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2011 Debs Award Recipient – Danny Glover

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Once per year, the Debs Foundation (named after Railroad Labor Leader Eugene V. Debs) holds a dinner and gives an award to honor someone outstanding to the Labor Movement. This years recipient is Actor Danny Glover who will receive the award on September 24, 2011.

In the Debs Foundation announcement, they recognize his numerous marches and demonstrations in support of worker’s rights as well as his activism and advocacy for human rights, both in the U.S. and Africa. They also state “Internationally, Glover has servied as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U. S. Development Program from 1998-2004 focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.”

Presenting the award to Danny Glover will be Bruce Raynor, who received the Award in 2004. Raynor retired this year as President of Workers United, ending a long career in union leadership which began in the education department of the former Textile Workers Union of America.

Local 1403 – Trowbridge memorial

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Local 1403 of Kansas City, Missouri accepts donations for a fund they call a “Relief Fund”. It is used to help their Local Members that are out of service because of temporary disability, etc.  During the Local’s regular meeting on December 2, 2010, members voted to make a donation from the Relief Fund to the City Union Mission in memorial of their former S&T Hershel Trowbridge.

 Hershel had, at one time, been named the UTU Volunteer of the Year. He was the Treasurer of Local 1403 for years until his passing on March 25, 2000.

 One of Hershel’s favorite charities was the City Union Mission. In Hershel’s honor, the Local has made like donations each year since his passing.

CFCA Sponsorship – UTU Local 349

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Approximately 6 years ago, the Officers and Committeemen of UTU Local 349 (KC) began sponsoring schooling for a young girl in the Philippines. The sponsorship is through a highly rated charity named the “Christian Foundation For Children and Aging” (CFCA). The officers of Local 349, along with GC Nowlin, sponsor a girl named Analyn Civil who resides in an area of extreme poverty. A couple of times a year, Local 349 Officers receive a letter or card from Analyn. The card for Christmas, 2010 may be read here. – –  1011_Analyn card  

For more information about CFCA, the Fall 2010 newsletter can be read here. – – 1011_CFCA news – – We highly recommend this worthwhile cause. (All donations for sponsorship made by Officers or Committeemen are personal. No union funds are used.)

Retirement of Pat Lynch

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

He became Local Chairman because he wanted to be involved. Living in Arkansas (which is a “right to work” state) Pat says he often sees workers taken advantage of by their employers. He states, “I haven’t seen any group of people that wouldn’t benefit from a union.” (For entire article click):  101013_Lynch retirement