By Staff Writer
August 2009 saw the birth of the now infamous labor news publication, LaborPress. This initiative was started by Neal Tepel in an effort to provide a media source for unions and workers alike. Today, LaborPress stands as New York’s largest provider of labor news.
As their readership continues to expand, they enjoy their association with government officials and legislators, union officers, rank and file, newspaper reporters and other news organizations, as well as community and business leaders.
LaborPress, on Thursday, June 06, 2019, held its annual Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award ceremony, recognizing the hard work and determination of New York’s union construction workers. The award ceremony was held at District Council 1707 AFSCME in Manhattan and it was well attended by union representatives, families of the awardees and well-wishers. The momentous occasion was hosted by Bronx Councilman Andy King; his wife Neva Shillingford-King presented the awards.
Whether you lay a brick, use a hammer or install pipes, the input of construction workers goes a long way. They are very hard workers and can sometimes be unnoticed. Therefore, the initiative taken on by LaborPress to recognize and award these workers for their outstanding performance in the Apprenticeship Training Program, is certainly a positive step.
According to LaborPress, “Apprenticeship training programs attract men and women from all walks of life, across many stages of life. Apprenticeships change lives. They inspire big dreams, help build strong families, and unlock untapped human potential.”
Apprenticeship Training Program
As a result of the Apprenticeship Training Program, New York’s construction field will see an increase in safer working environments. The program gives a sense of empowerment to workers. They are reassured that they have a strong union on their side, and they are not alone on the job site. For these unionized apprentices, gone are the days when being quick, is more important than being safe. They are now equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a safe environment for all.
The following apprentices were the recipients of awards:
Matt Bargellini – Union Member of UA Steamfitters Local 638
Mario Bertorelli – Union Member of Ironworkers Local 46
Douglas Contreras – Union Member of DC 16 Local 6A Cement and Concrete Workers
Charles Farrell – Union Member of IUOE Local 30
Thomas Foley Jr. – Union Member of Ironworkers Local 197
Catherine Gibbons – Union Member of UA Plumbers Local 1
Sophia Hedderman – Union Member of NYC District Council of Carpenters Local 157
Brian Lanasa – Union Member of IUOE Local 14
Eric Medina – Union Member of IUOE Local 94
Barry Mullen – Union Member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 7
Thomas Pendolino – Union Member of SMART Local 137
Bryan Peterson – Union Member of IUOE Local 15
Daniel Rosario – Union Member of Laborers’ DC 16 Local 18A, Cement and Concrete Workers
Jeancarlos Sepulveda – Union Member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1
Kamil Szwed – Union Member of Laborers’ DC 16 Local 20 Cement and Concrete Workers
Khalil Vasquez – Union Member of Laborers’ Local 79
John Zhang – Union Member of SMART Local 28
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