexual harassment in the workplace held at such places as Columbia University. He also volunteered his time to mentor college students in conjunction with Teamster Summer. Mr. Howlett also provided consulting services to AFSCME, involving research related to an organizing campaign at a Long Island medical center.

Mr. Howlett has extensive experience in the warehousing industry. Prior to his work with the Teamsters, Mr. Howlett worked at a major regional grocery warehouse from 1981-1996. While there, he served as Shop Steward for six years (elected three times by fellow employees) and worked on union negotiating committees. At another major national distribution company, Mr. Howlett began as a warehouseman and rose to Manager of Quality Control, the second highest position in the company related to quality.

Mr. Howlett graduated from Howell High School and has earned a Certificate of Understanding from The Computer Insight Learning Center. He attended Brookdale Community College. Mr. Howlett has completed many labor-related and human resources seminars. 4/4/14


Ben Bennett is an Associate with four years of experience working in the labor movement.

Before joining our firm, Mr. Bennett was a research analyst for Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. He worked on SEIU 32BJ’s campaign to organize workers at New York City’s airports and helped manage a campaign to organize building service workers employed by a large publicly traded real estate company. Mr. Bennett led communications with large institutional investors regarding the company’s labor practices, regulatory non-compliance and corporate governance. He researched and wrote several reports published by the union, and successfully organized community opposition to halt proposed nonunion luxury real estate developments.

Prior to his work at SEIU 32BJ, Mr. Bennett was employed as the Principal Researcher on Oliver Stone and Professor Peter Kuznick’s The Untold History of the United States, a ten-part documentary film series that aired on the Showtime network in 2012. For the series and accompanying book, he led a team of researchers compiling archival, print and online research on a variety of topics in twentieth century U.S. history. He also helped draft portions of the book and selected and cleared for publication all of the book’s photographs.

Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Kenyon College in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he attended graduate school at American University, where he is awaiting the final credit for a Masters of Arts degree in History. 6/23/15


From time to time Locker Associates offers internships to those who are interested. Please email us at lockerassociates@yahoo.com for information on how to apply.

Locker Associates' Presentation at the UAW Steel Council on February 25, 2013

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RPA Panel Discussion: Construction Costs in New York City: A Moment of Opportunity

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