Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET) DC Chair Herb Harris heads up the list of winners of the 2019 Evening with Labor awards, announced Metro Washington Council president Jackie Jeter. Harris will be awarded the J.C. Turner Award for Outstanding Trade Unionist of the Year at this year's Evening with Labor on Saturday, March 2 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD. “Herb’s role as a longtime advocate for rail safety has made him a key political player locally and statewide,” Jeter said. “He’s been a strong ally for the entire metro-area labor movement, and an enthusiastic participant in both the Committee on Political Education and the Metro Council’s Executive Board.” Click here for details, including ordering tickets and ads in the program book.
The other Evening with Labor awardees include SEIU local 722 (Thomas M. Bradley Community Services Award), AFSCME/NUHHCE 1199 (DC COPE Award and Golden Picket Sign), The Washington-Baltimore News Guild (Organizing Award), IATSE 22 (Organizing Award), and National Nurses United (Golden Picket Sign).
This year’s event will also feature a brand-new award, the Joslyn N. Williams Vanguard Award, which “recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the ability to impact labor’s future beyond traditional means,” said EWL Chair Doris Reed. The first recipient will be former MWC president Jos Williams “who embodies all of the characteristics of this award,” said Reed.
photo: Harris at the recent DC LaborFest book talk on "The Lac-Megantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied"; photo by Chris Garlock