AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Honored at EJC’s 2015 Labor Day Breakfast
On September 22, the EJC celebrated the hard work of our volunteers, staff, Board of Directors, and supporters, in our 15th annual Labor Day Breakfast. The EJC was honored to have AFL-CIO President and long-time fighter for workers’ rights Richard Trumka was there to receive the EJC’s 2015 Champion of Justice Award. In a keynote address, President Trumka spoke about the EJC’s past work in passing groundbreaking wage theft legislation, and our continued work in legal services, expanding clinics into Maryland. “The goal is to be available and accessible where people live and where people work,” he said.
President Trumka then broadened his view, noting that inequality is increasing in America, making unions and workplace justice more important than ever. But because some political candidates focus more on racist invective than on fixing the problem, in many instances, the difficult task of reducing inequality and building worker power then falls to people and organizations at the grassroots level. “All across America the idea of collective action is growing,” he said, with grassroots efforts “getting workers paid and getting justice for a lot of people.” President Trumka thanked EJC’s supporters and staff for their efforts, and urged them to continue fighting for workplace justice.
In addition to the Champion of Justice Award for President Trumka, the EJC honored several other individuals and organizations this year at the Breakfast:
- Tammy Craig, Intake Volunteer of the Year
- Butsavage & Durkalski, P.C., Co-Counsel of the Year
- Injured Workers’ Advocates, Community Partner of the Year
- Patrick Riley, Advising Attorney of the Year
- Tomas Arevalo, Worker Activist of the Year