The American Labor Studies Center Announces The Recipients Of Its Annual Kate Mullany Medal: New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, NYSNA’s Albany Medical Center Chapter & Irish American Heritage Museum Director Elizabeth Stack
(TROY, NEW YORK) - The American Labor Studies Center (ALSC), which owns and is restoring the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, announced it will be awarding its highest award - the Kate Mullany Medal, to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, the Albany Medical Center Chapter of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and to Elizabeth Stack, Executive director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany.
The medal exemplifies the spirit of Mullany, a young Irish Immigrant, who formed and led the Nation's first bona fide all-Female Union, the Troy Collar Union, in 1864.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 at the Irish American Heritage Museum, located at 4 Quackenbush Square in Albany.
"All three medal winners have made important contributions to improve the lives of Working Families" ALSC Executive Director Paul Cole said.
"Tom DiNapoli's outstanding management of the New York State and Local Retirement System, as well as his advocacy for the rights of Workers are well known," Cole said. "Throughout his life in public service, he has been making government more transparent and accountable."
"Elizabeth Stack and the Irish American Heritage Museum have done a wonderful job highlighting the achievements of Mullany and her colleagues, most of whom were Irish Immigrants," Cole said.
The Mullany House includes a display entitled "The Irish and Labor" that was originally created by the museum.
"The members of the Albany Medical Center NYSNA affiliate are a modern-day example of the courage and determination of the Collar Laundry Union who conducted three successful strikes to gain a livable wage and safer working conditions in Troy's nineteenth century booming detachable collar and cuff industry," Cole noted.