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USW Union conducts annual O’Brien Legislative Dinner

06.03.13

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

USW Union conducts annual O’Brien Legislative Dinner

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 19th- The annual United Steelworkers of America (USW) Union Local 2599 Ed O’Brien Legislative Dinner was held on May 19th at the USW building on East Lehigh Street in Bethlehem.

Local 2599 is one of the largest labor organizations in the Lehigh Valley and once represented workers employed at Bethlehem Steel, the current site of the Sands Casino.

The annual dinner has been held since the 1960’s but was renamed to honor long-time USW member and officer Ed O’Brien in 2000.

Jerry Green, long-time President of Local 2599, welcomed the approximately 85 guest, which included active and retired union members, elected political officials, and political candidates.

Allentown Democratic Mayor Ed Pawlowski was guest speaker. Mr. Pawlowski is seeking another four-year term as Allentown Mayor and did not face an opponent in the recent election. His name has been mentioned for a possible run for Pennsylvania Governor in 2014.

Also attending was Keynote Speaker and former United States 17th Legislative District Congressman Tim Holden. Mr. Holden was defeated by fellow Democrat Matt Cartwright in the 2012 primary election. He served in congress from 1993 to 2013.

Mr. O’Brien was twice the Democratic party nominee for the United States House of Representatives 15th Legislative District seat. He was defeated by the Republican nominee. The seat is currently held by Republican Charlie Dent.

Mr. Green told the newspaper Ed O’Brien first joined the Union in 1964 and served in many positions both in the Lehigh Valley and with the International Union.

Ed O’Brien is now retired with his wife Shirley in Coaldale.