WFSE/AFSCME Communications Committee joins labor transformation at labor communications convention



From left: Communications Committee members Rick Hertzog and Larry Flue, WFSE/AFSCME Public Affairs Director (and incoming ILCA VP) Tim Welch, WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich, Public Affairs Assistant Laura Reisdorph and WFSE/AFSCME VP Sue Henricksen at ILCA Convention Sept. 7 in Los Angeles.

From left: Communications Committee members Rick Hertzog and Larry Flue, WFSE/AFSCME Public Affairs Director (and incoming ILCA VP) Tim Welch, WFSE/AFSCME President Carol Dotlich, Public Affairs Assistant Laura Reisdorph and WFSE/AFSCME VP Sue Henricksen at ILCA Convention Sept. 7 in Los Angeles.

The Federation’s Communications Committee, led by President Carol Dotlich and Vice President Sue Henricksen, led a six-person delegation to last week’s convention of the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA), AFL-CIO, also meeting in Los Angeles.

The ILCA convention was devoted to successful worker center and community coalition communications efforts, like those for car washers in New York City, music video dancers in Hollywood and restaurant workers.

Elected to represent the Federation and AFSCME on the ILCA board in this cutting-edge transformation of the labor movement and related communications was Federation Public Affairs Director Tim Welch.

Kathy Cummings, the WSLC’s director of communications, was elected ILCA president.

The Federation’s Communications Committee-initiated video, digital and print communications won three ILCA Excellence in Labor Journalism Awards.

But all were moved by the prestigious Max Steinbock Award conferred on Michael Kuchta of AFSCME Minnesota Council 5, His 2012 story, “Vulnerable,” spotlighted the challenges faced by state developmentally disabled workers in the wake of a tragedy caused by budget cuts. It’s a story eerily similar to that facing SOLA and RHC workers in this state. To see his story: co5vulnerable Kuchta is no stranger to the Federation: as part of the 2011 ILCA Convention in Seattle, he wrote about the stripping of collective bargaining rights from information technology workers at Washington’s Consolidated Technology Services.

 

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