Williams will be presented with the coveted JC Turner Award for Outstanding Trades Unionist of the Year, local labor’s top award, at the 2016 Evening With Labor on March 12.
“Jos has been a shining beacon of labor leadership, not just to those of us in the metro-area movement but across the country and around the world,” said Gino Renne, first Vice President of the Council and president of UFCW 1994/MCGEO. “He has led by stellar example, setting a high bar of worker solidarity that succeeding generations are honored to carry forward.”
Other award-winners include Community Services Awards for SMART Local 100 and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 891, Organizing awards for the Washington Teachers Union and AFSCME Local 658, and Golden Picket Sign awards for National Nurses United and UFCW 400.
Special honors will also go to Fred Allen, a Labor Council trustee and member of the Graphics Communications Conference of the Teamsters, who has served as Evening with Labor Dinner Chairman for most of its 39 years.
News4 politics and government reporter Tom Sherwood will emcee the event.
For more details on the dinner, including how to get tickets, go to dclabor.org and click on Evening With Labor.
On today’s labor calendar,
Supporters of Sakuma Berry Pickers will rally for justice today at 4pm, beginning at Washington Circle followed by a picket at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1820, Susan B. Anthony, suffragist, abolitionist and labor activist, wasd born in Adams, Massachusetts.
In 1934, U.S. legislators passed the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, providing funds for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, which funneled money to states plagued by Depression-era poverty and unemployment, and oversaw the subsequent distribution and relief efforts.
And in 1950, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, or CIO, expelled the Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers; the Food, Tobacco & Agricultural Workers; and the United Office & Professional Workers for quote unquote “Communist tendencies.” Other unions expelled for the same reason included the Fur and Leather Workers, the Farm Equipment Union, the International Longshoremen’s Union, and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers.
Today’s labor quote is by Susan B. Anthony, who said:
"Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work."