Become an inspiration to the entire Labor Movement by joining our 2016 ILCA Labor Media Contest.

Click here to download our Contest Instruction Book and see the many categories. The deadline for entries has been extended to June 30 (for all submissions including those that are mailed in).

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Award Winning Articles

Max Steinbock Award

The Max Steinbock Award is given in recognition of an outstanding journalistic writing effort that explores an issue of concern to 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.

2015 Max Steinbock Winner

Baby’s Death Exposes Dangers of Kaiser’s Service Cuts
Read the story that earned Lucia Hwang of National Nurses United the highest honor in ILCA Labor Media Awards.

Saul Miller Awards

The Saul Miller Awards are a sub-category of Writing Awards. These awards highlight writing related to some of the key activities of unions: organizing, collective bargaining and political action. The awards honor the late Saul Miller, a director of the AFL-CIO Department of Information and a founder of ILCA.

2015 Saul Miller Awards for Collective Bargaining

The Unlikely Journey of the IBEW’s Newest Local

Solidarity Scrapbook

2015 Saul Miller Awards for Organizing

Ill. Tool Plant Triumph Aided by Calif. Organizers

Back to School, Union Strong

Virginia Bestway Workers Win Recognition But Continue to Fight Union-Busting Tactics

2015 Saul Miller Awards for Political Action

2014 The Year of Transit Action

Raising Wages for 350,000 Workers

FCJFS Lobby Day

2014 ILCA Labor Media Award Winners

Award Winning Articles

Max Steinbock Award

The Max Steinbock Award is given in recognition of an outstanding journalistic writing effort that explores an issue of concern to 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.

2014 Max Steinbock Winner

Brothers Keeper
Read the story that earned Eric Wolfe the highest honor in ILCA Labor Media Awards.

Saul Miller Awards

The Saul Miller Awards are a sub-category of Writing Awards. These awards highlight writing related to some of the key activities of unions: organizing, collective bargaining and political action. The awards honor the late Saul Miller, a director of the AFL-CIO Department of Information and a founder of ILCA.

2014 Saul Miller Awards for Collective Bargaining

SEIU Local 26 janitors, security officers vote to authorize strike

Members Mobilize for Tough Giant-Safeway Contract Fight

2014 Saul Miller Awards for Organizing

Musicians Rock Marvel in Cleveland

Union-Busting ‘Onslaught’ Snares Organizing Campaign

Labor Rallies to Protest Non-Union Contractor

2014 Saul Miller Awards for Political Action

What Works – ATU Members Shaking Things Up All Over U.S. and Canada

Building Trades Protect CEQA and Wages at Capitol

Purple Wave Helps Obama Carry Ohio

Award Winning Campaigns

Detroit Water March at Netroots Nation conference in Detroit
National Nurses United used flyers, Facebook images, placards, a press release, blog, radio ad, photos and a follow-up article to coordinate a massive march during Netroots Nation, a political convention for progressive political activists, that was taking place in Detroit in 2014.

Kellogg Greed/Kellogg Lockout Campaign
BCTGM used a website, videos, an online petition and letter writing campaign, social media, and numerous informational fliers and publications to shed light on Kellogg’s corporate greed as 220 workers remained locked out of a cereal plant in Memphis, TN.

Getting Schooled in Infrastructure Tour
LIUNA launched the “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” Tour using guerrilla tactics to urge Congress to pass a long-term, full investment Highway Bill. The grassroots effort was part of an aggressive campaign to bring light to the serious disrepair of our nation’s roads and bridges.

It Takes A Team
AFT Connecticut used a microsite, social media and mailings to ensure teachers have a voice in education reform legislation.

Thunderclap: Amplifying Your Message Through Social Media
The Illinois Federation of Teachers used Thunderclap to dramatically increase their voice against SB1 the Pension Theft Bill.

Side of Applesauce
When UFCW Local 220 was forced on strike at the Mott’s plant in Williamson, NY. the union used social media to squeeze Mott’s and its parent company.

Work That Matters
Sharing workers’ stories can have a profound impact on public officials. Learn how this campaign minimized concessions for public employees.

Meet Richard Hayes. He Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash
The 2013 Multimedia Award winner was the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for their campaign featuring public workers who service Mitt Romney’s La Jolla, Calif., neighborhood.

It’s What We Do
The 2012 Multimedia Award winner was the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) for their It’s What We Do campaign.

March for California’s Future
The 2011 Multimedia Award winner was the California Federation of Teachers for their March for California’s Future campaign.

Bright Ideas

Using Online Comments to Deliver Your Message
Learn how to create a Rapid Response Team of activist members to deliver your union’s message through online comments.

Let’s Go to the Videotape: Lobby Day Activism
Using video to get legislators on-the-record on an issue can be a powerful tool to activate your members.

Labor Media Centers

New Orleans
The 2007 ILCA Convention was an experiment in labor media centers, providing tools and training for delegates to report and distribute the stories of crisis, struggle, and progress. More than 70 labor journalists in 17 teams hit the streets of New Orleans and collaborated to create articles and multimedia presentations that captured the issues behind the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and explained their meaning.