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Two local union members receive George Meany Award

12.22.08

December 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Two local union members receive George Meany Award

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsswb@aol.com

REGION, December 3rd- Two local union members received the George Meany Scouting Award.
It is estimated that one out of every four top Boy Scout unit leaders, varsity scout teams and venturing crews in the United States is a union member. Thousands of other union members serve the youth through the Boy Scouts of America in local districts, councils and on the regional and national levels.

In recognition of their contributions, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in 1974 established the George Meany Award, in honor of the first AFL-CIO leader. The organization was created in 1953. The George Meany Award is the highest award that is bestowed upon a union member involved with the Boy Scouts of America. The recipients of the award is also recognized for their service to other community volunteer service activities.

Each local central labor council, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, invites all local unions to submit their candidates for the award. The central labor council makes the final selection of its recipients for the candidates submitted. The central labor council forwards the recipients completed application containing all appropriate information to the Boy Scouts of America to receive their award. Each central labor council is allowed to present one Meany Award annually.

Mike Caffrey, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 163 in Wilkes-Barre, and Dallas resident, received the award from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council in Luzerne County.

Jack Evanik, a member of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 645 in Scranton, and a resident of Dickson City, received the award from the Scranton Central Labor Union in Lackawanna County.