2014 Saul Miller Winner: Building Trades Protect CEQA and Wages at Capitol

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Political Action by a State or Central Labor Body Union goes to Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council’s Seth Sandronsky for his piece Building Trades Protect CEQA and Wages at Capitol.

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: Labor Rallies to Protest Non-Union Contractor

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Organizing by a State or Central Labor Body Union goes to Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council’s Robert Buscemi for his piece Labor Rallies to Protest Non-Union Contractor.

Judges comments: “A straight-forward account of trades and other unions challenging the wages, benefits, training, and safety practices of a nonunion competitor. There could be a more direct contrast with the alternative that union projects provide. The story has two strong additions: highlighting a worker who switched from the nonunion company to union work, and the presence of other unions in solidarity.”

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: SEIU Local 26 janitors, security officers vote to authorize strike

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Collective Bargaining by a State or Central Labor Body Union goes to Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation’s Steve Share for his piece SEIU Local 26 janitors, security officers vote to authorize strike.

Judges comments: “A solid news story — especially before the jump. It crisply details the issues both bargaining units face, highlights those issues with well-chosen quotes, demonstrates that this is a community — not just a union — campaign, and puts the building workers’ wages and benefits in the context of the compensation that CEOs who work in the same buildings receive. It would be stronger if the parade of quotes toward the end were replaced by more details on how much bargaining has taken place before the strike authorization vote and a clearer sense of the union’s timetable for acting on the strike authorization.”

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: What Works – ATU Members Shaking Things Up All Over U.S. and Canada

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Organizing by a Local Union goes to Amalgamated Transit Union’s Communications Department for their piece What Works – ATU Members Shaking Things Up All Over U.S. and Canada.

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: Purple Wave Helps Obama Carry Ohio

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Political Action by a Local Union goes toNational Conference of Firemen and Oilers/ District Local 32BJ SEIU’s Fred J. Solowey for his piece Purple Wave Helps Obama Carry Ohio.

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: Members Mobilize for Tough Giant-Safeway Contract Fight

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Collective Bargaining by a Local Union goes to UFCW Local 400’s Mark Federici for his piece Members Mobilize for Tough Giant-Safeway Contract Fight.

Judges comments: “A good preview of a contract fight. The article makes it clear what union workers are up against and what they may need to do about it. It spells out industry trends (including nonunion competition and what other UFCW locals have run into negotiating with the same chains in other parts of the country), the impact of Obamacare; and the role of income inequality. It also highlights key worker issues: scheduling and insufficient hours, health-care costs, and holding the line on wages. The writing is not as tight as it could be, but the article includes valuable web resources for more up-to-date information locally and nationally.”

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: Union-Busting ‘Onslaught’ Snares Organizing Campaign

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Organizing by a National/International Union goes to IBEW’s Lucas Oswalt for his piece Union-Busting ‘Onslaught’ Snares Organizing Campaign.

Judges comments: “It’s not very often that a union dedicates this much space to an organizing loss. A nicely done article: It explains the work being organized, focuses on one campaign, highlights how the same company used the same tactics in other elections in other parts of the country, and tells how union organizers and key supporters are adapting and not giving up.”

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2014 Saul Miller Winner: Musicians Rock Marvel in Cleveland

SaulMillerThe 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.

The 2014 Saul Miller Award for Political Action by a National/International Union goes to American Federation of Musicians Local 47’s Linda Rapka for her piece Musicians Rock Marvel in Cleveland.

Judges comments: “Good straight news story. Layout is nice.”

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