Labor editor wins award: good time to give


John Wojcik, labor editor of, is a winner. Originally from Brooklyn, the Chicago resident and former United Food and Commercial Worker shop steward easily wins over anybody with his friendly banter, passion for justice and story-telling ability.

He is also a winner of a 2010 Labor Media Award from the International Labor Communications Association, AFL-CIO.

The recent announcement of the award came as People's World and Mundo Popular were preparing for a fall push to raise money for the two websites. What a great reason to give!

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You already know how unique these websites are. But did you know that there are only a handful of labor reporters and editors employed by corporate-owned media? It used to be - back in the day - that labor reporters were at nearly every daily newspaper in the country. But news about working people and union members were among the first casualties of the corporate takeover of the media.

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Among and other notable achievements are:

• the first and only labor coverage of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster;

• illuminating articles on the Nov. 2, 2010, midterm elections;

• campaigns for jobs, equality, human rights and the One Nation Oct. 2 march 

• hard hitting exposes on the corporate interests behind the tea party; 

• consistent voice for multi-racial and broad unity/action against racism, against immigrant-bashing and Muslim-bashing, homophobia, gender inequality and other forms of bigotry and discrimination;

• thousands of fans on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter .

You know it takes money to run two daily news websites, no matter how much frugality we employ (and we are frugal!). Staff, travel, technology and advertising - regardless of the modest budget - still takes money.

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It's good to be acknowledged for your work. and John Wojcik got acknowledged by ILCA. For his winning feature story, ""Steeler Nation fights its way back," the judges wrote:

"John Wojcik uses sports fandom as a poignant window into the long-term costs of blue-collar layoffs in the country's heartland. On a Steelers' game night in September, Wojcik spoke with out-of-town fans who had made the trek from California to Pittsburgh for the game; it turns out, like many Steelers fans across the country, the family's patriarch had worked at the Homestead Mill until it was shuttered in 1989. Wojcik captures the pride these former steel workers felt in the work they did, the devastation of the mass layoffs, and their struggles since, working fast-food jobs for minimum wage. Wojcik's essay makes an eloquent argument for an industrial policy in America."

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Photo: John Wojcik with his dog, Yuri, on Lake Michigan beach. (Blake Deppe/PW)

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  • Great story! Congratulations!

    Posted by April Smith, 09/20/2010 2:19pm (5 years ago)

  • Well deserved,indicative of international working class appreciation and even more great work in the future for peace and progress. Thank you brother John Wojcik.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 09/20/2010 12:06pm (5 years ago)

  • Great work John! PW is better than ever.

    Posted by Joel Wendland, 09/20/2010 7:47am (5 years ago)

  • Congratulations to John and to the PW. Your excellent labor coverage is unique in so many ways, and it's wonderful to see it recognized. Sí se puede!

    Posted by Elena Mora, 09/19/2010 9:23am (5 years ago)

  • Hey congrats John, I remember reading the article, it was well written!

    Posted by Blake, 09/17/2010 6:45pm (5 years ago)

  • I don't have much money right, now but I just donated $2.

    Posted by Sean Mulligan, 09/17/2010 3:54pm (5 years ago)

  • hey john, congrats to the best labor editor in this universe (not sure about the parallel ones)
    and that's a handsome dog too!

    Posted by Barbara R, 09/17/2010 3:04pm (5 years ago)

  • I met you after the Gulf BP oil spill and you were the first person to go down and get on a fishing boat and talk to the fisherman and listen to them with an open heart. The heart of a working man. The articles that followed were tremendous and way ahead of any of the monied networks.
    Congratulation for your hard work and talented writing.
    You have truly earned the awards.
    I also love your dog. Warmly, Viviana
    San Antonio,Texas

    Posted by Viviana, 09/17/2010 12:42pm (5 years ago)

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