Winners of 2020 Labor Media Awards Contest

Presenting the 2020 Labor Media Awards Contest winners.

Max Steinbock Award
The highest single award for journalistic excellence

Warrior to Workplace
Rebecca Band, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Print Publication

National:

Air Line Pilot Magazine, Air Line Pilots Association – First
National Nurse Magazine, California Nurses Association/NNU – Second
International Musician, American Federation of Musicians – Third
IUPAT Journal, 617MediaGroup – Honorable Mention
The American Postal Worker, American Postal Workers Union – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Allegro magazine, American Federation of Musicians Local 802 – First
St. Louis Labor Tribune – Second
The Voice, United University Professions – Third
Utility Reporter, IBEW Local 1245 – Honorable Mention
Insight magazine, Professional & Technical Employees Local 17 – Honorable Mention

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Single-Issue Publication/Collateral

The Cost of Doing Business: Why lawmakers must hold the ride-hailing industry accountable, Transportation Trades Dept., AFL-CIO – First
LIUNA Member Communications Playbook for Local Unions and District Councils, Laborers International Union of North America – Second
ALPA Aviation and Space White Paper, ALPA – Third
The Widget, ALPA Delta MEC, Winter 2019, ALPA – Honorable Mention

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Website

National:

apwu.org, American Postal Workers Union – First
atu.org, Amalgamated Transit Union – Second
umwa.org, United Mine Workers of America – Third
boilermakers.org, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Honorable Mention
rwdsu.info, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

www.cft.org, California Federation of Teachers – First
DrivingPublic.ca, MoveUP / NOW – Second
keyframemagazine.org, Animation Guild Local 839 – Third
protec17.org, PTE Local 17 – Honorable Mention
ufcw324.org, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 – Honorable Mention

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Electronic Publication

IBB Update, IBB – First
PASS News Now, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists – Second
AFGE Government Standard, American Federation of Government Employees – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Design of a Magazine (Print)

National:

Air Line Pilot magazine, Sept. 2019 – First
The Boilermaker Reporter – Second
Air Line Pilot magazine, June-July 2019 – Third
International Musician – Honorable Mention
The American Postal Worker, Sept.-Oct. 2019 – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

UFCW Local 400 Union Leader – First
UFCW Local 99 Report, Summer 2019 – Second
UFCW Local 1428 Messenger, Spring 2019 – Third
The Voice, Fall 2019, United University Professions – Honorable Mention

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Design of a Website, App or Electronic Publication

cft.org, California Federation of Teachers – First
ufcw400.org, UFCW Local 400 – Second
IAM Union Yes, 617MediaGroup – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Front Page/Cover of a Magazine (Print)

National:

Air Line Pilot magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2019 – First
International Musician – Second
The Boilermaker Reporter, Oct.-Dec. 2019 – Third
PASS vs. the Shutdown, PASS – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Art in Progress, Spring 2019, Animation Guild Local 839 – First
UFCW Local 400 Union Leader, Fall 2019 – Second
UFCW Local 1428 Messenger, Spring 2019 – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Front Page/Cover of a Newspaper or Newsletter (Print)

CWA Local 1180 Communique, CWA Local 1180 – First
Utility Reporter, IBEW Local 1245 – Second
Observer 2019, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 142 – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Photograph

National:

TWU Future Leaders Organizing Committee is Formed, Transport Workers Union – First
Fed Up? Rise Up! Day of Action, AFGE – Second
Mauricio Apodaca Mig Welding, IBB – Third
Take Me Back to Work Rally at Nationals Park, AFGE – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Standing Up For Young Workers, MoveUP – First
Welder Working for NV Energy, IBEW Local 1245 – Second
CSEA Rochester Pride, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Third
Kathy Kelly, CSEA AFSCME Local 1000 – Honorable Mention
Feeding Our Better Nature: UFCW 8 Members Pitch in for Their Communities, UFCW Local 8 Golden State – Honorable Mention

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Photo Essay or Gallery

National:

Women’s March 2019, California Nurses Association/NNU – First
RNRN Hurricane Dorian, California Nurses Association/NNU – Second
#OccupyHart – Stop the Shutdown Protest, AFGE – Third
APWU Members Take a Tax Day Stand Against Privatization, APWU – Honorable Mention
Nurses Take on DC!, California Nurses Association/NNU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Six Days That Shook Los Angeles, California Federation of Teachers – First
Eleven Days in April, UFCW Local 1445 – Second
Unprecedented numbers turn out to deliver message: our patience has worn thin, UFCW Local 324 – Third
Workers Memorial Day 2019, Minneapolis Labor Review – Honorable Mention
Cement masons apprentices create ‘Concrete Christmas,’ learning and using skills, Minneapolis Labor Review – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Analysis

National:

California hospitals have spent decades delaying seismic upgrades. What’s the human cost?, California Nurses Association/NNU – First
Two Paths to a First Contract, ATU – Second
Unions and workers get little attention in Democratic debates, People’s World – Third
The truth about reparations: They’re a condemnation of U.S. capitalism, People’s World – Honorable Mention
White House Targets Postal Workers, APWU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Member-Driven and Member-Strong in the Wake of Janus, IBEW Local 1245 – First
Disney claims it has never taken a subsidy as fight over living wage initiative heads to court, UFCW Local 324 – Second
Safeway Undermined by Private Equity Plunderers, UFCW Local 400 – Third
A Global Perspective, Social Service Employees Union Local 371 – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Editorial or Column

National:

U.S./China trade war: The fight to save America’s farmland, People’s World – First
Campaign for Fairness in Streaming Media Begins in Los Angeles, AFM – Second
Nurses are Calling Out for Job Protections and Marching in the Women’s March, California Nurses Association/NNU – Third
‘Proletarian billionaire’ act wears thin: Trump’s war on workers, People’s World – Honorable Mention
Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs, IBB – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Let’s Use Our Slingshots in Bargaining with Goliaths, UFCW Local 400 – First
Millennials and unions: ‘A perfect match,’ UFCW Local 99 – Second
Let the sunshine in, United University Professions – Third
One Year Post Janus & Unions Are Stronger Than Ever, Communications Workers of America Local 1180 – Honorable Mention
Union News Spring 2019 President’s Message, UFCW Local 1445 – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Electronic Content

cft.org, California Federation of Teachers – First
ufcw324.org, UFCW Local 324 – Second
ufcw400.org, UFCW Local 400 – Third

WRITING
Best Feature Story

National:

Eugenia Zukerman: Renowned Flutist Reflects on What Comes Next After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, AFM – First
What’s cooking at Vulcan? Perfection., IBB – Second
Boilermakers bring massive Pennsylvania Chemicals project to life, IBB – Third
Post office thrills kids; in the future, they may have to save it, People’s World – Honorable Mention
The Bully of Baltimore, California Nurses Association/NNU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Through the Fire, Animation Guild Local 839 – First
Seattle Silence Breakers are using their collective voice to change the culture of harassment and discrimination, PTE Local 17 – Second
An American story: How JBS members Ghulam and Latifa Hussaini fled Afghanistan and put all five of their children through college, UFCW Local 99 – Third
Finding “common ground” in higher education, California Federation of Teachers – Honorable Mention
Construction Projects Boost Appalachian Towns Hit by Opioid Epidemic, Affiliated Construction Trades Ohio – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Labor History Story

National:

UMWA Victory at Pittston, A Strike that Wrote History, UMWA – First
NALC member recalls the Great Postal Strike from the other side, National Association of Letter Carriers – Second
We are CA: A community celebration of 25 years beyond Prop 187, People’s World – Third

Local/regional/state:

State’s oldest AFT local shares 100th Birthday with CFT, United Educators of San Francisco / California Federation of Teachers – First
The Mill Town Where Labor Ruled, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Second
Mother Jones, Lucy Parsons Left Legacy of Courage, Activism, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Third
Kate’s Place, United University Professions – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best News Story

National:

Knowing No Bounds, California Nurses Association/NNU – First
GM battleground: On the Detroit-Hamtramck picket line with the UAW, People’s World – Second
Scientists, Researchers Resist USDA’s Relocation Plan in Powerful Display of Defiance, AFGE – Third
Nurses lead the charge for workplace violence prevention at Sutter Roseville, California Nurses Association/NNU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Six Days That Shook Los Angeles, California Federation of Teachers – First
Amazon workers strike in Shakopee, Minneapolis Labor Review – Second
Rebuilding Paradise, IBEW Local 1245 – Third
21 in ’21, CWA Local 1180 – Honorable Mention
Duped by Phony Grassroots Group, Restaurant Worker Lobbying to Undermine Minimum Wage Hike, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Profile

National:

Salt of the Earth: The revolutionary life of Anita Torrez, People’s World – First
Jamie McMillan: ‘Evangelist’ for the skilled trades, IBB – Second
Immigrant finds rewarding life in Boilermakers union, IBB – Third
Vijay Gupta: Encouraging Musicians to be Empowered by Their Artistry, AFM – Honorable Mention
Keeping the past present, NALC – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Danielle Cole, United University Professions – First
Bea’s Law: Seattle member honors memory of daughter by pushing for new policy to improve City’s bereavement leave, PTE Local 17 – Second
Diaz: ‘I don’t have the ability to quit,’ CSEA AFSCME Local 1000 – Third
Meet Bobo — The Greatest Lineman That Never Was, IBEW Local 1245 – Honorable Mention
The Year Was 1953, CWA Local 1180 – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Series

National:

On the Border Series, People’s World – First
The Secret Memo: Inside Trump’s Plan to Destroy Unions, AFGE – Second
My Final Flight, ALPA – Third

Local/regional/state:

Six Days That Shook Los Angeles, California Federation of Teachers – First
UAW GM Strike Series, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Second
AFGE/Goodfellow Contamination Series, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Third

SAUL MILLER AWARDS
Collective Bargaining

National:

Two Paths to a First Contract, ATU – First
The Dispute Resolution Process, ALPA – Second
Striking Chicago school bus aides fight poverty wages, People’s World – Third
Workers Mobilize Against Trump’s Unacceptable VA Contract Proposal, AFGE – Honorable Mention
Arbitration Panel Hears Why Postal Workers Deserve a Good Contract NOW, APWU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

State Supreme Court victory brings back pay with interest to Antelope Valley College staff, California Federation of Teachers – First
Family Leave, United University Professions – Second
CSEA takes on and wins against Justice Center ‘nightmare,’ CSEA AFSCME Local 1000 – Third
How did procrastination become profitable?, UFCW Local 324 – Honorable Mention
Members, Allies, Elected Officials March and Rally for Fair Contracts at Giant and Safeway, UFCW Local 400 – Honorable Mention

SAUL MILLER AWARDS
Organizing

National:

The Boise Philharmonic: A Textbook Example of How to Organize, AFM – First
Buzzfeed unionizing shows digital media workers still need unions, People’s World – Second
Labor wants California to be the nation’s model for universal healthcare, People’s World – Third
Huge Victory: USDA Economists, Analysts Vote Overwhelmingly to Join AFGE, AFGE – Honorable Mention
On the Oregon Trail, APWU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Doing the hard work, United University Professions – First
Bernie Sanders Workers Become First Presidential Campaign Staff to Ratify Union Contract, UFCW Local 400 – Second
IBEW 1245 Supports Child Care Providers Union Organizing Blitz, IBEW Local 1245 – Third
They Did It! Story Corps Seals The Deal, CWA Local 1180 – Honorable Mention

SAUL MILLER AWARDS
Political Action

National:

The underdog wins in Washington State, IBB – First
Veterans, VA Employees, Local Communities Nationwide Protest Union Busting, Privatization, AFGE – Second
Montgomery, Alabama has first Black mayor in its two-century history, People’s World – Third

Local/regional/state:

Local 1245 Propels Republican Brian Dahle to Victory in State Senate Special Election, IBEW Local 1245 – First
Carpe diem: Members seize every opportunity to advocate, United University Professions – Second
Telling it like it is: UUP activists testify on green energy, for more SUNY funding, United University Professions – Third
NY 25: Union makes bold statement with bold plan, United University Professions – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Education and Training Video

Absenteeism and No-Shows, IBB – First
Nurses Organize for their Patients, California Nurses Association/NNU – Second
Sky Regional, ALPA – Third

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Issue Advocacy Video

National:

Compassion Without Borders, California Nurses Association/NNU – First
From the Front Lines: Inclusion Through Community Partnership, 617MediaGroup – Second
Don’t Play With My Money, Amalgamated Transit Union – Third
Westmoreland Bankruptcy – Everyone is at Risk, UMWA – Honorable Mention
Same Disease, Different Outcomes, California Nurses Association/NNU – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Attacks on Labor, 617MediaGroup – First
Inclusion Done Right, 617MediaGroup – Second
Vision for City on a Hill School, 617MediaGroup – Third

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Longform
Video

Global Nurses United in Solidarity, California Nurses Association/NNU – First
PEOPLE BEFORE ROBOTS: Stop Autonomous Buses, TWU – Second
One Day Longer – The Pittston Strike 30th Anniversary, UMWA – Third

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best News Video

PASS vs. the Shutdown, PASS – First
Nurses Celebrate Victory Against Workplace Violence, California Nurses Association/NNU – Second
Nurses March for Women, for Workers, California Nurses Association/NNU – Third
RWDSU stands against billions in taxpayer subsidies for Amazon, RWDSU – Honorable Mention
Labor & Community Leaders Deliver Letter to Amazon Management in Support of Rashad Long, RWDSU – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Promotional Video

National:

ISO Conference 2019 Opener and Closer, IBB – First
Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Plant, IBB – Second
Healthcare is a Human Right, California Nurses Association/NNU – Third
UAL MEC 2019 Year in Review, ALPA – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

CSEA 109th Annual Delegates Meeting, CSEA AFSCME Local 1000 – First
We Are UUP!, United University Professions – Second
UUP Climate Strike, United University Professions – Third

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Use of Social Media

Protect LIUNA Apprenticeships, LIUNA – First
Nurses’ Week 2019, California Nurses Association/NNU – Second
November Awareness Campaign, UMWA – Third

POLITICAL ACTION/ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN
Best Flyer

The Race to Privatization, AFGE – First
ATU Local 689 Washington, DC Cinder Bed Road Strike, ATU – Second
Mountain View Strike Flyer, RWDSU – Third

BEST MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGN

National:

U.S. Mail: Not for Sale Campaign, APWU – First
Fed Up? Rise Up! Campaign, AFGE – Second
2019 Pension Legislation Fight, UMWA – Third
Delta Investor Day, ALPA – Honorable Mention
Single Pilot Ops, ALPA – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

CFT 100 Years Union Strong, California Federation of Teachers – First
Build A Safer Lowell, 617MediaGroup – Second
Sixty Five, United University Professions – Third
Legal Aid BC Campaign, Professional Employees Association – Honorable Mention

With deep gratitude to the contest judges: Margarita Aguilar, Caleb-Michael Files, Chris Garlock, Deidre Girard, Emily Harris, Andrew Huddleston, Tim Kauffman, Howard Kling, Randy Lyman, Alesa Mackool, Lisa Martin, John Perkinson, Susan Phillips, Kenneth Quinnell, Marci Rosenblum, Gary Schoichet, Tim Welch, and Amy Wiser.

POSTPONED: Steven Greenhouse Book Talk

** This event is postponed. Please watch this space for the new date. **

ILCA is pleased to co-sponsor a book event with former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse.

Wed., April 15, 2020
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The NewsGuild of New York
1500 Broadway, #900
New York City
RSVP
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The reading is co-sponsored by the New York NewsGuild, the Metro New York Labor Communications Council, the National Employment Lawyers Association / New York, and the New York Labor History Association.

Books will be available for purchase.

What’s a Union?

Take it from these insightful kids. Warning: watching this Machinists video will result in heart palpitations. Cuteness overload ahead.

2019 Convention Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2019 convention a great success.

We gained knowledge and changed our perspectives in ways large and/or small. Here are some summaries of the Nov. 14-15 events.

Hearty congratulations to the award winners. To spread or replicate the pride, order duplicate awards here.

2019 Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners!

The annual ILCA Labor Media Awards Contest recognizes excellence among member publications, websites, film, video, and other media. It is the first and largest competition exclusively for labor journalists. The 2019 winners represent the best work in labor communications and promote the highest standards of labor journalism.

We had the honor to present awards to some winners in person at our 2019 convention. Awards will be mailed and duplicates can be ordered.

Max Steinbock Award
The highest single award for journalistic excellence

Wake-up Call, National Nurse magazine
Lucia Hwang, California Nurses Association / National Nurses United

Award winners are listed by category in alphabetical order of the categories.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Print Publication

National:

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Journals – First
The Boilermaker Reporter – Second
RWDSU Record – Third

Local/regional/state:

UFCW Local 1428 Messenger – First
IBT Local 237 Newsline – Second
California Teacher – Third
Minneapolis Labor Review – Honorable Mention
99 Report, UFCW Local 99 – Honorable Mention

Unions with 10,000 members or fewer:

The Professional, Professional Employees Association – First
Communique, CWA Local 1180 – Second
Perspective, Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800 – Third
Allegro magazine, AFM Local 802 – Honorable Mention
Overture magazine, AFM Local 47 – Honorable Mention

Unions with more than 30,000 members:

New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers/AFT Local 2 – First
National Nurse magazine, California Nurses Association – Second
The Voice, United University Professions – Third
Checkout magazine, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 – Honorable Mention

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Single-Issue Publication/Collateral

National:

AFGE Then and Now Book – First
IAM Benefits Brochure – Second
IAM It’s Not Your Granddaddy’s Union Anymore – Third

Local/regional/state:

Do We Still Need Unions?, IBEW Local 1245 – First
Right To Work/Prop A Issue, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Second
Transitioning to Retirement, CWA Local 1180 – Third

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Website

National:

WeWantToWork.org, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – First
iamadvantage.org, IAM – Second
umwa.org, United Mine Workers of America – Third

Local/regional/state:

www.cft.org, California Federation of Teachers – First
pea.org, Professional Employees Association – Second
medicare4all.org, California Nurses Association – Third
adg.org, Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800 – Honorable Mention

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Electronic Publication

Overture Online, AFM Local 47 – First
The Echo, United University Professions – Second
Union City newsletter, D.C. Metro Washington Labor Council – Third
Local 47 Beat, AFM Local 47 – Honorable Mention

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Blog

Union City blog, D.C. Metro Washington Labor Council – First
Bonnie Castillo’s blog, California Nurses Association – Second
47 blog, AFM Local 47 – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Design of a Newspaper or Newsletter (Print)

Communique, CWA Local 1180 – First
Utility Reporter, IBEW Local 1245 – Second
New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers/AFT Local 2 – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Design of a Magazine (Print)

National:

Air Line Pilot Dec. 2018, ALPA – First
TWU Express, Transport Workers Union – Second
American Postal Worker, APWU – Third
The Boilermaker Reporter – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

California Teacher, 100th anniversary commemorative issue, California Federation of Teachers – First
Insight, Professional & Technical Employees Local 17 – Second
UFCW Local 1428 Messenger – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Design of a Single-Issue Publication (Print)

CFT 100th Anniversary Convention Call, California Federation of Teachers – First
CSEA 2019 Calendar, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Second
VOTE-COPE Brochure, United University Professions – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Design of a Website, App or Electronic Publication

adg.org, Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800 – First
www.cft.org, California Federation of Teachers – Second
medicare4all.org, California Nurses Association – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Front Page/Cover of a Newspaper or Newsletter (Print)

The Work Force, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – First
UFCW Local 1445 Union News – Second
Missouri Wins AGAIN!, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Third
Utility Reporter, IBEW Local 1245 – Honorable Mention

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Front Page/Cover of a Magazine (Print)

National:

Night Sky Above the Uncompahgre National Forest, ALPA – First
The Boilermaker Reporter, January-March 2018 – Second
SAG-AFTRA magazine, Summer 2018 – Third

Local/regional/state:

Perspective, Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800 – First
What Have You Got On the Line: The Janus Issue, Social Service Employees Union Local 371 – Second
California Teacher, 100th anniversary commemorative issue – Third
Overture Magazine Winter 2018, AFM Local 47 – Honorable Mention

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Photograph

National:

25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG-AFTRA – First
MBTA Mechanic, IAM – Second
JetBlue Flight Attendants Become TWU Members, TWU – Third

Local/regional/state:

Chase and Dustin Young, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – First
Don’t Worry … Organize!, UFCW 8 Golden State – Second
Laura Manriquez: Classroom veteran looks forward to being a teacher, California Federation of Teachers – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Photo Essay or Gallery

National:

Thousands Proclaim the U.S. Mail is Not for Sale, APWU – First
Red for Feds Rally, AFGE – Second
Eighth Annual Photography Issue, ALPA – Third

Local/regional/state:

RNRN Camp Fire 2018, California Nurses Association – First
Families Belong Together — El Paso ICE Detention Center Action, California Nurses Association – Second
#Local17is100, Professional & Technical Employees Local 17 – Third

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Informational Graphic

National:

Finishing Trades Institute VR Infographic, IUPAT – First
District Lodge 776 Banner, IAM – Second
The Landing: The Power of the Orange Card, ALPA – Third

Local/regional/state:

Snapshot in buttons: 25 years of ballot box victories, California Federation of Teachers – First
What is Janus v. AFSCME and how will it impact you, CWA Local 1180 – Second
Holiday Wishes, UFCW Local 1445 Union News Winter 2018 – Third
Our Members Are, MoveUP – Honorable Mention

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Cartoon

Do We Still Need Unions?, IBEW Local 1245 – First
Everyday Health, Animation Guild Local 839 – Second
Kids, the picture on the wall shows life for workers before unions, IBT Local 237 – Third
Dirty Money, MoveUP – Honorable Mention

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Best Illustration

Union Women Are Powerful Women, California Nurses Association – First
Bedridden by Bugs, Social Service Employees Union Local 371 – Second
Who What Vote, Social Service Employees Union Local 371- Third
Grievances Around the Boroughs, Social Service Employees Union Local 371 – Honorable Mention
What’re you gonna do about it: VOTE NOV 6, Social Service Employees Union Local 371 – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best News Story

National:

Union Fights Back After ICE Raid Targets Ohio Meat Processors, RWDSU – First
‘We won’t be silent anymore:’ Poor People’s Campaign speaks to Congress, People’s World – Second
Despite resistance, women of color aim for political power in 2018 and beyond, People’s World – Third
Fate of veterans major issue for unionists at D.C. conference, People’s World – Honorable Mention
DOJ says transgender discrimination not a violation of federal law, People’s World – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Largest ever California wildfire tears lives apart, California Federation of Teachers – First
In The Clear — IBEW 1245 tree trimmers work to reduce the risk of wildfires – Second
Enough is enough, CWA Local 1180 – Third
CFT scores major legislative victory by prohibiting for-profit charter schools in California, California Federation of Teachers – Honorable Mention
Hope and 500 union jobs return to Granite City, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Feature Story

National:

Farmington #9 50 Years Later, United Mine Workers – First
Between A Strike and a Hard Place, Lia Russell (freelance) – Second
Journalists Under Fire, SAG-AFTRA – Third

Local/regional/state:

Art of Inclusion, Animation Guild Local 839 – First
Striking a chord, United Federation of Teachers/AFT Local 2 – Second
Sherrie Ponder, a woman trailblazer, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Third

WRITING
Best Analysis

National:

The Real Story About Miners, Black Lung and the Life and Death Struggle for Benefits, United Mine Workers – First
‘Sweat,’ an unsentimental collective portrait of a working class in retreat, People’s World – Second
‘The Workers Cup:’ New documentary tackles soccer and slavery, People’s World – Third
Slavery in the 21st Century: What You Need to Know About Flying and Human Trafficking, ALPA – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Danger in Disguise, California Nurses Association – First
Students need more mental health support on campus, faculty too, California Federation of Teachers – Second
Legislative Report – The Fight to Save Time-and-One-Half, UFCW Local 1445 – Third

WRITING
Best Profile

National:

FedEx Pilot Helps Provide the Gift of Sight, ALPA – First
Council Rep earned a reputation for fairness, fierceness, SPEEA – Second
Katie Jordan: A hero to the workers of Chicago, People’s World – Third
Warrior Union Woman: The Fire & Sunshine of My Friend Gwen, Transport Workers Union – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Upstate doctor answers call to help heal overseas, United University Professions – First
Member’s anti-plastic campaign goes global, United University Professions – Second
Soft-spoken Discontent, UFCW Local 324 – Third
Farewell Farrell: A Salute to MoveUP’s Great Gwenne, MoveUP – Honorable Mention
Rodriguez’s dedication highlighted in Women Working Calendar, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Honorable Mention
Here to Help, Professional Employees Association – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Editorial or Column

National:

It’s Time For Women to Lead, Actors Equity Association – First
As immigrants are targeted, unions stand behind workers from all backgrounds, IUPAT – Second
Networks Feel Street Heat Negotiations, American Federation of Musicians – Third
Force multiplier, National Association of Letter Carriers – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Children are dying, hundreds left outside sick, suffering, California Nurses Association – First
We must protect children, not the merchants of death, California Federation of Teachers – Second
Teach Them Young, CWA Local 1180 – Third

WRITING
Best Labor History Story

A Century of Progress: Honoring the March Forward of Women Letter Carriers, National Association of Letter Carriers – First
Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike Anniversary: 50 Years Later, Unity of Labor and Civil Rights Lives On, APWU – Second
Vet remembers filling in for ’70 strikers, National Association of Letter Carriers – Third
Frances Perkins: The woman who helped end the Great Depression, People’s World – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Series

National:

Delivering care beyond the last mile, National Association of Letter Carriers – First
China’s labor movement keeping pace with globalization, People’s World – Second
Alito’s Folly: How the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision Undermines Democracy and Workers’ Rights, People’s World – Third

Local/regional/state:

Unsafe at any price, St. Louis Labor Tribune – First
We give 100 percent at Staying Union, Staying Strong, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Second
Local 400 Acts!, UFCW Local 400 – Third
Why Vote No Prop A, St. Louis Labor Tribune – Honorable Mention

WRITING
Best Electronic Content

cft.org, California Federation of Teachers – First
uupinfo.org, United University Professions – Second
Things You Should Know, Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800 – Third
The Local 47 Beat, AFM Local 47 – Honorable Mention

SAUL MILLER AWARDS
Organizing

National:

The Long Struggle from Charleston, WV to Columbus, OH, United Mine Workers – First
Progressive Change conference sessions teach candidates how to run campaigns, People’s World – Second
Doubling Local Membership in a Few Short Months? Check., AFGE – Third

Local/regional/state:

Building a Legacy, California Nurses Association – First
Organizing at the chapters, United University Professions – Second
Teacher Leader program empowers educator voice, California Federation of Teachers – Third
New contract a successful organizing tool, United University Professions – Honorable Mention
Kroger West Virginia Members Ratify New Contract, UFCW Local 400 – Honorable Mention

SAUL MILLER AWARDS
Collective Bargaining

National:

Keeping Public Transit Public, IAM – First
Hanford nuke workers win health and safety deal, People’s World – Second
Strength in Numbers, ALPA – Third
TWU Strategic Fightback Campaign Secures Local 291 Victory, TWU – Honorable Mention
Unfriendly skies: United Airlines food workers want a union and safe passenger meals, People’s World – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Librarians are determined to win a better contract, California Federation of Teachers – First
Hundreds protest at Minneapolis school board; MFT Local 59 teachers call for ‘the schools our students deserve,’ Minneapolis Labor Review – Second
Our union restores job, reputation for unfairly fired worker, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Third

SAUL MILLER AWARDS
Political Action

National:

Message delivered: U.S. Mail is not for sale, National Association of Letter Carriers – First
Labor’s Maria Elena Durazo on the ballot for California State Senate, People’s World – Second
Voter rights propositions look like winners in battleground state of Michigan, People’s World – Third
People vs. Corporations, IAM – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31, United University Professions – First
Our voices must be heard! Members elected to district governing boards, California Federation of Teachers – Second
Legislating and Lobbying for Labor, UFCW Local 1428 – Third
MRLF celebrates work of Labor 2018 field staff, Minneapolis Labor Review – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Use of Social Media

National:

#MemberMondays, SAG-AFTRA – First
Let’s Talk About It: Inside the Industry Series, SAG-AFTRA – Second
#StrikeBBH, SAG-AFTRA – Third
UMWA Pension Fight, United Mine Workers – Honorable Mention
ALPA Alaska Pilots “Elf on a Shelf” Social Media Campaign – Honorable Mention

Local/regional/state:

Union Member Monday Profile: Carol Lewis, UFCW Locals 175 & 633 – First
National Nurses United Safe Staffing Social Media Campaign, California Nurses Association – Second
CSEA Stay Union, Stay Strong campaign, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Third
United Federation of Teachers/AFT Local 2 Instagram – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best News Video

JetBlue Informational Picketing Video, ALPA – First
Missouri Defeats Prop A, IAM – Second
Partnership Works in Nashville, IUPAT – Third
Boston Teachers Union: Contract Highlights Video, 617MediaGroup – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Issue Advocacy Video

San Francisco’s Day of Action – #YesOnE, Actors Equity Association – First
Fresh Mark ICE Raid, RWDSU – Second
Red For Feds, AFGE – Third
End the Lockout, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Promotional Video

Vulcan Stove: Boilermakers Local S-50 – First
Iron Work – Women’s Work, Solidarity Films/Chuck Bolland – Second
Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Promotional Video, 617MediaGroup – Third

Local/regional/state:

’Twas the week before Christmas, UFCW Local 324 – First
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, MoveUP – Second
IBEW 1245 — 2018 Year in Review – Third
CSEA 2018 ADM Recap, Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 1000 – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Longform Video

TWU History: The Local 234 Strike of 2016 – First
Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Second
Contract Now: The Power of TWU Organizing Jet Blue Flight Attendants – Third
The Best NEAT Agreement Ever Reached, Actors Equity Association – Honorable Mention

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Education and Training Video

Jumpseat Etiquette? Yes, Please!, ALPA – First
Janus 101, Transport Workers Union – Second
TWU Lobbying Do’s & Don’t’s – Third

ELECTRONIC MEDIA
Best Audio/Podcast/Radio Broadcast

The Attack on Public Employee Workers and Unions and How They’re Resisting, Heartland Labor Forum – First
Erik Loomis: A History of America in 10 Strikes and Undoing Missouri’s Public Sector, Heartland Labor Forum – Second
Reaching out with Gregory Floyd – Lead poisoning in children with Cory Stern, IBT Local 237 – Third
Prop A: How We Defeated Right to Work, Heartland Labor Forum – Honorable Mention

POLITICAL ACTION/ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN
Best Flyer

Amtrak Lobby Day Flyer, Transport Workers Union – First
TWU Organizing Flyer – Second
United Auto Workers – UMass Lowell Union of Adjunct Faculty, 617MediaGroup – Third

POLITICAL ACTION/ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN
Best Collateral

LIUNA Public Sector: Be the Power Communications Toolkit – First
Boston Teachers Union: Red for Ed “Our Students Deserve” Poster, 617MediaGroup – Second
Do What Sets Your Soul On Fire, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Third

BEST MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGN

#NotALabRat, Actors Equity Association – First
ALPA Frontier Pilots Contract Negotiations – Second
When We Flew Again: Memories from Sept. 14, 2001, ALPA – Third
United Auto Workers – UMass Lowell Union of Adjunct Faculty Contract Campaign, 617MediaGroup – Honorable Mention

Going Live

ILCA Executive Council member DeLane Adams interviewed President Lisa Martin on the Machinists daily live news show. View the Oct. 16 segment about ILCA, our convention, and our member-powered organization sustained by you. This video is the full broadcast. President Martin is the first guest and appears at the beginning. Alternatively, you can view this snippet to jump right to the interview.

In the Words of Steven Greenhouse

Steven Greenhouse at D.C.’s Politics & Prose Bookstore in August 2019.

As ILCA prepares for its November convention, we find the stage effectively set via Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, the new book by respected labor journalist Steven Greenhouse. In our version of Cliff’s Notes, we’ve compiled excerpts to present a sense of the book.

The jacket cover defines it as “an in-depth look at working men and women in America, the challenges they face, and the ways in which they can be re-empowered.”

On the back cover, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich critiqued the book this way.

In this riveting account of the rise and fall of organized labor, Steven Greenhouse tells the stories of courageous men and women who put their jobs and often their lives on the line to help American workers gain the income and the dignity they deserve. Greenhouse outlines how a workers’ movement could be rekindled, and why it must be. Deeply inspiring and profoundly important.

On the subject of labor communications, Greenhouse draws this conclusion.

Unions also need to do a better job communicating. Many unions are headed by shrewd tacticians who do a fine job wrestling with management at the bargaining table but do far less well conveying labor’s message on television or to the public, or even to workers in their industry. To get labor’s message across — and, importantly, to attract and inspire young workers (and to obtain TV and radio bookings) — every national union should appoint a smart, appealing young spokesperson or policy director. If union presidents fear that this person will eclipse them in the public eye, that’s a risk that must be taken to do what’s best for the nation’s workers.

Let’s carry on the conversation in person. See you in D.C. in November.

Recognizing Labor’s Resilience

Influential voices in larger society are coming to understand what we’ve known all along: writing labor’s obituary is foolhardy.

Consider “America’s labor movement is finally waking up after a 30 year slumber.” Go past the headline and absorb the real talk from a business analyst.

Vox reported, “A record number of US workers went on strike in 2018.”

On the same topic, journalist Steven Greenhouse charted “The Return of the Strike.”

On consecutive June days, labor’s message occupied pages of the Washington Post and New York Times. On the Post op-ed page, a respected commentator stated, “Trump’s attack on working people demands a bold, progressive response.” In the NYT, the editorial board critiqued “Trump’s War on Worker Rights.”

It is said that journalists write the first rough draft of history. Similarly, labor journalists produce the first rough draft of labor history. It’s easy to lose sight of this in the daily grind, but the work of ILCA members is genuinely historic.

It allows an outside observer such as Greenhouse to weave the story together into Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, Greenhouse’s forthcoming book.

It invites praise, in the form of an ILCA Labor Media Award. Through our annual contest, labor’s history is celebrated and amplified in real time.

Ours is a collective effort by individual unions whose members often work behind the scenes in unexpected industries. The AFL-CIO is shining a spotlight on its members through a blog series entitled “Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates.”

Our members who have been profiled include Actors’ Equity Association, Air Line Pilots Association, Amalgamated Transit Union, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of School Administrators, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, American Postal Workers Union, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, California School Employees Association, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

These are our stories. This is our time.

To flourish, we need all hands on deck. This is how we move the “solidarity forever” concept from slogan to success. Resilience looks like this:

The one to strengthen our momentum is you.

Prized Writing: Enter Your Work in N.Y. Labor Journalism Contest

From Labor Arts, one of many works by Debra E. Bernhardt, known as an “activist, an archivist and a labor historian dedicated to documenting the undocumented history of workers in New York City.”

Our member Metro New York Labor Communications Council invites colleagues to enter the Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Contest.

The Bernhardt prize is an award of $500 given to an article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.

Articles focused on historical events and articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome.

The work should be published in print or online between Aug. 1, 2018 and Aug. 25, 2019.

The contest deadline is Aug. 25, 2019.

To enter, visit www.LaborArts.org/Bernhardt.

The winner will be announced at a forum on labor journalism at New York University on Oct. 16.

The award is sponsored by the New York Labor History Association, LaborArts, Metro New York Labor Communications Council, NYC Central Labor Council, and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.

Announcing the 2019 ILCA Convention

Yes, there is still time to register!

INTERNATIONAL LABOR COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Tommy Douglas Conference Center, Silver Spring, Md.
November 14-15, 2019

AGENDA (as PDF)

Thursday, November 14

8-9 a.m. Registration

9-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening of ILCA Convention, Lisa Martin, ILCA President

9:15-10:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Carla Murphy

Essayist and author of Why We Need a Working-Class Media, Murphy will share a personal and populist perspective about how to find power from the socio-economic margins.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-11:45 a.m. Plenary: Changing the Narrative and Going on the Offensive

Developed by the California Labor Federation, Change the Narrative is a proven initiative based on a wall-to-wall rethinking of how unions and workers are described, perceived, and depicted in popular discourse. What happens when we replace the word “union” with the phrase “working people standing together?” Take a look. Under the leadership of ILCA Executive Council member Rebecca Band (pictured), this session will illustrate how to change the narrative to alter perception in workers’ favor.

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch Break

Breakout Workshops

Choose from concurrent sessions

1-2:30 p.m.

Starting and Jump-Starting Your Social Media
Chauncey Robinson of People’s World will cover the basics of social media – from how to get started to tips, guidance, and dos and don’ts.

Communicating to Win Elections
Leaders of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society will discuss how they built a labor-community coalition that successfully defeated anti-worker legislation. Allies from outside of labor joined the coalition and campaigned alongside trade unionists to oppose a Missouri right-to-work bill. The workshop will examine the tactics used to form, sustain, grow, and strengthen the type of coalition that’s often glorified on paper and much harder to execute in practice.

Strategic Media Outreach: Effectively Working with Reporters
Nora Loreto of the Canadian Association of Labour Media will facilitate a role-play exercise on interacting with the media and being interviewed by a reporter. Participants will learn how to respond strategically to questions to best represent your union as a media spokesperson.

2:45-4:15 p.m.

From a Like to a Leader: Real Online-to-Offline Organizing
Concerted Action strategists Christian Norton and Kelcie Glass will help you understand that using social media to move your message isn’t enough to build a movement. Learn how to proactively find new supporters using ads, how to use social media to build a community, and how to build an online-to-offline pipeline to connect individuals with organizers, advocates, and campaigns. Convert likes and ad clicks into activists and members and develop the leading presence to achieve your real-world goals.

Introduction to Producing Videos
The Machinists Union staff includes a number of expert videographers, who will introduce attendees to video production. Your smartphone is the entry-level equipment required to get started, meaning it doesn’t take a big investment in hardware to make basic videos. Learn to record with phones and video cameras to produce multimedia messages that capture attention.

Growing Email Lists and Publishing Electronic Newsletters
Elana Levin of New Media Mentors/Organizing 2.0 will share guidance on the best tools and techniques to grow your audience and amplify your reach. Learn how to harness the power of petitions, field organizing, and in-person events to grow your email list. Then get tips on publishing quality content that keeps your subscription list healthy.

4:30-6 p.m. Hosted Happy Hour sponsored by Concerted Action. Come sundown, let’s raise a glass to our collective resilience.

Friday, November 15

9-10:30 a.m. Plenary: Organizing and Messaging to Combat Wage Theft

A diverse Minneapolis coalition of civil-rights groups, trade unionists, and workers’ advocacy organizations united to expose the plight of low-wage workers who fell victim to employers’ wage theft. The coalition was the driving force behind anti-wage-theft legislation that both the city and state enacted this year. ILCA Executive Council member Howard Kling coordinated the coalition and documented its success through a series of Workday Minnesota videos. The plenary will feature a panel discussion with two leaders of the successful coalition, SEIU Minnesota State Council Communications Director Josh Keller and Susan Kikuchi, a former organizer at the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha. Panelists will discuss the communications and outreach strategies they used to organize multiracial, multilingual stakeholders to defend the interests of working families.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Workshops

Choose from concurrent sessions

Deep Dive on Facebook Algorithms
Beth Becker will share granular expertise about the inner workings of social media platforms, a topic she studies in depth as a consultant and owner of Becker Digital Strategies. Becker will discuss the ever-changing algorithm that functions as gatekeeper between the messenger and their potential audience. How does it work and how can labor communicators outwit it – or at least make strategically calculated moves in this high-stakes, virtual game of chess? Bring your curiosity and listen in.

Producing Accessible Multimedia
Evolving with technological innovation, labor communicators now produce much more than print newspapers. Videos are especially effective to reach younger workers, but many unions are not maximizing the reach of their videos and other multimedia. Subtitles and other enhancements can ensure that electronic media is widely accessible to people with disabilities. AFL-CIO senior digital strategists Caleb-Michael Files and Kate Hilts will teach techniques to produce accessible multimedia that brings the message to the masses and includes all workers in our essential conversations.

To Podcast or Not to Podcast, That is the Question
165 million people in the U.S. have listened to a podcast, 32% of Americans are monthly podcast listeners, and 22% listen to podcasts weekly. The Labor Radio/Podcast Network contains a growing list of nearly two dozen labor podcasts. Podcasts are inexpensive and relatively easy to create, but are they really right for you? Chris Garlock, host of the Labor History Today podcast, WPFW’s Union City Radio, and Your Rights At Work, explores the many pros and cons of podcasting.

Peer-to-Peer Skillshare
Executive Council members Chelsea Connor and Marci Rosenblum are holding office hours for attendees to drop in and receive guidance about strategic labor communications in general or a specific project on your mind. Bring questions and get feedback about how to most effectively resolve a problem, package an issue, communicate a message, and write/produce results-oriented labor communications.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Business Meeting and Officer Elections
Members are invited to run for office in accordance with the ILCA constitution. File your declaration of candidacy by Nov. 12.

12:30-2:30 p.m. Labor Media Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

Find ILCA on Facebook and Twitter and tag your convention posts #ILCA2019 to share your experience.

Guest Rooms

On-site at Tommy Douglas Conference Center, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903. Regional airports are Reagan National and BWI.

•  $179 single (one king or queen bed, one guest)
•  $269 double (two queen beds, two guests)

Room rate includes:

• Daily breakfast and dinner, both in the dining doom
• Wifi
• Access to fitness center, lounge, recreation room, business center and self-parking

Room Reservations

Call (240) 645-4000 or email guestservices@tommydouglascenter.com and refer to the “International Labor Communications Association room block.” Please indicate arrival date, departure date, bed type preference (if any) and any special guest room needs at time of reservation request. A deposit equal to one-night’s room rate is due with each reservation. Failure to cancel a guaranteed reservation at least 48 hours prior to arrival of the reservation will result in forfeiture of advance deposit or one night’s room and tax billed to the credit card or master account.

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