People's World to pick up labor journalism prize

The Peoples World will be in Washington D.C. Nov. 19 where one of its editors will be among those honored by the nation's labor journalists for excellence in their craft.

During the International Labor Communications Association's Media Awards ceremony at the national headquarters of the American Federation of Teachers the Peoples World labor editor, John Wojcik, will receive a feature-writing prize for his Sept. 19, 2009 story, "Steeler Nation Fights Its Way Back."

ILCA judges said about his story: "John Wojcik uses sports fandom as a poignant window into the long-term costs of blue-collar layoffs in the country's eloquent argument for an industrial policy in America."

 The country's labor press comes together every year to celebrate excellence in labor journalism and to exchange ideas on how to better deliver labor's message in the mass media.

During the awards ceremony, Jennifer Berkshire, a writer for the Massachusetts AFT Advocate, will receive the 2010 Max Steinbock Award, the highest honor given by the ILCA. In her story, We Wanted a Voice, she recounts the successful effort by teachers at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton, Mass., to form a union.

American Federation of Musicians, Local 802 newsletter Allegro will receive one of three Saul Miller awards, named after the longtime director of the AFL-CIO publications department and ILCA vice president. Miller's son David, is a member of Local 802 and wrote the winning article about his father.

At the awards event Ed Ott, former executive director of the New York City Central Labor Council, will give a talk on trends in nontraditional organizing drives and how such organizing has secured respect on the job for huge numbers of service workers.

There will be a panel discussion on how to use the new social media to win labor campaigns. Journalists coming to the gathering report that from countering attacks on teachers, to building support for all kinds of strikes, the social media have been an effective tool.

The labor journalists will also get a chance to learn how the Department of Labor will respond to the expected attacks that will come from the new Republican majority in the House, Carl Fillichio, senior adviser for communications to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will discuss this topic and answer questions for the reporters.

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  • Congratulations on a great job reporting what is of real value to people "the truth" in the era of mass trash information......keep up the great work.

    Posted by MARTIN CLEARY, 11/22/2010 1:08pm (5 years ago)

  • Congratulations!

    Posted by Trailer Trash, 11/12/2010 9:18pm (5 years ago)

  • To all at the People's World and especially to John Wojcik on this occasion....congratulations not only on a job well done and a commemoration well deserved, but for being a part of this brilliant legacy, that of the revolutionary cultural workers who came before us. This disparate band of arts warriors laid down the foundation and inspired the forces in the movement through their writings for the Masses, the Liberator, the Daily Worker, the New York Call, the New Masses, International Socialist Review, Political Affairs and of course the People's World. It is high time that the Labor movement as a whole acknowledge that the sea change made in working lives actually came to be only through the organizing, the sweat and the blood--and the creativity--of radicals.


    Posted by John Pietaro, 11/11/2010 10:13am (5 years ago)

  • Hi...thanks for the mention in this story above about our union winning one of the Saul Miller prizes. One correction to what you wrote above: the award-winning story was NOT the one that Saul Miller's son David wrote about his father. That story was a feature that we published AFTER we won the award. The actual award-winning story was about how our union organized a Led Zeppelin tribute concert. (The headline was "Organizing Rocks!") Thanks.

    Mikael Elsila
    ALLEGRO: the newspaper of the New York City musicians' union (AFM Local 802)

    Posted by Mikael Elsila, 11/09/2010 8:36pm (5 years ago)

  • Congratulations!

    Posted by Harvey Smith, 11/09/2010 2:17pm (5 years ago)

  • Way to go John!

    Posted by Scott Marshall, 11/09/2010 8:56am (5 years ago)

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