HIGHLAND | The Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor will host its 39th annual Labor and Community Awards reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wicker Park.
The event recognizes outstanding achievements in labor and provides political education and awareness to the community.
The Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor is an umbrella group that includes many unions in the region and bills itself as “the heart of the labor movement, partnering with state and community organizations and conducting state, local and national campaigns to improve life for working families.”
This year’s keynote speakers are U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
Dan Murchek, NWI Federation president, said the purpose of the event is to recognize union members and people who’ve worked with unions or helped or have been supportive of them.
The President’s Award (Dave Fagan, OEIU Local 150) – for enhancing the well-being of workers throughout Northwest Indiana by countless contributions which further the philosophy of the labor movement.
Union Label Award (Lake County Sheriff John Buncich) – for recognition of unselfish devotion to the labor movement through its promotion in all areas of endeavor: social, civic, education and political.
Lifetime Achievement Award (Larry Regan, Teamsters 142) – for the many years of labor activism and commitment to community; in support of the rights of brothers and sisters across Northwest Indiana.
Community Services Award (Dr. Debra Dudek, Portage School District) – for exemplary service to the community and for enhancing the quality of life for all mankind throughout Northwest Indiana.
Industrial Sector Award (Dave McCall, USW District 1)
Building Trades Sector Award – (David Tharp Carpenters Local 1005)
Jim Stemmler, retired Ironworker from Local 395, will receive the Joseph A. Beirne Community Service Award, which is presented annually and recognizes those labor leaders who have rendered outstanding volunteer service to the United Way movement.
The award has been given annually since 1977 and Stemmler is the second winner from Indiana.
For more information visit www.nwifed.org.