Steve Johnson Group Director for Labor Relations at Coca- Cola Refreshments
Class Of: 1996
Campus: Old Westbury Major: Master of Science
Labor of Love
Steve led labor and employee relations efforts during the integration of Coca-Cola Enterprises’ North American operations into the Coca-Cola Company, as well as the creation of its anchor bottler, Coca-Cola Refreshments—an accomplishment he lists among his proudest.
“The breadth of information available and the speed at which it travels creates a workplace where employees join collectively and are empowered in ways not seen before regardless of whether or not they are members of a collective bargaining unit. In such an environment, labor relations professionals need to expand their focus and recognize how even minor local labor and employee relations issues can result in significant—and potentially brand damaging—attention through the Internet and communications channels.”
A Thirst for Real-World Knowledge
“I chose NYIT to further my career because of the balanced and practical approach of its graduate human resources and labor relations program. My favorite memory is Professor Leon Applewhaite, who always brought to his classes a unique and interesting perspective.”
It’s Not Like That…
“The biggest misconception people have about working for Coca-Cola is that if I’m running low on soda at my house, I can simply go down to our warehouse and grab a case.”
The Shawshank Redemption
Osso bucco and Vietnamese pho noodle soup
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Anders Cohen Class of 1997 Profession: Chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at Brooklyn Hospital Center