United Way celebrates Organized Labor’s work to improve our community at awards dinner

Local labor organizations and volunteers were honored by United Way yesterday.

United Way celebrated the Annual Awards Dinner with the Memphis Labor Council at IBEW Local 474’s headquarters at 1870 Madison Avenue in Memphis, TN last night.

The evening included a dinner, a presentation of recognition plaques and an address from United Way of the Mid-South President Bryce Haugsdahl.

Bryce Haugsdahl (right) with Patricia Herron, Irvin Calliste, James Rivers, Trent Jackson, Kevin Bradshaw and Jeff Bell.

The evening started with opening remarks from Casel Jones, AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison at United Way of the Mid-South and an invocation from Fred Gatewood, USW Local 7655. Other speakers included Nakisha Coffey, Coordinator in United Way’s Community Impact department and a member of OPEIU, Local 2001 and Irvin Calliste, President, Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council and a member of the United Way Board of Directors.¬†Fellow United Way Board Member David Dortch, President of USW Local 9-0771 and United Way Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Alignment Regina Walker (who introduced Haugsdahl) were also present for the evening’s activities.

(From left) Casel Jones, Debra Wade, Bryce Haugsdahl, David Dortch and Regina Walker.

Haugshdahl spoke about the importance of local volunteers and labor organizations in United Way’s work to improve lives and impact local education, income and health issues. He also saluted the dedication of organized labor’s work for United Way through the decades, and recognized the important role unions play in educating their members about the needs of the local community.

A complete listing of the individuals and Labor organizations honored at last night’s dinner is available in this downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF document.

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