United Way and Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council honor local labor unions for work to improve the Mid-South

Irvin Calliste

Irvin Calliste

Last week, United Way and the Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council honored unions from across the region at the Union Hall, 1870 Madison in Memphis. Unions were presented awards of appreciation for their part in giving to and spreading awareness of United Way’s efforts to improve education, financial stability and health.

Presiding over the program was Casel Jones, AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison with United Way of the Mid-South. The invocation was given by Fred Gatewood, with USW Local 7655. The keynote speaker for the event was Bruce Haugsdahl, President of United Way of the Mid-South. He thanked the union members for all they do, and added that the campaign could not have been successful without their contributions.

Irvin Calliste, President of the AFL-CIO Labor Council said “everybody here knows what United Way is about. That’s why we’re here, to stand united. This is the best organization to give your money to in the world. Every one of you here probably knows someone who has benefited from the United Way.”

“It makes you more powerful, and you get more done when you come together,” Haugsdahl said. “You become greater than yourself. That’s why they call it a union. That’s why we call it United Way.”

Haugsdahl says that coming to Union Hall is always a pleasure, because of the people he gets to meet with there.

He invited everyone in attendance to participate in “Community Conversations” to help United Way better understand what local citizens see as the goals and challenges to making the Mid-South an even better place to work and live. (Read more about Community Conversations here.)

 “We need to bring our partners in the community together to address our area’s priority issues,” he said. “Labor plays a key part in that work to impact lives across the entire Mid-South.”

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