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Annual United Way “Bianco” Labor Award presented to UFCW Local 1776


JUNE 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Annual United Way “Bianco” Labor Award presented to UFCW Local 1776


REGION, June 1st- Walter Klepaski, the Wyoming Valley United Way American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Labor Liaison, the go-between the labor community and the community-based organization, told the newspaper the local labor movement has had a working partnership spaning for more than 60 years, with the organization and deserves to be recognized for it.

The United Way of Wyoming Valley in 1977 created a award to recognized financial and voluntary contributions of labor organizations and their members. Several years ago the award was named after the late labor leader Sam Bianco, who served as an active volunteer for the United Way for 55 years.

“I am happy to announce that this year’s award winner is the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776, who under the leadership of Michele Kessler, have a long history of supporting United Way and community services projects and activities,” stated Kerri Gallagher, a member of United Way Labor Participation Committee and a Staff Representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union District Council 87.

The UFCW allows a United Way representative to address their workforce requesting funds, which has increased five years in a row. Also, Local 1776 has produced the 5th highest number of labor leadership givers.