United Way of the Mid-South President Bryce Haugsdahl saluted organized labor workers who support our local community during an awards dinner last Thursday evening.
“I am very honored to be here. I get a sense of camaraderie and family from everyone in this room,” Haugsdahl said during his keynote address. “It was during uneasy times that organized labor was born. Being in this hall of International Brotherhood, it feels like a family gathering. People here depend on each other. Working together for our community, we can do so much more than if we are working individually.”
Casel Jones, AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison with United Way, and Regina Walker, Sr. V.P. of Community Engagement and Alignment met with union workers from across the area at the awards ceremony to honor workers for their support of the Mid-South. United Way staff members Vickie Terry, Reginald Green, Paul Smothers and Nakisha Coffey were also present to salute the labor volunteers.
Haugsdahl also talked about United Way’s mission, highlighting our focus on education, financial stability and health. He also talked about the umbrella of services provided by UW partner agencies that help children and youth succeed, strengthen families and neighborhoods and care for adults and seniors with disabilities.
The awards dinner also included United Way Board members Irvin Calliste, President, Memphis Local AFL-CIO, David Dortch, President USW Local 9-0771 and Joe Norman, V.P., Memphis Firefighters Association.
Calliste provided the closing remarks to salute the spirit of volunteerism shown by the award winners and rightly observed that “United Way could not survive without the support of organized labor.”