JLC Presents 2013 Human Rights Award to Bob King, President of the UAW, and Chris Shelton, VP of the CWA District 1
(l-r) UFCW President Joe Hansen, JLC Acting Executive Director Rita Freedman, CWA President Larry Cohen, JLC President Stuart Appelbaum, CWA Vice President, District One, Chris Shelton, AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and past President, CWA, Morton Bahr. All photos by Photo Miller Photography.
In front of a capacity audience of labor and community activists, the Jewish Labor Committee awarded its Human Rights Award to two prominent union leaders, Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers, and Chris Shelton, Vice President, Communications Workers of America District 1.
Chaired by Jewish Labor Committee President Stuart Appelbaum – who is President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union – the JLC program heard recurrent themes in presentations by Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Joe Hansen, Chair of Change to Win and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Larry Cohen President of the Communications Workers of America, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers as well as the two honorees. Speaker after speaker focused clearly on the need for a large, active progressive coalition, with not only the labor movement but civil and human rights organizations, LGBT rights organizations, community activists and the progressive religious sector to work together as a unified, active force to combat the increasing inequality of wealth and power within the United States, and indeed around the world.