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The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council, The United Steelworkers & United Auto Workers Local 686 Union Member Jessie Jesson Among Those From Organized Labor Honored At The United Way Of Greater Niagara’s Annual Awards Breakfast Event

Published Thursday, April 7, 2011 3:30 pm
by Tom Campbell/Editor-Publisher
The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council, The United Steelworkers & United Auto Workers Local 686 Union Member Jessie Jesson Among Those From Organized Labor Honored At The United Way Of Greater Niagara’s Annual Awards Breakfast Event

WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President James Briggs (pictured on the right) and Niagara-Orleans CLC/United Way Labor Liaison Bill Jakobi (on the left) proudly display the Horizon Award the Council received from The United Way of Greater Niagara, which recognized Organized Labor for its community involvement across Niagara County.  (WNYLaborToday.com Photo)

 

(NIAGARA FALLS) – The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the United Steelworkers (USW) and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 686 Union Member Jessie Jesson were among those from Organized Labor who were honored today by the United Way of Greater Niagara for their community involvement at the United Way’s Annual Awards Event.

“Organized Labor plays a significant role in our communities and Labor has a sixty-five-year relationship with the United Way in Niagara County.  And, that relationship is strong,” said Bill Jakobi, United Way of Greater Niagara Labor Liaison for the Niagara-Orleans Central Labor Council, who also took time to recognize those Labor Leaders and Representatives who were part of the more than 300 that attended the United Way’s Breakfast Awards Ceremony.  Jakobi asked that all stand to be publicly recognized, which was met with a loud round of applause.

The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the United Steelworkers (USW), meanwhile, received the United Way’s Horizon Award for its community involvement in Niagara County.  The Award carried an inscription on the plaque that was presented to the Niagara-Orleans Council and the USW, which read: For Your Commitment To The United Way Of Greater Niagara During the 2010 Campaign To Make Niagara County A Better Place.

In addition, UAW Union Member Jesson received the Labor Community Service Award for helping raise donations for the 2010 United Way Fundraising Campaign at her place of employment, General Motors Components Holdings in Lockport.

“I want to thank GM Components Holdings, all of my fellow Union Members (at the company) and everyone here today for what you do.  The United Way of Niagara is a great organization,” Jesson said after she was presented the Labor Community Service Award by Jakobi and Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President James Briggs, who also serves as a Staff Representative for United Steelworkers District 4.

UAW Local 686 Amalgamated President Paul Entwistle was also recognized for the role he played as one of four co-chairs of the United Way of Greater Niagara’s 2010 Fundraising Drive, which raised $1.4 million.  Entwistle also took time while at the podium to praise Organized Labor and its Members in Niagara County for “what it does.”

Also in attendance representing Organized Labor in Niagara County were representatives of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1117 and Local 1117 President Greg Chenez, UAW Local 686, and several Executive Board Members of the Niagara-Orleans Central Labor Council, including: President Briggs; former President Anna Horton (of Civil Service Employees Association Local 832); Secretary/Treasurer Rick Williams of USW Local 9434; Daria Sterner, Mark Hewitt of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 237; and Niagara County Labor Communicator and former Niagara-Orleans Central Labor Council United Way Labor Liaison Earl Frampton (a CWA Local 1117 Retiree).  Chenez, Entwistle and Sterner also serve as United Way of Greater Niagara Board Members.

In addition, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Labor Liaison Robert Butski was also a guest of the Council at its table.

United Way of Greater Niagara President Carol Houwaart-Diez served as mistress of ceremonies and both thanked and praised all who played such a major role in allowing the United Way’s 2010 Fundraising Campaign achieve such great success.

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