2016 ILCA Labor Media Award Winners

 

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Steinbock Award
The highest single award for journalistic excellence

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Prison Program Offers Skills, Redemption
By Len Shindel

 

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
1st Place: General Excellence: Website: National/International
AFGE.com
By AFGE Communications Department

1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Collateral: National/International
OPM Data Breach Ad in Politico
By AFGE Communications Department

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Photograph: National/International
Together, We Have Hope for Our Future
By AFGE Communications Staff, Chelsea Bland

2nd Place: Visual Comms: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: National/International
A Time to Choose: Why We Face a Very Dangerous Future And What We Can Do About It
By AFGE Communications Department

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: National/International
Collateral for VA Health Care
By AFGE Communications Department

2nd Place: Writing: Best Labor History: National/International
My Day with Cesar Chavez
By AFGE Communications Department

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: National/International
AFGE Membership Shatters 300K Barrier Cover

By AFGE Communications Department

3rd Place: Writing: Best Profile: National/International
For These Married TSOs, Shutdown Comes with Double the Anxiety
By AFGE Communications Department

Honorable Mention: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: National/International
A Union on the Rise: AFGE National Officers Report to the 40th National Convention
By AFGE Communications Department

 

AFSCME Council 28/WFSE
2nd Place: Writing: Best Analysis: State/Local
A Tale of Two Budgets
By Tim Welch

2nd Place: General Excellence: Blog: State/Local
Hotline News Service
By Tim Welch

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best News Video: State/Local
Our View 6/2015
By Tim Welch, Producer; Chuck Bolland, Director

3rd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: State/Local
Fund Our Contracts
By Tim Welch

 

AFSCME Council 37
1st Place: Electronic Media: Best News Video: State/Local
PEP Officers Protect Battery Park City
By Chris Policano, Clarence Elie-Rivera, Joe Lopez and Rudy Orozco

1st Place: Writing: Best Feature Story: State/Local
Union fights workplace violence
By Diane S. Williams

2nd Place: Writing: Best News Story: State/Local
Underfunding and understaffing plague public libraries
By Gregory N. Heires

3rd Place: Writing: Best News Story: State/Local
Rat Wars
By Diane S. Williams

3rd Place: Writing: Best Labor History: State/Local
Remembering King
By Diane S. Williams

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Audio: State/Local
State of the Union
By Chris Policano and Rudy Orozco

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Series: State/Local
Ebola series
By Diane S. Williams

Honorable Mention: Visual Communications: Best Photo Essay or Gallery: State/Local
Equal Pay Now!
By Clarence Elie-Rivera

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: State/Local
The value of public services
By Henry Garrido

 

AFSCME Council 5
2nd Place: Multimedia Award: Best Multimedia Campaign
Minnesota WaterWorks
By Trisha Harms & Lynette Kalsnes

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: Local
Safe Staffing MN
By Trisha Harms

 

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
1st Place: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: National/International
Pilot Musings: History, Pride, and a Little Pin
By Bruce Benyshek

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: National/International
The Landing: Spin the Wheel
By Susan Boulter, ALPA Staff

1st Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: Local/Regional
The New York Minute (Delta LEC #66)
By Capt. Tom Brielmann et al

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Magazines: National/International
Air Line Pilot, November 2015
By Magazine/Graphic Designer Susan Boulter

2nd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Flyer: National/International
ALPA Plane Graveyard PAC ad
By Zack Mooneyham, Susan Boulter

2nd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Political Action: National/International
Eighth Grader Takes on Open Skies
By John Perkinson

2nd Place: Writing: Best Profile: National/International
Retired Spirit Pilot Receives Hall of Fame Honors
By John Perkinson

2nd Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: Local/Regional
The Widget (Delta MEC)
By Capt. Mike Donatelli, Kelly Regus, et al

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: National/International
Northern Navigator
By ALPA First Air Pilots

3rd Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: Local/Regional
The Wiss-key (ALPA Air Wisconsin MEC)
By Ken Reinert et al

 

American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
1st Place: Writing: Best Profile: National/International
Allen Toussaint Reveals Why He’d Never Leave the Big Easy

By Cherie Yurco

2nd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: State/Other
International Musician October 2015/November 2015

By Sam Folio / American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

3rd Place: Writing: Best Labor History: National/International
Remembering the Greatest Labor Songwriter the Nation Has Ever Known

By Cherie Yurco

 

Associated Musicians of Greater New York, AFM Local 802
2nd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 1,001-10,000
Allegro magazine

By Mikael Elsila, editor

 

The Musicians Union of Hollywood, AFM Local 47
2nd Place: Visual Comms: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: State/Local
Overture Online App

By Linda A. Rapka, Nate Herrera

2nd Place: Writing: Best Electronic Content: State/Local
The Local 47 Beat
By Linda A. Rapka, Gary Lasley

2nd Place: General Excellence: Electronic Publication: State/Local
The Local 47 Beat

By Linda A. Rapka, Gary Lasley

3rd Place: General Excellence: Blog: State/Local
47 Blog

By Linda A. Rapka

3rd Place: General Excellence: Website: State/Local
afm47.com

By Linda A. Rapka, Gary Lasley

3rd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 1,001- 10,000
Overture Magazine

By Linda A. Rapka, Gary Lasley

 


American Postal Workers Union

1st Place: Writing: Best Labor History: National/International
A Look Back: The Charleston Five
By APWU Communications

1st Place: Writing: Best Feature Story: National/International
Young Postal Workers: Speaking Up, Speaking Out
By APWU Communications

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photo Essay or Gallery: National/International
Members Turn Up the Heat on May 14 National Day of Action
By APWU Communications

2nd Place: Writing: Best Series: National/International
Stop Staples
By APWU Communications

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Magazines: National/International
The American Postal Worker: September/October 2015 Issue
By APWU Communications

 

Amalgamated Transit Union International
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Cartoon: National/International
ATU Bus with Presidential Candidates
By Mike Konopacki and ATU International

1st Place: Writing: Best Electronic Content: National/International
ATU International website
By ATU International

1st Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Political Action: National/International
ATU, progressive coalition shake up Chicago establishment in mayor’s race
By ATU International

1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Flyer: National/International
Chris Christie milk carton missing doorhang
By ATU International

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: National/International
In Transit July/August cover
By ATU International

1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Mail Piece: National/International
The Big Pig – Fix The T
By ATU International Staff

2nd Place: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: National/International
A Streetcar Named Deception
By ATU International President Larry Hanley

2nd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Collateral: National/International
ATU Chuy Garcia campaign
By ATU International

2nd Place: General Excellence: Website: National/International
ATU International website
By ATU International Staff

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: National/International
ATU International Website
By ATU International

3rd Place: General Excellence: Electronic Publication: National/International
ATU Dispatch
By ATU International Staff

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: National/International
Bus driver bathroom breaks are a matter of human dignity and decency
By ATU International

Honorable Mention: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: National/International
NYC school bus Local struggles have long history
By ATU International

 

California Federation of Teachers
3rd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: National/International
California Teacher
By CFT Officers and Editorial Team; Editor Jane Hundertmark

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Magazines: State/Local
California Teacher
Graphic Design by Kajun Design, Edited by Jane Hundertmark

3rd Place: Writing: Best Analysis: State/Local
Why did the university refuse $25 million in state funding?
By David Bacon, CFT Reporter

Honorable Mention: Visual Comms: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: State/Local
CFT Convention Call
Graphic Design by Kajun Design

 

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
1st Place: General Excellence: Blog: State/Local
Labor’s Edge
By Rachel Warino, Editor (numerous authors)

3rd Place: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: State/Local
Brown should sign bill to protect worker rights
By Art Pulaski

3rd Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: State/Other
What is a Union Pocket Card
By Jody Ginsburg

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: National/International
Changing the Narrative Facebook Series
By Steve Smith, Jody Ginsburg, Rachel Warino

 

California School Employees Association
1st Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: State/Other
Can You Inspire, Engage and Lead?
By CSEA Communications Team

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: State/Local
CSEA Pocket Calendar 2015
By CSEA Communications Team

2nd Place: General Excellence: Website: State/Local
CSEA.com
By CSEA Communications Team

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Magazines: State/Local
Focus Magazine, September/October 2015
By CSEA Communications Team; Jessica Salam, Senior Design Coordinator

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: State/Local
Helping Kids Belong
By CSEA Communications Team, Photo by Kohjiro Kinno

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: State/Local
Work, Play & Life
By CSEA Communications Team

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Illustration: State/Local
Your Ideas Here
By CSEA Communications Team; Justin Garcia

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: State/Local
Cal Gen Summit: Discover the Leader in Yourself
By CSEA Communications Team; Justin Garcia, Multimedia Design Specialist

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: State/Local
CSEA.com
By CSEA Communications Team

Honorable Mention: General Excellence: Print Publication: National/International
Focus Magazine
By CSEA Communications Team

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best News Story: State/Local
Members Act Quickly to Protect Kids, then Donate to Rebuild Lives
By CSEA Communications Team; Julian Peeples

 

Civil Service Employees Association
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: State/Local
When Tragedy Strikes, CSEA Members Respond
By Jessica Ladlee and Nowak Associates

3rd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 30,001+
The Work Force
By CSEA Communications Department

 

Heartland Labor Forum
1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Audio: State/Local
Joe Hill’s Last Will
By Santino Scalici

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Longform Audio: State/Local
A New Crop of Women Leaders Report Back from the Midwest School for Women Workers and UAW Auto Negotiations: No More Tiers?
By Cris Mann and Santino Scalici

 

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
1st Place: General Excellence: Blog: National/International
iMail
By Jonathan Battaglia, Richard Luciani

2nd Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: National/International
2015 IAM Human Rights Conference Posters
By Mike Mancini

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: National/International
IAMAW Legislative
By Kiley Hernandez

3rd Place: Writing: Best Electronic Content: National/International
Young Machinists Inspire Change at NextUp Young Worker Summit
By Jonathan Battaglia

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best News Video: National/International
Mechanics Locked Out of Piemonte Chevrolet
By Tanya Hutchins

 

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB)
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Photo Essay or Gallery: National/International
L-169’S NEVEDAL WINS 2015 GRADUATE APPRENTICE TITLE
By Mike Linderer, Director of Communications/photographer; Mary Echols, designer

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: National/International
Rosie – 3-screen (150 ft long) convention video
By Wide Awake Films and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Newspapers or Newsletters: National/International
The Boilermaker Reporter, V54N4
By Newton B. Jones, International President and Editor-in-Chief;
Mike Linderer, Managing Editor; Mary Echols, designer

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: National/International
The Vote (What to Expect When Organizing)
By Wide Awake Films and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

3rd Place: General Excellence: Website: National/International
33rd Boilermakers Consolidated Convention website
By Tim Canon, Webmaster; Mike Linderer, Director of Communications

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photograph: National/International
Styczynski cuts a French Curve
By Mike Linderer, Director of Communications/photographer

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: National/International
Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, MS – 3-screen (150 ft long) convention video
By Wide Awake Films and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

 

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
1st Place: Electronic Media: Best News Video: National/International
Building Hope in Haiti
Producer, Editor, and Photographer – Colin Kelly

1st Place: Writing: Best Analysis: National/International
Technical Revolution Advances in Construction
By Len Shindel

1st Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: National/International
Texas Utility Workers Win Contract
By Lucas Oswalt

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Newspapers: National/International
The Electrical Worker
By IBEW Media

2nd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Organizing: National/International
Membership Reaches All-Time High
By Ben Temchine

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: National/International
Call to Serve: IBEW Members in Public Office
By IBEW Media

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: National/International
IBEW Builds Net-Zero Energy Training Center
By Senior Producer & Editor, Sean Bartel; Photographer, Erin Sutherland

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best News Video: National/International
IBEW Helps Rebuild Joplin, Missouri
By Senior Producer & Editor, Sean Bartel; Producer, Editor, and Photographer, Colin Kelly

2nd Place: Writing: Best Electronic Content: National/International
IBEW Media Center
By IBEW Media

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: National/International
IBEW Young Worker Conference (RENEW)
By Senior Producer, Sean Bartel; Photographer and Editor, Erin Sutherland

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photograph: National/International
The Voters Pick Favorites in 17th IBEW Photo Contest
By IBEW member Shawn Murphy

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: National/International
IBEW and Florida Power and Light: United in Excellence
By Senior Producer & Editor, Sean Bartel; Photographer, John Sellman

3rd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Organizing: National/International
New Technology, Tactics Win Workers in LA
By Len Shindel

3rd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Flyer: National/International
Siemens
By IBEW Media

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: National/International
Cross-country Locals Team Up to Win Organizing
By Senior Producer & Editor, Sean Bartel; Photographer, Erin Sutherland

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: National/International
IBEW Tree Trimmer Boot Camp
Producer, Editor, and Photographer, Colin Kelly

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: National/International
Taking Out the Trash
By International President Edwin D. Hill

 

IBEW Local 1245
1st Place: Writing: Best Electronic Content: State/Local
IBEW 1245 Website
By Rebecca Band

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: State/Local
Linemen Without Borders: IBEW 1245 and the Suriname American Brotherhood Initiative
By IBEW 1245

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: State/Local
Unity is Power
By Eric Wolfe

2nd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Flyer: State/Local
The Union Difference/Public Sector Under Attack
By Rebecca Band

2nd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 10,001- 30,000
Utility Reporter
By Rebecca Band

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: Local
Linemen Without Borders
By Rebecca Band

 

Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Newspapers or Newsletters: State/Local
Building Trades News June 2015 Issue
By Ron Miller, Publisher; Anne-Marie Otey, Editorial Director; Cynthia Tan, Art Director

1st Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Political Action: State/Local
Trades Win for Workers in Sacramento, September 2015, Pages 4, 15
By Leslie Berkman

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: or Newsletters: State/Local
Building Trades News August 2015 Issue
By Ron Miller, Publisher; Anne-Marie Otey, Editorial Director; Cynthia Tan, Art Director

3rd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Political Action: State/Local
Workers Win at State Capitol – August 2015 Issue, Pages 12, 44, 45
By Robert Buscemi

 

Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO
1st Place: General Excellence: Electronic Publication: State/Local
Union City
By Chris Garlock, Managing Editor

 

Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photo Essay or Gallery: State/Local
Vikings Stadium Safety Walk, June 17, 2015
By Steve Share

 

Minnesota AFL-CIO
2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Audio: State/Local
Minnesota Works Podcast: Safe Staffing on Workers Memorial Day
By Chris Shields

 

Move UP! (COPE Local 378)
1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Flyer: State/Local
#BCAAFail at Jurassic Park summer movie night
By MoveUP

1st Place: Multimedia Award: Best Multimedia Campaign
BCAA Lockout Campaign (Real Leaders Don’t)
By MoveUP / Public Address

1st Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 10,001- 30,000
Local Voice – Summer 2015 and Fall/Winter 2015
By Sage Aaron, Editor

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Cartoon: State/Local
Penguins
By HUW – Move UP! (COPE Local 378)

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: Local
Real Leaders Don’t – Social Media Campaign
By MoveUP / Public Address

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: State/Local
Metro Vancouver Transit Referendum Series
By MoveUP

3rd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Persuasive Message: State/Local
Real Leaders Don’t – In response to 70 of our members at BCAA being locked out for more than 6 months
By MoveUP

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Electronic Content: State/Local
Why our members are voting yes – Transit Referendum YouTube series
By MoveUP

 

NY State United Teachers (NYSUT)
1st Place: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: State/Local
5 Questions for Lia Council
By NYSUT staff

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Illustration: State/Local
Cuomo, Feb. 2015, page 6
By Mark Sharer, illustrator

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: State/Regional
NYSUT Facebook
By Rebecca Miller

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Photograph: State/Local
NYSUT United April 2015 cover
By El-Wise Noisette, Photographer

1st Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: State/Local
NYSUT United March 2015
By Mary Fran Gleason, Editor-in-Chief

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: State/Local
www.nysut.org
By Bryan Thomas, Webmaster

2nd Place: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: State/Local
Notes from Karen E. Magee – New Yorkers Rising Up Against Cuomo’s Barricades to Progress/April 2015
By Karen E. Magee, President/Frank Maurizio, Editor

3rd Place: Writing: Best Series: State/Local
First Book Series
By Liza Frenette

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: State/Local
June 2015
By Dana Fournier, Designer

3rd Place: Writing: Best Feature Story: State/Local
The Big Chill
By Darryl McGrath

 

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (AFSCME Local 11)
3rd: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: State/Local
Friedrich’s: Not-so-fun Factoids
By Pattie Boy

 

Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA)
Honorable Mention: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: State/Other
Building a Strong Tomorrow: Advancing Member Priorities
By OSEA staff, Jason Cox, Michael Plett

 

People’s World
1st Place: Writing: Best Series: National/International
Considering the “racial conversation,” a three-part series
By Tim Libretti

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Audio/Podcast/Radio Broadcast: National/International
Talking race and labor with two young leaders
By Patrick Foote

2nd Place: Writing: Best News Story: National/International
Protesters serve notice to McDonald’s shareholders: $15 and union
By Teresa Albano

2nd Place: Writing: Best Feature Story: National/International
Safety tops strike demands for oil workers at BP refinery
By Teresa Albano

2nd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: National/International
Teachers angry over stalled talks take downtown Chicago
By Patrick Foote

3rd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Political Action: National/International
California teachers fight to save their union and the schools
By Michelle Kern

3rd Place: Writing: Best News Story: National/International
COP 21: Unions sow the seeds of labor to yield green jobs
By Blake Deppe

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best News Story: National/International
Potato chip boss to workers: “Screw you and your f**king union”
By C.J. Atkins

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Longform Audio: National/International
U.S. labor leader in Paris talks about eco-crisis challenges facing unions
By Teresa Albano and Patrick Foote

 

Professional & Technical Employees Local 17
1st Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 1,001- 10,000
Insight
By Professional & Technical Employees Local 17 ; Deidre Girard, editor

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: State/Local
What is the attendance incentive?
By Professional & Technical Employees Local 17; Deidre Girard, Producer

 

Professional Employees Association
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Magazines: State/Local
The Professional
By Brett Harper

2nd Place: Writing: Best Profile: State/Local
Putting the Science Back into Prescribing
By Jessica Woolard

 

Professional Staff Congress (PSC)
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Photo Essay or Gallery: State/Local
Faculty and Staff Blockade Doors to CUNY Central, Demand Fair Contract to Protect Quality Education
Compiled by Amanda Magalhaes; Photos by Dave Sanders and Erik McGregor

1st Place: Writing: Best News Story: State/Local
Militant action highlights contract fight
By Shomial Ahmad and Adele M. Stan

1st Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: State/Local
Militant action highlights contract fight
By Shomial Ahmad and Adele M. Stan

1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Collateral: State/Local
PSC contract campaign – 2015 posters signs cardboard cut-out and t-shirts
By PSC Communications Staff

1st Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Organizing: State/Local
Twitter campaign #broklyncollege spurs repairs October 2015
By Shomial Ahmad and PSC Chapter at Brooklyn College

2nd Place: Writing: Best Labor History: State/Local
City College, Selma, Montgomery
By Shomial Ahmad, Clarion Associate Editor

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: State/Regional
PSC contract campaign hashtags
By PSC staff, members and supporters

2nd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: National/International
CLARION
Editor: Adele Stan / Associate Editor: Shomial Ahmad

2nd Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: State/Other
DEFENDING THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET: A CALL TO ACTION
By Social Safety Net Working Group, PSC Retirees’ Chapter

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Audio/Podcast/Radio Broadcast: State/Local
We need Albany to invest in CUNY
Produced by Shorr Johnson, Magnus Strategic Media

3rd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Flyer: State/Local
May Day 2015 Flyer
Written by Fran Clark, Layout by Amanda Magalhaes, Photo by Dave Sanders

3rd Place: Writing: Best Profile: State/Local
Hunter prof helps bring down Confederate flag
By Shomial Ahmad, Clarion Associate Editor

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: State/Local
PSC Members Demand Fair Contract, Quality Education
By Marc Bussanich

Honorable Mention: Visual Commun: Best Front Page/Cover: Newspapers: State/Local
Clarion September 2015 Cover
By Margarita Aguilar

 

Public Employees Federation (PEF) Council 234/SEIU
1st Place: Writing: Best Profile: State/Local
Shadowing A Parole Officer
By Deborah A. Miles

 

SAG-AFTRA
1st Place: General Excellence: Electronic Publication: National/International
SAG-AFTRA Digital Special Issue 2015
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

1st Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: National/International
SAG-AFTRA Magazine
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: National/International
SAG-AFTRA Special Digital Issue 2015
By Yvette Youssefia and SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Magazines: National/International
SAG-AFTRA Summer 2015
By Yvette Youssefia and SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: National/International
The Best in the Business: The Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Video: National/International
The SAG-AFTRA Story
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: National/International
Get Empowered!
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

2nd Place: Visual Comms: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: National/International
Show Us Your Card!
By Yvette Youssefia and SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

2nd Place: Writing: Best Analysis: National/International
The Best in the Business: SAG-AFTRA Needs You for Commercials Recapture
By Tom Leupold and SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: National/International
Two Degrees of Debbie Reynolds
By Yvette Youssefia and SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

3rd Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: National/International
Working For You!
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

Honorable Mention: Multimedia Award: Best Multimedia Campaign, National/International
The Best in the Business
By SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

Honorable Mention: Visual Comms: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: National/International
Working For You!
By Yvette Youssefia and SAG-AFTRA Communications & Marketing

 

St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune
1st Place: Writing: Best Series: State/Local
Nuclear Security
By Ed Finkelstein

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Newspapers: State/Local
St. Louis Labor Tribune, July 30-August 5, 2015
By Tim Rowden

2nd Place: Writing: Best Series: State/Local
Construction Crisis
By Ed Finkelstein

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Illustration: State/Local
It’s Christmas Year-Round
By Sean O’Conner


Seafarers International Union, SIU

1st Place: Writing: Best News Story: National/International
In Memory of the El Faro Crew
by Jordan Biscardo

3rd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: State/Other
Seafarers LOG
By Jordan Biscardo

Honorable Mention: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Newspapers: National/International
Tragedy At Sea
By Jordan Biscardo

 

Sender’s Communications Group
1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: National/International
Labor 411
By Sahid Fawaz and Ross Lenihan

 

Society of Professional Engineers and Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) /
IFPTE 2001
3rd Place: Best Series: National/International
Aerospace Tax Incentive Accountability
By Bill Dugovich, SPEEA communications director

 

St. Paul Regional Labor Federation
3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Newspapers: State/Local
St. Paul Union Advocate, April 2015
By Michael Moore

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photograph: State/Local
Getting an Earful
By Michael Moore

3rd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Organizing: State/Local
Taking Back What They Lost
By Michael Moore

 

Transport Workers Union (TWU)
2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Video: National/International
TWU Local 525 Memorial Beam
By Mary Matthews

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: National/International
TWU Attends 2015 AFL-CIO MLK Conference
By Mary Matthews

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best News Video: National/International
TWU Local 100: GCS Call Center Workers Fight Back
By Mary Matthews

3rd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: National/International
With Solidarity Across the Union, Victory at Gray Line Is Near!
By TWU

Honorable Mention: General Excellence: Print Publication: State/Other
TWU Express December 2015
By TWU

 

Transport Workers Union Local 100
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: State/Local
We Are Not Criminals
By Noah Rodriguez

1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Persuasive Message: State/Local
TWU Takes on NYC Mayor, Wins $1.8 Billion Increase in Capital Funds for Mass Transit
By TWU Local 100 Communications, Jim Gannon, Sr. Director

2nd Place:: Visual Communications: Best Cartoon: State/Local
Uncuff ‘em, Mayor DeBlasio!
By Fred Harper

 

UFCW 1167
3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Newspapers or Newsletters: State/Local
Spring 2015
By Rick Bruer

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Labor History: State/Local
106-year-old Roland Kelley called union ‘one of the best things in life’
By Rick Bruer

Honorable Mention: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 1,001- 10,000
Spring-Summer 2015
By Rick Bruer

 

UFCW Canada
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Illustration: National/International
Labour day 2015
By UFCW Canada

1st Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Persuasive Message: National/International
Stop Stephen Harper 2015 Election Campaign E-Cards
By UFCW Canada

1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Design: Single-Issue Publication: National/International
The Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada 2015
By UFCW Canada

1st Place: General Excellence: Single Issue Publication: National/International
The Status of Migrant Workers in Canada 2015
By UFCW Canada

2nd Place: General Excellence: Electronic Publication: National/International
DIRECTIONS
By UFCW Canada

3rd Place: Writing: Best Editorial or Column: National/International
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015
By UFCW Canada, Paul Meinema, National President

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: National/International
UFCW Canada
By UFCW Canada

 

UFCW Local 324
1st Place: Writing: Best Analysis: State/Local
Just Below the Radar
By Todd Conger

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photo Essay or Gallery: State/Local
Protesters shut down Paramount El Super
By Todd Conger and Mercedes Clarke

2nd Place: Political Action/Organizing Campaign: Best Persuasive Message: State/Local
Vote Yes for the Union campaign
By Todd Conger

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Audio/Podcast/Radio Broadcast: State/Local
12 Days of Union Christmas
By Todd Conger

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Educational and Training Video: State/Local
Make Our Voices Heard
By Todd Conger

Honorable Mention: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: State/Local
Scholarship recipients
By Mercedes Clarke

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: State/Local
Shame on El Super
By Todd Conger

 

UFCW Local 400
2nd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Organizing: State/Local
Bestway Victory
By Mark P. Federici

2nd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Collective Bargaining: State/Local
Kroger Members Ratify Contract
By Mark P. Federici

Honorable Mention: Visual Communications: Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: State/Local
UFCW Local 400 website
By Mark P. Federici

 

UFCW Local 8 – Golden State
2nd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 30,001+
Winter 2014/2015-Spring 2015
By Jaques Loveall

 

UFCW Local 99
1st Place: Writing: Best Labor History: State/Local
Advocate, activist, icon – Cesar Chavez led the struggle for agricultural workers
By Jim McLaughlin

3rd Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 10,001- 30,000
Spring-Summer 2015
By Jim McLaughlin

 

UFT (AFT Local 2)
1st Place: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Newspapers: State/Local
Bracing for Friedrichs

By Ernst Raymond and Miguel Romero

1st Place: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 30,001+
New York Teacher
By Joe LoVerde

2nd Place: Writing: Best Feature Story: State/Local
Families find a haven on the Lower East Side
By Linda Ocasio

2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Informational Graphic: State/Local
The power of time
By Miguel Romero

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: State/Local
#AllKidsNeed campaign
By Trisha Arnold

3rd Place: Visual Communications: Best Cartoon: State/Local
Quid pro Cuomo
By Gregory Nemec

3rd Place: Writing: Best Electronic Content: State/Local
Weekly Update for UFT Chapter Leaders
By Bernadette Weeks

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best Use of Social Media: Local
UFT Facebook page
By Deidre McFadyen and Rachel Nobel

 

United Mine Workers of America
1st: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Organizing: National/International
Booking a Reservation: UMWA expands membership on Navajo Nation
By David Kameras

3rd: Writing: Best Feature Story: National/International
Deja Vu All Over Again: UMWA fights impact of multiple bankruptcies
By Tim Baker

3rd: Writing: Best Analysis: National/International
The State of the Coal Industry: Lost jobs may not come back
By Tim Baker

3rd: Electronic Media: Best Longform Video: National/International
United Mine Workers of America: 125 Years of Struggle and Glory
By Emily Harris

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Labor History: National/International
United Mine Workers of America: 125 Years of Struggle and Glory
By Emily Harris

Honorable Mention: Writing: Best Profile: National/International
Unity in the West: Public workers on and near the Navajo Nation
By Emily Harris

 

University of Minnesota Labor Education Service
1st Place:  Electronic Media: Best Issues/Advocacy Video: State/Local
Safe Jobs Now! – Series about Assaults on Hospital Workers
Camera/Editing: Randy Croce

1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Video: State/Local
Minneapolis Day of Action, November 2015
Editor: Howard Kling; Camera: Randy Croce, Howard Kling, John See

1st Place: General Excellence: Website: State/Local
Workday Minnesota
Editor, Barb Kucera

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Longform Video: State/Local
Building an Airport Workers Movement
Camera and editing: Randy Croce and Howard Kling

2nd Place: Electronic Media: Best Promotional Video: State/Local
Construct Tomorrow
Editor: Howard Kling; Camera: Randy Croce, Howard Kling, John See

3rd Place: Electronic Media: Best News Video: State/Local
Super America Not Super for Workers
Editor: Randy Croce; Camera: Randy Croce & Howard Kling

 

United University Professions (UUP)
2nd Place: Visual Communications: Best Photograph: State/Local
March/April 2015 Voice cover photo
By Darryl McGrath, Photographer

2nd Place: Writing: Saul Miller Awards: Political Action: State/Local
SUNY’s Technology Sector Colleges deserve respect
By Darryl McGrath

3rd Place: Multimedia Award: Best Multimedia Campaign
WRONG (a.k.a “Dream”)
By Mike Lisi

Honorable Mention: Electronic Media: Best News Video: State/Local
Friedrichs: A threat to America’s union workers
By Mike Lisi

Honorable Mention: Visual Communications: Best Illustration: State/Local
Proud to be UUP
By Karen Mattison

Honorable Mention: General Excellence: Print Publication: Local/Regional: 30,001+
The Voice
By Mike Lisi, Editor

Honorable Mention: Visual Communications: Best Front Page/Cover: Magazines: State/Local
The Voice
By Karen Mattison

 

Workers Independent News (WIN)
1st Place: Electronic Media: Best Audio/Podcast/Radio Broadcast: State/Local
Workers Independent News
By Doug Cunningham

3rd Place: General Excellence: Electronic Publication: State/Local
WIN Daily News Blast
By Kirk Cychosz

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2014 ILCA Labor Media Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our winners!

The following winners represent some of the best and most inspired work in labor communications and are to be congratulated in promoting the highest standards of labor journalism. The awards were presented at a special Awards Luncheon on December 12 at the AFL-CIO headquarters, in Washington, D.C. You can view photos from the Awards Luncheon here.

Steinbock Award
The highest single award for journalistic excellence

IBEW 1245
Brother’s Keeper
by Eric Wolfe

AFGE
1st Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Government Standard”
2nd Place: Long Audio Programs, “Shutdown devastating for workers, AFGE president says – October 4, 2013”

AFM Local 47
1st Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “LA Phil Goes to Europe / Musicians Rally for Immigration Reform Now!”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award – Organizing, “Musicians Rock Marvel in Cleveland”
3rd Place: Saul Miller Award – Organizing, “Marvel: Bring the Music HOME!”

AFM Local 802
2nd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, ALLEGRO magazine

AFSCME Council 28/WFSE
1st Place: Broadcast or Cable TV Programs, Our View, February 2014
1st Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “A Year of Bargaining: Evergreen team chronicles contract fight at critical stage”
2nd Place: Broadcast or Cable TV Programs, Our View, August 2013
3rd Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, “Council 28 Action Agenda”
3rd Place: Best News, “Supreme Court asked to overturn ‘raw deals’ on pensions”

AFSCME District Council 37
1st Place: Best Cartoon, “Communities and DC 37 mobilize to stop library sell-offs”
1st Place: Best Series, “NYCHA series”
2nd Place: Best Photo Essay or Gallery, “Goldwater Hospital closing after generations of care”
3rd Place: Best Design Newspapers and Newsletters, “50th anniversary of the March on Washington”

AFSCME Local 1549
2nd Place: Audio Spots, “An Understaffed 911 Is A Real Emergency”

AFSCME Local 3930
3rd Place: Internet Award / Best Content, “UDW website”

AFSMCE Council 5
1st Place: Best Photograph, “Historic Victory”
1st Place: Best Feature Story, “Fixing it Themselves”
2nd Place: Best Labor History Story, “Equal Pay — for Real”
2nd Place: Saul Miller Award – Organizing, “Respect: Edina nursing home workers join AFSCME to have a bigger say in the care they provide”

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
1st Place: General Excellence – Newspapers and Newsletters, “The Roar from 44 (Delta LEC #044), 1,000 to 10,000″
2nd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, Air Line Pilot Magazine, December 2013 Issue
2nd Place: General Excellence – Magazines, Air Line Pilot Magazine
2nd Place: General Excellence – Newspapers and Newsletters, The New York Minute (ALPA Delta LEC #66), 1,001 to 10,000
2nd Place: Best Informational Graphic, “ALPA-PAC Faces Stiff Industry Competition”
2nd Place: Best Labor History Story, “Remembering the Pilots of the Great Silver Fleet”
2nd place: Best Series, “ALPA Represents”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Newspapers and Newsletters, “The Delta Widget (ALPA Delta MEC), 10,000 to 30,000”
3rd Place: Best Analysis, “The Landing – Political Twitterverse”

Amalgamated Transit Union
1st Place: Best Design Internet, “ATU International Website”
1st Place: Best Cartoon, “Struggle Against Austerity – In Transit Jan/Feb 2013”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “What Works – ATU Members Shaking Things Up All Over U.S. and Canada – In Transit May/June 2013”
2nd Place: Best Design Magazines, “Struggle Against Austerity – In Transit Jan/Feb 2013”
2nd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Atlanta Transit Bill Harkens Back to the Days of Jim Crow”
3rd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Struggle Against Austerity – In Transit Jan/Feb 2013”

Building Bridges
1st Place: Long Audio Programs, “Building Bridges: Across the March of Time 1963 to 2013, for Jobs & Justice-Marching on Washington”
2nd Place: Long Audio Programs, “Building Bridges Radio: Protesting Wal-Mart’s Brave New World of Business”

California School Employees Association
1st Place: Best Feature Story, “The Greening of California Public Schools”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “Newslink”
2nd Place: Best Illustration, “The Greening of California Public Schools”
3rd Place: Best Design Nonperiodical Publications, “Lead, Inspire, Engage: A Planning Calendar”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Focus Magazine
3rd Place: Best Profile, “Payroll Accountant Good With More Than Numbers”
3rd Place: Best Series, “The Affordable Care Act”

COPE 378
1st Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Local Voice
1st Place: Best Use of Social Media, “Communicating our History Through #ThrowbackThursday”
3rd Place: Best Use of Social Media, “Call Centre Action Month”
3rd Place: Best Cartoon, “Death Stars Need Workplace Safety Too”

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training
1st Place: Best Design Print, “CPWR Highlights 2013 – Why We Do This Work”
1st Place: Short Videos (< 5 min), “Lessons to Go Home Safe – Case #2: Look Up and Live”
1st Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, “CPWR Highlights 2013 – Why We Do This Work”

CSEA, Inc.
2nd Place: Best News, “True stories you can’t make up in the real ‘new’ New York”
3rd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Camp Runamuck”
3rd Place: Best Design Internet, “CSEANY.org”
3rd Place: Best Photograph, “Les Dawson”

CWA Local 1180
1st Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Communique – Fall 2013 Cover”

FX Group
1st Place: Best Design, “56th GRAMMY® Awards”
1st Place: General Excellence – Other Labor Organizations, “56th GRAMMY® Awards”
2nd Place: Best Design, “Emmy® Almanac 2014 Edition”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Other Labor Organizations, “Operator 2013”
3rd Place: Best Design, “GRAMMY® Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Other Labor Organizations, “Emmy® Almanac 2014 Edition”

IAMAW
1st Place: Long Promos/Public Relations, “Stronger”
1st Place: General Excellence – Blog, “iMail”
1st Place: Internet Best Content, “IAM Mobile 3.0 App”
1st Place: Best Use of Social Media, “Deep Six U-6”
2nd Place: Electronic Media / Labor History, “STAR OF AMERICA”
2nd Place: Long Promos/Public Relations, “Deep Six U-6”
2nd Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “THE AMERICAN DREAM”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “iMail”

IAMAW District 751
2nd Place: General Excellence – Blog, “Machinists News”

IATSE
1st Place: General Excellence – Magazines, The Official Bulletin

IBEW Local 1245
1st Place: Best Design Newspapers and Newsletters, “Utility Reporter – Publication Design”
1st Place: Best Informational Graphic, “Weingarten Rights”
1st Place: Best Labor History Story, “Brotherhood and Betrayal: The 1913 IBEW Strike at PG&E”
2nd Place: Internet Award / Best Content, “www.ibew1245.com”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Utility Reporter
3rd Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “Fresno Measure G Defeated”

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
1st Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, “LEAP Manual | Legislative Education Action Program Guide”
2nd Place: Best Design Newspapers and Newsletters, “The Boilermaker Reporter, Issue V52N4″
2nd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “The Boilermaker Reporter, Issue V52N4″
2nd Place: General Excellence – Website, “International Brotherhood of Boilermakers”
3rd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “EPA rules will not effectively impact world climate change”

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
1st Place: Best Design Newspapers and Newsletters, The Electrical Worker
1st Place: Education&Training/K-12 Education, “Lobbying 101”
1st Place: Internal or External Organizing, “Organizing Over Long Distances”
1st Place: Short Videos (< 5 min), “Solar Power: Made in the USA”
1st Place: Spots/Short Video Promos (<60 secs), “IBEW – It’s about growing a community”
1st Place: Best Analysis, “Exposing the Underground Economy Labor, Lawmakers Take on Payroll Fraud”
1st Place: Best Editorial or Column, “From the Officers: Stand with Low-Wage Workers”
1st Place: Best Labor History Story, “Centenary of the IBEW’s Reid-Murphy Split”
1st Place: Best News, “Sequester Shutters Space Fence, Mothballs Nuclear Submarine”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Organizing, “Union-Busting ‘Onslaught’ Snares Organizing Campaign”
2nd Place: Education&Training/K-12 Education, “Manufacturing Code of Excellence”
2nd Place: Best Analysis, “CONSTRUCTION COMEBACK?Tentative Recovery Driving”
2nd Place: Best Feature Story, “‘The Perfect Storm?’ Skilled Worker Shortage Looms for Construction Branch”
2nd Place: Best Profile, “Who We Are: Georgia Foreman Doubles as Wildlife Adventurer”
2nd Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “Nebraska Local Helps Defeat Water Plant Privatization”
3rd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “The Electrical Worker”
3rd Place: Internal or External Organizing, “Winning Organizing Battles Through Creativity”
3rd Place: Short Videos (< 5 min), “IBEW, Manufacturer Partnership Brings Jobs Back from China”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “IBEW Media Wire”
3rd Place: Internet Best Content, “IBEW Facebook”
3rd Place: Best News, “IBEW Members Build the World’s Largest Light Sculpture in San Francisco”
3rd Place: Best Profile, “‘It Was Literally A Sweatshop’ Okla. Organizers Go to Bat for Fired Tech Employees”

LIUNA
1st Place: General Excellence – Website, “LIUNA Website”

Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
1st Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “All-Union BNSF Rail Yard Wins at City (May Issue)”
1st Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Repeal the Two-Thirds Requirement”
1st Place: Best News, “Labor Rallies to Protest Non-Union Contractor”
1st Place: Best Profile, “Man of Steel”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Organizing, “Labor Rallies to Protest Non-Union Contractor”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “Building Trades Protect CEQA and Wages at Capitol”
2nd Place: Best Photograph, “Student Linda Ramos Considers Iron Work”
2nd Place: Best News, “$7 Billion More for Work at LA Schools”
2nd Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “Building Trades Triumph for Workers”
3rd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “$7 Billion More for Work at LA Schools”
3rd Place: General Excellence – State & Central Body Publications, “Building Trades News – April and May Issues”
3rd Place: Best Photograph, “The Vote at City Hall Will Create Building Trades Jobs”
3rd Place: Best News, “All-Union Rail Yard Wins at City”

Metro Washington Labor Council/AFL-CIO
1st Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “Union City”

Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
1st Place: Best Photo Essay or Gallery, “March for Dignity and Justice, 10/5/13”
1st Place: Best Photograph, “SEIU janitors, security officers authorize strike”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Collective Bargaining, “SEIU Local 26 janitors, security officers vote to authorize strike”
2nd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Minneapolis Labor Review, February 22, 2013 front page”
2nd Place: General Excellence – State & Central Body Publications, “Minneapolis Labor Review, January 25, 2013 and February 22, 2013 issues”
2nd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Overdue raise in state’s minimum wage would benefit all workers”

John Moyle
1st Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Oh Snap!”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Blog, “IBEW Local One Volunteers with Rebuilding Together”
2nd Place: Best Profile, “Labor Rising offers new methods for cutting-edge organizing”
3rd Place: Best Profile, “IBEW Local 1 electrician ensures heroes get proper welcomes; Union recognizes his efforts”

National Conference of Firemen and Oilers/ District Local 32BJ SEIU
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “Purple Wave Helps Obama Carry Ohio”
2nd Place: Best Profile, “Is the North Pole in North Platte?”

NYSUT
1st Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Poverty ”
1st Place: General Excellence – Blog, “Goodman Mountain: A hometown passage to vivid air and civil rights”
1st Place: General Excellence – Website, “NYSUT”
2nd Place: Best Design Nonperiodical Publications, “Back to School ”
3rd Place: Best Illustration, “Black History Month poster”
3rd Place: Best Informational Graphic, “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage “

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
2nd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Public Employee Quarterly – Winter and Spring 2013
2nd Place: Best Series, “Life disrupted”

Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA Local 39521
1st Place: Best Photo Essay or Gallery, “Hundreds gather at City Hall to hear Supreme Court decision on gay marriage”

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
1st Place: Best Analysis, “Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Analysis: Over 35,000 Voters Were Disenfranchised In 2012 General Election As A Result Of Voter ID”
2nd Place: Best Design Print, “PA AFL-CIO 2013-2014 Legislative Directory”

Peoples World
1st Place: Best News, “Unity was their cry – fast food workers go global”
2nd Place: Best Analysis, “2013 – Year of the bold new labor movement”
3rd Place: Best Analysis, “Documents expose new ALEC scheme to kill clean energy”

Professional Employees Association
1st Place: Electronic Media / Labor History, “The Professional Employees Association: Serving Professionals for 40 Years”
1st Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, The Professional
1st Place: Best Design Internet, “Endangered Experts”

Professional Staff Congress (PSC)/ CUNY, AFT Local 2334
1st Place: Best Illustration, “The Militarization of CUNY?”
2nd Place: Best Design Newspapers and Newsletters, “The national Pathways petition”
2nd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Against Austerity”
2nd Place: Best Analysis, “SUNY Buffalo shutters Shale Institute”
3rd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “CUNY first, users last”

PTE 17
2nd Place: Best Design Magazines, Insight Magazine
3rd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Insight Magazine

Public: Employees Federation (PEF) Council 234/SEIU
1st Place: Electronic Media / Education&Training/K-12 Education, “The Many Roles of a Steward”
2nd Place: Electronic Media / Education&Training/K-12 Education, “Workers’ Compensation Training Video”

SAG-AFTRA
1st Place: Best Design Magazines, SAG-AFTRA Magazine, Fall 2013
1st Place: Best Illustration, “Plunge into the Commercials Deal”
1st Place: Best Profile, “Rita Moreno: 50th Life Achievement Honoree”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, “SAG-AFTRA National Convention Journal”
3rd Place: Education&Training/K-12 Education, “Living Commercials Contract”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Magazines, SAG-AFTRA Magazine
3rd Place: Best Feature Story, “Voiceover Performers: More Than Just Talking for a Living”

Sheet Metal Workers International Association
1st Place: Best Series, “A History of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers”
3rd Place: Best Design Internet, “SMART-Union.org website”

Southern Oregon Area Local/APWU #342
1st Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Southern Oregon Area Review

St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune
1st Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “SOLIDARITY!”
1st Place: Best Cartoon, “The Santa-Union charity work brings Christmas to our communities all year round”
1st Place: Best Photograph, “Remembering The Fallen”
1st Place: Best Labor History Story, “Fund drive could bring repairs, renovations to Mother Jones Monument”
1st Place: Best Profile, “Sherwood Kerker, crusading editor for working familes, dies at 82”
1st Place: Best Series, “Lead Poisoning”
2nd Place: Best Design Internet, “Labor Tribune Website”
2nd Place: Best Photograph, “Summertime Blues”
2nd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Right-to-work (for less) does nothing for workers”
2nd Place: Best News, “Belleville Labor & Industry Museum tells the story of Americans at work”
2nd Place: Best Series, “Faith/Labor Alliance”
3rd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Building Trades cite accomplishments in growing local, state economy as example of how cooperation can work for everyone, everywhere”
3rd Place: Best News, “How a retired Peabody miner found himself at the mercy of Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy plan”

St. Paul Regional Labor Federation
1st Place: General Excellence – Blog, “The Saint Paul Union Advocate”
1st Place: General Excellence – State & Central Body Publications, “The Saint Paul Union Advocate”
2nd Place: Best Analysis, “Shutdown left federal workers caught in political crossfire”

TWU
1st Place: Documentary/Social Issues, “TWU 24th Constitutional Convention: Frontlines of Hurricane Sandy”
1st Place: Electronic Media / Labor History, “TWU 24th Constitutional Convention: Labor Protests & Uprising”
2nd Place: Internal or External Organizing, “Citrus Drivers Organize”
2nd Place: Short Videos (< 5 min), “TWU Young Workers”

TWU Local 100
1st Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, Transport Workers Bulletin
2nd Place: Multimedia Campaign, “Stand Back New York!”
3rd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Out With the New, In With the Old”

UFCW Canada
1st Place: Long Audio Programs, “100 Years of Solidarity”
1st Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “DIRECTIONS Newsletter”
1st Place: Best Informational Graphic, “Harper’s growing scandal”
2nd Place: Internet Best Content, “www.ufcw.ca”
2nd Place: Best Design Internet, “www.ufcw.ca”
2nd Place: Best Use of Social Media, “S.A.M.E. – Students Against Migrant Exploitation”
2nd Place: Best Illustration, “World Mental Health Day”
3rd Place: Electronic Media / Labor History, “100 Years of Solidarity”
3rd Place: Best Illustration, “Human Rights Day, December 10”

UFCW Local 1167
2nd Place: Best Photograph, “Fall 2013 Desert Edge”

UFCW Local 175 & 633 CANADA
3rd Place: Best Design Magazines, “Checkout September 2013″
3rd Place: General Excellence – Website, “UFCW Locals 175 & 633 Website”

UFCW Local 21
1st Place: Best Design Nonperiodical Publications, Stand Together – 2013 Contract Negotiations
3rd Place: Multimedia Campaign, “Stand Together — 2013 Grocery Store Workers Contract Negotiations Campaign”

UFCW Local 324
3rd Place: Best Photo Essay or Gallery, “Dozens arrested as Walmart workers….”
3rd Place: Best Analysis, “Local’s legal strategy could soon earn place in history”
3rd Place: Best Labor History Story, “Stop the Presses! LA Times Bombing”

UFCW Local 400
1st Place: Best Design Magazines, “Local 400 Union Leader — Summer 2013 issue”
1st Place: Best Analysis, “Virginia Enacts Laws To Suppress Minority Vote”
1st Place: Best Editorial or Column, “Sec.-Treas. Update — Voting Rights Under Attack”
1st Place: Best Profile, “Local 400 ACTS!”
1st Place: Saul Miller Award / Collective Bargaining, “Members Mobilize for Tough Giant-Safeway Contract Fight”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, UFCW Local 400 Union Leader
2nd Place: Best Design Internet, “UFCW Local 400 website”

UFCW Local 8 – Golden State
2nd Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “Voice of Action Summer 2013″
2nd Place: Best Editorial or Column, “People Before Profits”

UFCW Local 99
2nd Place: Best Feature Story, “Doing the Right Thing”

Union Privilege
1st Place: General Excellence – Blog, “Union Plus Blog Posts”
1st Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “Union Plus E-news”
1st Place: General Excellence – Website, “Union Privilege website”
3rd Place: Best Design Internet, “Union Privilege website”

United Federation of Teachers (UFT), AFT Local 2
1st Place: Spots/Short Video Promos (<60 secs), “Mobilizing for the June 12 MLC rally”
1st Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, New York Teacher
2nd Place: General Excellence – Website, “uft.org”
2nd Place: Best Cartoon, “Care to repeat that under oath?”
2nd Place: Best Informational Graphic, “Recovery of the Few: A Tale of Two Cities”
3rd Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “Kids helping kids”
3rd Place: Best Feature Story, “Self-expression takes shape”

United Mine Workers of America
1st Place: Best Front Page/Cover, “The Fight Is On”
1st Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “UMWA Wives”
1st Place: Multimedia Campaign, “Fairness At Patriot”
2nd Place: Spots/Short Video Promos (<60 secs), “Fairness at Patriot TV spot”
2nd Place: Best News, “Settlement Reached with Peabody, Patriot”

United University Professions (UUP)
1st Place: Internet Award / Best Content, “UUP Website”
1st Place: Best News, “Taking a Stand for Downstate”
2nd Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “May 9 Events to Save SUNY Downstate Medical Center”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, “UUP 40th Anniversary Booklet”
2nd Place: Best Use of Social Media, “SUNY Downstate Medical Center Text messaging campaign”
2nd Place: Saul Miller Award / Political Action, “Open SUNY threatens quality, may limit access”
3rd Place: General Excellence – Electronic Newsletter, “The Connection – Nov. 18, 2013; Dec. 16, 2013”

University of Minnesota Labor Education Service
1st Place: Documentary/Social Issues, “Who Built Our Capitol?”
1st Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “Twin Cities Black Friday – End Poverty Wages”
1st Place: Short Videos (< 5 min), “Retail Cleaner’s Strike, Minneapolis, June 2013”
1st Place: Internet Awards / Best Content, “Workday Minnesota”
1st Place: Best Design Internet, “Workday Minnesota”
1st Place: Best Analysis, “Can union co-ops save democracy?”
2nd Place: Short Videos (< 5 min), “Carwash Workers’ Labor/Community Partnership”
2nd Place: General Excellence – Website, “Workday Minnesota”

Washington State Labor Council
1st Place: Education &Training/K-12 Education, “Weingarten Rights: Training for Shop Stewards”
1st Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “The Underground Economy and Wage Theft”
1st Place: General Excellence – Website, “The Stand”
1st Place: Internet Awards / Best Content, “The Stand”
1st Place: Best Design Internet, “The Stand”
1st Place: Best Informational Graphic, “Let’s lose THEIR baggage”

Tips for Newspaper Interviews

Set Clear Goals for Yourself

You should never agree to an interview unless you are sure of what you want to convey. Not all press is good press. If you sound like you are uninformed of your message shifts erratically in the interview, you will not help your cause. Before you begin, consider how this article could be helpful to your organization and its ultimate goal. Then, think about whom you want to sway and what language or arguments would best accomplish that.

Use your goals to determine your “message.” Throughout the interview, you want a clear theme to develop. That’s your “message.”

Be Prepared

Before the interview, you should prepare possible questions you expect the interviewer to ask and come up with answers to those questions. Then make an effort to sit down, preferably with someone else to help you, and practice your responses. Try to be clear, concise, and interesting. You don’t want to drone on long after the reporter has stopped taking notes. Remember, you should have a clear message you reiterate when appropriate. For example, in preparing for your interview you and another organizer have come up with some possible questions the reporter might ask.

When brainstorming your responses, try to find ways to insert your message. You don’t need to use your catchphrase in every response, but the general message should be conveyed as often as possible. When practicing, try to anticipate difficult questions the reporter might ask you. Find different ways of answering the question and consider possible follow-up questions. When brainstorming responses to tricky questions, think two or three questions ahead to see where the reporter might try to lead you. It sounds like a lot of speculation, but it’s worth it when a little forethought can help you avoid a sticky situation.

In the interview, you want to respond to the reporter, not just answer her questions. That means you want to tailor your remarks in such a way as to lead the reporter back to your key point, your “message.” If you feel that the interviewer’s questions are straying away from the real issue, steer the dialogue back to the topic by saying something like, “That’s an interesting question, but I think the real issue is . . .” or “While that may be one aspect of the problem, the greater issue is . . . .” You don’t want to antagonize or appear to belittle the reporter, but you also don’t want to jeopardize the value of the interview.

The reporter has been trained to think of the interview and the story as theirs. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect her to docilely follow what you think the agenda for the interview should be. There’s a certain tension between any good reporter and her savvy interviewee. It’s your job to get your points across as effectively as possible and still maintain a mutually beneficial relationship. It’s in her interests to fold your perspective of the issue into the story they envision.

You should realize that most interviews will take place without a lot of preparation time for you. You shouldn’t expect to have much advance notice. Therefore, by the time you present yourself as a resource for journalists, you should have already practiced and given considerable thought to your interview techniques. You don’t want to be caught off-guard.

Understand the Reporter’s Needs

Some reporters at a newspaper have a specific beat, or topic area, that they are expected to cover and on which they can be very knowledgeable; others are general assignment reporters, or reporters who are expected to write on a variety of issues that may constantly change. When a reporter first approaches you for an interview, you should determine how much they already knows about the subject. Oftentimes, reporters new to the topic will inform you that they will need more than the usual amount of background information. This presents you with an excellent opportunity to educate them and strengthen your professional relationship. Good information from you now will make it more likely the reporter will rely on you in the future.

If you are working with a reporter new to your issue or organization, it’s a good idea to give them as much comprehensible background information as you think necessary to understand the issue. This doesn’t mean that you should fax them a hundred-page treatise. What you should do is give them one to two pages of background information and let them know about any informative and easy to use websites that are available. A bulleted fact there would be easy to read and quickly convey the key points. Remember that reporters need to prepare for interviews almost as much as you do. They’ll appreciate the extra information and the opportunity to prepare their questions in advance of the interview.

If the reporter is an old hand on the subject, you don’t need to steer them toward any information unless you think they is unaware of something new that is integral to the topic. In this case, you might want to mention the new piece of information and let them know where they can find it. If the reporter asks you about any new information, you should feel free to let her know about the latest data available, for example.

The Format

Most interviews take place over the telephone. The reporter may call you a few hours before her article is due and ask to interview you on the subject. They’ll ask you to spell your name slowly and to give them your exact title and the name of your organization. They may also ask you to succinctly describe your organization. You should have a standard description of your organization developed before your first interview.

During the interview, if you falter and inadvertently give incorrect information, make sure to correct yourself as soon as possible. Be as accurate, succinct, and clear as possible, even as you put forward your message. With practice, this will become second nature.

On the Record vs. Off the Record

Anyone who’s ever seen “All the President’s Men” has heard about on the record and off the record. On the record means that your words can be used in a story and attributed to you. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, this is how you should be speaking to reporters. It’s rare that you would need to go off the record for any reason. Off the record is a gray area that is often dependent on different reporters. Before you enter this murky area, make sure that you and the reporter understand each other about how the information will be used. For the most part, off the record means that your information cannot be used in the article and the reporter cannot repeat it to anyone using you as the source. What the reporter can do is to ask other people to confirm what they have learned from you, on the record.

For an advocate, you should almost always restrict yourself to things that can be used on the record and attributed to you. If you’re giving reporters information that you don’t want to be linked to, you should realize that this situation could easily backfire on you. If you really feel that you must give this information, make sure to let the reporter know that this information is off the record BEFORE you say a word.

There are other categories for sharing information with reporters. One is called background. Saying something on background means that you don’t necessarily want the information to appear in the story, although it can, depending upon your agreement with the reporter. It cannot, however, be attributed to you. Background information is used to help a reporter frame a story or more accurately understand the context of the issue. The reporter might attribute it to “a source in the activist community” but that should not jeopardize your anonymity. While this information can be useful to the reporter, they will probably still try to have someone confirm the information on the record.

Not for attribution is another method of dispensing information. It can be used in the story, but it should be attributed to a “source.”

If a reporter uses a tape recorder to record the interview, it should be turned off before you provide any information that is anything but off the record. No matter your relationship with the reporter, mistakes can be made.

Remember, reporters aren’t there to protect you from yourself. If you volunteer too much information; forget to say that something is off the record before you say it; misunderstand what the reporter means when they says off the record, on background, or not for attribution, you’re going to be the one who’s hurt. The clearer you are in the beginning, the less damage control you’ll have to do later.

Ending the Interview

Once the interview has come to an end, make sure the reporter has your phone number (if they did not call you first) or other contact information such as e-mail to insure that they can get in touch with you if they has any follow-up questions as they is writing her story. Get their phone number as well, in case you have anything really important to add. If possible, find out when they expects the story to run. Sometimes, even when a reporter has written a story, it does not run due to the newspaper’s space constraints. You never know when a water main might break and drive you from relevance. In closing the interview, make sure to thank them for their time.

Collecting Clips

If this is the first time you have ever seen your name in print, you probably won’t need to hear this advice; however, it’s important to collect and file your clips. These clips can be used in soliciting other articles on your issues, can be included in press kits, used in testimony, brought to editorial board meetings, sent to funders, and analyzed for future interviews. And besides, they may come in handy for your organization’s 25th (or 50th) anniversary celebration!

Corrections

Hopefully, this won’t ever be an issue, but everyone is capable of making a mistake or misunderstanding something you might have said. If it’s a really grave error, call the reporter and let them know of the mistake, in a professional, non-confrontational way. If you come on strong, yelling and threatening to get her fired, you can pretty much say goodbye to any good relationship you might have had with them and, perhaps, other members of the press. Reporters are like the rest of us, they like to talk, and reporters have friends and colleagues who are also reporters. Always remember to be calm and polite in pointing out inaccuracies.

If the reporter is unresponsive to your request for correction and the mistake is something huge you have to set the record straight. Talk to the reporter’s editor at the newspaper and let him know calmly, professionally- that this information is inaccurate and damaging. If this article is one of a series that seems to show a bias against your organization by this reporter, you can ask to have another reporter cover your stories in the future. However, this should very rarely occur and you should be aware that it could diminish your coverage. If you are seen as troublesome, you could be bypassed by the media.

Conclusion

It’s important for you to remain self-assured no matter how nervous you may be feeling. The reporter has come to you as an authority. Be confident in your mastery of the material. With the proper preparation, there’s no reason to worry. The more interviews you do, the more comfortable you will be.

2014 Max Steinbock Award Winner

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The Max Steinbock Award is given in recognition of an outstanding journalistic writing effort that explores an issue of concern for working families, with particular sensitivity and insight into the human spirit.

The award is named for a much-respected past ILCA president. Topics can range from human rights issues to individuals’ acts of courage or conscience, economic justice initiatives to community service activities or commentary about the American labor
movement.

The 2014 Max Steinbock Award Winner is Eric Wolfe, IBEW Local 1245 for “Brother’s Keeper.”

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In his story “Brother’s Keeper,” Eric Wolfe takes on one of the most important subjects labor journalists must face—safety on the job.

In this instance Wolfe drills down to a particular instance of the topic—how do workers help their co-workers maintain safety standards as brother and sister unionists without the threat, authority or intent to enforce code violations with penalties.

Wolfe does this by taking his members inside a union-sponsored training for “safety stewards,” a progressive experiment going on in his local, IBEW 1245, the employees of one of the country’s most documented violators of safety, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). IBEW 1245 has set up an informal network and program where members, not as representatives of the union or the company, take on the task of finding “brotherly” ways of making collective safety the norm on the streets. As he says in the story, the goal is “to remind people that we all want to get home alive each day.”

Through the words of members training to become safety stewards, Wolfe has them explain how they try to do this, and how they feel about it as workers who have been injured on the job or have some co-workers hurt and killed. Their perceptions are touching and compelling, and Wolfe gets them across without preaching.

You can read Eric Wolfe’s award-winning piece here: IBEW1245_Feature_Brother_Keeper

Social Media Image Sizes

Twitter

Profile Photo – 400 x 400 (Displays 200 x 200)
TwitterProfile

Your Twitter profile photo is the main image that represents you or your brand across the network. It’s going to be seen across the site in a number of places by a number of people so make sure it’s of the highest quality. Here are the places your profile photo will be visible on the site:

On Your Page
The largest display of your profile picture is on your homepage and can be viewed by your followers as well as individuals who stumble upon your page.

In-Stream
A smaller version of your profile picture appears in a follower’s Twitter stream every time you send out a tweet. It’s also going to appear in the stream of your followers’ followers every time that they retweet you.

Who to Follow
Your profile picture is also going to appear next to a link to your page in the “Who to follow” box. This is located directly to the right of your Twitter stream.

Image Guidelines
Square Image – recommended 400 x 400 pixels.
Maximum file size 100 KB.
JPG, GIF, or PNG.

Header Photo – 1,500 x 500
TwitterHeader

Your header photo is the image that spans the top of your Twitter profile page. It’s quite a bit larger than your profile photo so make sure to save it at the highest resolution possible.

Image Guidelines
Recommended 1,500 x 500 pixels.
Maximum file size of 10 MB.
JPG, GIF, or PNG.

In-Stream Photo – Minimum 440 x 220
TwitterInStream

Twitter gives users the ability to attach photos to any of their tweets. However, when you attach a photo to a tweet, Twitter needs to create a separate link for that photo, so ultimately you have fewer characters to work with. The photos that you upload are going to appear in the streams of your followers and the streams of their followers should your photo get retweeted. Photos that are included in public tweets may also appear in certain Twitter search results.

It’s also important to note that Twitter may collapse your photo into a smaller version to fit seamlessly into a user’s stream. In order to make sure that Twitter is displaying the portion of the photo you want followers to see, make sure the width of your image fits the minimum requirements and that your content is horizontally centered.

Image Guidelines
Minimum to appear expanded 440 x 220 pixels.
Maximum to appear expanded 1024 x 512 pixels.
Appears in stream collapsed at 506 x 253 pixels.
Maximum file size of 5 MB for photos and 3 MB for animated GIFs.

Facebook

There is a difference between how things will display on your personal timeline and how things will display in a user’s newsfeed. Make sure that you are choosing dimensions based on where you want the majority of viewers to see your image.

Profile Picture – 180 x 180 (Displays 160 x 160)
FacebookProfile

This is the square photo that appears on your timeline layered over your cover photo. Your profile picture will also appear when you post to other walls or comment on posts.

Image Guidelines
Must be at least 180 x 180 pixels.
Photo will appear on the page as 160 x 160 pixels.
Photo thumbnail will appear throughout Facebook at 32 x 32 pixels.

Cover Photo – 851 x 315
FacebookCover

Your cover photo will only appear in your Facebook timeline, but it is a lot bigger than the profile picture, which gives you more freedom to choose something creative. Where your profile picture might be a good choice for your logo, use this space to post something that highlights your organization or members.

Image Guidelines
Appear on page at 851 x 315 pixels. Anything less will be stretched.
Minimum size of 399 x 150 pixels.
For best results, upload an RGB JPG file less than 100 KB.
Images with a logo or text may be best as a PNG file.

Shared Image – 1,200 x 900
FacebookSharedImage

A shared image is one of the most common forms of sharing on Facebook. These images will always appear on your timeline, and ideally they will show up in most of your followers’ News Feeds — though with the decrease in organic reach, it’s unlikely that everyone will see your post. The more people engage with your post, the more likely it is that the rest of your followers and their followers will see that activity.

Image Guidelines
Recommended upload size of 1,200 x 900 pixels.
Will appear in the feed at a max width of 470 pixels (will scale to a max of 1:1).
Will appear on the page at a max width of 504 pixels (will scale to a max of 1:1).

Shared Link – 1,200 x 627 (Recommended)
FacebookSharedLink

Another great tool in your Facebook belt is the ability to share a link. It’s very similar to posting a shared image, but it gives you even more fields to work with. You can choose to create a shared link with a small square image to the left and text on the right, or with a larger rectangular image on top with text underneath. Whichever ad you choose will permit you more fields to fill out with helpful information (a link headline, a display link and a description of the link) and the shared link will also click-through to the site of your choosing.

Image Guidelines
Recommended upload size of 1,200 x 627 pixels.
Square Photo: Minimum 154 x 154px in feed.
Square Photo: Minimum 116 x 116 on page.
Rectangular Photo: Minimum 470 x 246 pixels in feed.
Rectangular Photo: Minimum 484 x 252 on page.
Facebook will scale photos under the minimum dimensions. For better results, increase image resolution at the same scale as the minimum size.

Highlighted Image – 1,200 x 717 (Recommended)
FacebookHighlightedImage

A milestone is a great time to create a highlighted image. This image is going to be housed on your personal timeline, but it is going to take up a great deal more space than a shared link or image, so it’s a good place to celebrate the victories that keep you going!

Image Guidelines
Will appear on your page at 843 x 504 pixels.
Choose a higher resolution at that scale for better quality.

Google+

Being directly connected to Google search, Google+ can be a great way to increase your organization’s reach to members.

Profile Picture – 250 x 250 (Recommended)
GoogleProfile

Though you upload your image in a square format it’s going to render on your page as a circle, so be wary you don’t choose a photo that cuts out important details.

Image Guidelines
Minimum 120 x 120 pixels.
Recommended 250 x 250 pixels.
Maximum not listed – I was able to upload a 20 MB photo at 5,200 x 5,300 pixels.
JPG, GIF or PNG.

Cover Image – 1,080 x 608
GoogleCover

The Google+ cover image is the biggest photo on your page. It’s a great opportunity for you to showcase your organization and members.

Image Guidelines
Recommended 1,080 x 608 pixels.
Minimum 480 x 270 pixels.
Maximum 2,120 x 1,192 pixels.

Shared Image – 497 x 373
GoogleShared

Google+ sharing is similar to that of other social networks, with one key difference: circles. With circles you can group people together based off of certain criteria that you deem relevant, and then share different images to different circles based off that demographics’ personality.

Image Guidelines
Appears in home stream and on page at a width of 426 pixels (height is scaled).
Minimum width of 497 pixels (will scale the height for you).
Maximum upload 2,048 x 2,048 pixels.

Shared Link – 150 x 150 (Thumbnail)
GoogleSharedLink

A shared link comes with the same ability to choose which circles you want to share with, but the post itself has different capabilities. You’ll still have the ability to type in whatever description that you’d like, but with a shared link you also have the opportunity to link your post to your site. This is going to pull a photo from your site and add it to the post so that your viewers can click through to your page.

Image Guidelines
Shows in the feed and on page as 150 x 150 pixels (pulls in photo from linked site).

Shared Video – Width of 496 Pixels
Just as with links and images you can pick and choose which circles would be best for each video.

Video Guidelines
Shows in the feed and on page as 497 x 279 pixels.

Pinterest

Pinterest can be an amazing social tool for driving referral traffic to your site. This is mostly due to the fact that 90% of Pinterest pages are external links. So it’s very important for you to make sure you’re optimizing your Pinterest page regularly and using proper image sizes for your boards and pins.

Profile Picture – 165 x 165
PinterestProfile

When setting up your Pinterest account you have the option to do so using Facebook, Twitter or email. If you choose Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest will pull in the profile image that you have set there. If you’re using email, or would prefer to use a different photo, you can do that too: just upload a square photograph (the larger the better) and Pinterest will resize it to fit. Like other social sites your profile picture on Pinterest should be something closely tied to you or your brand.

Image Guidelines
Appears at 165 x 165 pixels on home page.
Appears at 32 x 32 pixels on the rest of Pinterest.
Maximum 10 MB (wouldn’t allow me to upload anything larger).

Pin Sizes
PinterestPin

When adding a pin to your board it’s important to remember that Pinterest puts a limit on the width of the image but not the length. This gives you the opportunity to add a photo that’s square or one that will scale to be even taller. Just remember to make sure you’re creating large images because they add more value, not just because you can.

Image Guidelines
Pins on main page appear as 236 pixels (height is scaled).
Pins on a board appear as 236 pixels (height is scaled).
Expanded pins have a minimum width 600 pixels (height is scaled).

Board Display
PinterestBoardDisplay

Creating boards is one of the most important things that you can do on Pinterest. It’s important to make sure you’re using an image that fits the size criteria perfectly. Not only is it important to choose a photo that is enticing to your audience, it’s important to choose one that’s relevant to that particular board.

Image Guidelines
222 x 150 pixels (large thumbnail)
55 x 55 (smaller thumbnail)

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. Where other social networks may be good drivers of traffic and customers, LinkedIn is a great place for you to connect with other professionals in your area of interest.

Banner Image – 646 x 220 (Minimum)
LinkedInBanner

The banner image is one of the newest and most prominent of the images that you can use on LinkedIn. This image appears when a user visits your homepage. Since this image is located on your homepage it’s likely the visitor is actively searching for your organization, so use this opportunity to reach them.

Image Guidelines
Minimum 646 x 220 pixels.
Maximum 2 MB.
Landscape Layout.
PNG, JPG or GIF.

Standard Logo – 100 x 60
LinkedInLogo

One of the two brand logos that you should be uploading to LinkedIn is the business logo. This is the bigger of the two and is going to show up right next to your brand name on your LinkedIn homepage. This image also appears in the “Companies you may want to follow” section, so the more enticing the photo the more likely the followers!

Image Guidelines
100 x 60 pixels (resized to fit).
Maximum 2 MB.
PNG, JPG or GIF.

Square Logo – 50 x 50
LinkedInSquareLogo

This is the brand image that shows up when your company is searched. Make sure you use something recognizable to your brand to make sure customers know which company they want to click on.

Image Guidelines
50 x 50 pixels (resized to fit).
Maximum 2 MB.
PNG, JPG or GIF.

Career Cover Photo – 974 x 300
LinkedInCareerCoverPhoto

Finding great people to come work for your company is one of the most important aspects of LinkedIn. You can have a separate tab that is solely based on career opportunities at your company. At the top of this page sits a banner that is bigger than any of the other images on LinkedIn. You can use this space to choose a picture that speaks to your company in order to attract some great potential employees.

Image Guidelines
Minimum 974 x 300 pixels.
Maximum 2 MB.
Landscape Layout.
PNG, JPG or GIF.

Profile Picture – 500 x 500
This is the image for individual LinkedIn pages.

Image Guidelines
500 x 500 pixels (resized to fit).
Maximum 4 MB.
PNG, JPG or GIF.

YouTube

YouTube has more than 1 billion unique users every month and is available on hundreds of millions of devices. More than 1 million brands have already realized that YouTube is a great opportunity to reach their fan-base.

Channel Cover Photo – 2,560 x 1,440
YouTubeChannelCover

Spice up your YouTube channel with some “channel art.” When users click through your YouTube videos to your channel, some appealing images could entice them to stay on your page longer and watch more of your videos.

Across Different Devices
There are a lot of different platforms and devices that users can stream YouTube on so it’s important that your brand has a photo optimized for each one.

Display Sizes
Tablet display: 1,855 x 423
Mobile display: 1,546 x 423
TV display: 2,560 x 1,440
Desktop: 2,560 x 423 (1,546 x 423 pixels are always visible)

Video Uploads
YouTubeVideoUploads

Uploading your content to YouTube is the one of the most important parts of establishing your presence on the site. Videos can tell viewers something about you as a person, or it could show off something that your business might offer.

Video Guidelines
Videos must maintain a 16:9 aspect ratio.
In order to qualify as full HD, your dimensions must be at least 1,280 x 720 pixels.

Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing social networks with a user base of over 100 million people. It’s a great place for you to take and share fun or creative photos that show what you or you’re all about.

Profile Picture – 110 x 110
InstagramProfile

Instagram is based on photographs, which should be an indication of how important it is to pick a great one for your page. Instagram will automatically create a header that cycles through some of the photos that you post to the page, so it may be best to use your profile picture to create a static image of you or your brand.

Image Guidelines
Appear on your home page at 110 x 110 pixels.Square photo – make sure to maintain an aspect ratio of 1:1.

Photo Thumbnails – 161 x 161
InstagramThumbnails

When someone goes to your page they’ll be presented with all of your photos arranged in rows of thumbnails. These smaller renditions of your photos will expand when clicked, and will include a place for people to comment.

Image Guidelines
The thumbnails will appear on the page at 161 x 161 pixels.
Square photo – Make sure to maintain an aspect ratio of 1:1 ratio.

Photo Size – 640 x 640
InstagramPhotoSize

Instagram is all about the photos. These pictures are going to appear in the feed of all of your followers. Instagram allows photos of a higher resolution if they are taken from the native Instagram application. If you decided to upload a photo taken from any other device the resolution will be much lower.

Image Guidelines
Instagram still scales these photos down to 612 x 612 pixels.
Appear in feed at 510 x 510 pixels.

Tumblr

Tumblr is customizable social site that lets users effortlessly share anything that they want. Due to the fact that almost everything is sharable, it isn’t hard to imagine that there are currently over 189 million blogs that have churned out more than 83 billion posts.

Profile Picture – 128 x 128
TumblrProfile

Although there is a profile photo associated with your Tumblr page it doesn’t appear very frequently throughout the site. It will appear as a thumbnail adjacent to your posts within a follower’s feed. It also appears next to the buttons to follow you on Tumblr when someone visits your page.

Your profile photo will also appear somewhere on your Tumblr profile page. Whichever theme you choose is going to play a part in where the photo appears and how large it is. Some brands choose a large image while others keep them subtler. Just make sure to mind the minimum and pick an image that fits not only your brand, but that also fits your page’s layout.

Image Guidelines
Minimum 128 x 128 pixels.
JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP

Image Posts – 500 x 750
TumblrImagePosts

These are the posts that you send out to your followers that will also appear on your page. Due to the fact that Tumblr is so customizable and each theme is so different, not all people are going to want to post the same size photos.

Image Guidelines
Dash image sizes max at 1,280 x 1,920, and show in feeds at 500 x 750
Images can’t exceed 10 MB.
Animated GIFS must be under 1 MB and max at 500 pixels.

Thunderclap: Amplifying Your Message Through Social Media

ThunderclapThunderclap is a tool that allows people to donate a social media status at a specific time. When the organizer reaches a threshold of sign-ups, the Thunderclap is activated and all who signed on send a message at the same time.

Thunderclap has different pricing plans from free (the free plan can take up to 3 days to have your message approved, plan accordingly) to paid plans ranging from $45-$500 per campaign. The paid plans additional features that may make them more attractive to your organization.

Illinois Pension Theft Bill

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) used a Thunderclap to great effect in 2013 as part of the social media component of their campaign against SB1 – the pension theft bill.

For about a week prior to the bill, IFT started tagging all of our SB1 content with the hashtag #PensionTheft. They forwarded this information to every listserv and Facebook group they participated in and encouraged online activists to spread the word.

About 5-7 unique pieces of #PensionTheft content were posted across their social media channels per day. The crescendo of this campaign was on December 2, 2013 between 7-9PM when they organized a Twitter storm, which coincided with a Thunderclap action they organized.

IFT set a threshold of 100 participants (their goal was 200) and had a total of 738 sign-ups. The messages were released at 8PM and all of this action made #PensionTheft go viral.

Pension Theft Thunderclap

End Result

For several hours on the night of December 2nd, SB1 was the number one topic on Twitter in the Chicago region.

This campaign brought more people to IFT social media channels. They were able to increase their online engagement and capacity for future engagement through this campaign.

Their average attainment of new Facebook “likes” increased by 400% over the course of the campaign. Their average post reach increased by 320% and total number of people engaged with their Facebook page increased by 86%. 

On Twitter, their #PensionTheft content received 10-20 times their average reach. The increase in mentions and retweets yielded a spike in followers. They increased from 2,000 followers at the beginning of the campaign to 2,542.

Although the bill passed, they engaged members and supporters through the campaign and increased their capacity to keep them informed.

Tips for Better Smartphone Video

Smartphones give you the power to get great video at a moments notice. Whether you’re on a picket line, at a rally or a membership meeting, your smartphone gives you the ability to capture all of these moments and more. Before you begin shooting video you need to remember these tips.

Landscape
Before shooting any video turn your phone horizontally to shoot in landscape format. Otherwise, your footage will have two black vertical bars along both sides of your video.

Framing
Framing is key to an esthetically pleasing shot. If you are conducting an interview with someone do not center them in the shot. Place them left or right of center and be sure to remind them to not look at the camera.

Zoom
Although some smartphones allow for digital zoom in video it will create pixelation and make for ugly video. Get closer to your subjects. This will be especially important when interviewing people in order to pick up better audio. If you’re planning on adding titles to your video be sure to use a head and shoulders shot of your subject to leave room for the title.

Lighting
While smartphones come equipped with LED lights, these can alter the color temperature of photos. Use as much natural lighting as possible or artificial lighting when necessary.

Backlighting
Avoid backlit settings. While you may be able to make out your subject, your smartphone camera won’t. Having your subject in front of a window or having the sun behind your subject will create negative lighting you’ll want to avoid.

Accessories
You can improve your videos with a few basic accessories. The addition of a third party camera app, a tripod mount, and an external microphone can give you professional quality video and audio for less than $100.

Editing
A little editing can go a long way towards making your videos look professional. Both iOS and Android phones provide editing software that allow for trimming clips and adding transitions and titles.

Remember, when it comes to smartphone video, less is more. Using simple cuts or fade-ins and fade-outs will look more professional than fancy transitions that steal focus from the story you’re trying to tell.

Organizing New Members

When prospective members check your website what will they find? Is there compelling information that would make them want to join your union?  Is there an easy way for them to contact your organizing department? Organizing leads can come from anywhere. Providing prospective members with a recruitment page will help bring in additional leads to your union.

Title the Page Appropriately

This is not the time to be vague. Titling your page “Join Our Union” removes all doubt about its purpose. Being clear will help significantly with organizing new members.

Write About What Joining Your Union Will Mean for Them

A large part of organizing new members is talking about what union representation will mean for them.

“If you want fairness and respect at work, join…”

“By joining together, working women and men gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work about what they care about. They negotiate a contract with their employer for things like a fair and safe workplace, better wages, a secure retirement and family-friendly policies such as paid sick leave and scheduling hours.”

Provide Testimonials From Members

Testimonials from current members provide prospective members with personal accounts of what union membership has to offer. Utilize photos, names and titles to reinforce the professions your members organize.

“Joining our union is the best decision we ever made. Having a union contract protects us at work.”

“I’ve worked in places where there is no union. Being a member of our union protects us from being terminated just because an administrator doesn’t like us.”

Provide Means for Contacting Your Union

Providing a simple email form and a phone number will give prospective members multiple ways to contact your organizing department. Prospective members may be reluctant to speak about joining out of concern for their job and safety. Remind them that their contact information will remain confidential.

Share the Wealth

If the prospective member isn’t a good fit with your union for some reason, ask them if you can share their contact information with another union that may be a better fit. These people have reached out because they want a voice at the workplace. Just because your union doesn’t represent their profession doesn’t mean they don’t deserve representation. Help put them in touch with a union that will represent them.