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Minnesota’s labor media win 15 awards from ILCA
Labor Review honored for general excellence, writing, design

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, November 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Minnesota’s labor media won 15 awards in the 2017 media contest organized by the International Labor Communications Association.
The annual awards recognized excellence in labor communications efforts in print, video, and electronic media produced in 2016.

Minnesota award-winners included AFSCME Council 5, the Minneapolis Labor Review newspaper, the St. Paul Union Advocate newspaper, and the University of Minnesota’s Labor Education Service.

The awards were presented in St. Louis October 20 at an ILCA conference preceding the national AFL-CIO convention.

The labor media contest welcomes entries from local unions, councils, regional and state federations, and international unions, who compete in different groups of similar scope and size.

Minnesota’s AFSCME Council 5 won two awards:

• First place for best feature story, for Lynette Kalsnes’ story “Plowing straight into a winter white-out: MnDOT drivers brave the ice, read the snow like tea leaves.”
• Second place for general excellence for Stepping Up, Council 5’s newsletter, edited by Lynette Kalsnes.

The Minneapolis Labor Review, published by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation and edited by Steve Share, won three awards:

• Second place for a special category of writing awards — the Saul Miller Awards — covering the subject of collective bargaining, for Steve Share’s July 29, 2016 story, “Day four of strike: Nurses highlighted violence they suffer on job.”

• Honorable mention for general excellence for a print publication produced by local, regional or state labor federations (November 18, 2016 and December 16, 2016 issues).

• Honorable mention for best design for a print publication produced by local, regional, or state unions or labor federations (for the November 18, 2016 issue).

The St. Paul Union Advocate, published by the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation and edited by Michael Moore, won two awards:

• Second place for best editorial or column, for Dave Kamper’s piece “Missed opportunity 50 years ago offers insight into labor’s current challenges.”

• Third place for best analysis, for Michael Moore’s story “Fight for $15 putting upward pressure where it’s needed on wages.”

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service won eight awards:

• First place for best issues advocacy video, “APWU Fighting for Justice,” by Howard Kling.

• First place for best longform video, “U.S. Labor Delegation to Vietnam 2016: Building Solidarity and Friendship,” by Howard Kling.

• First place for general excellence, for the Workday Minnesota labor news website (workdayminnesota.org), edited by Barb Kucera.

• First place for best series, for “Wage Theft,” a series of stories and videos by Barb Kucera, Howard Kling, Randy Croce, and Joey Getty.

• Second place for best issues/advocacy video, for the “Wage Theft” video collection, by Howard Kling and Randy Croce.

• Second place for best news video, for “$15/Hour – Now Voters Will Decide,” by Randy Croce.

• Third place for best news video, for “Minnesota Nurses Begin Open Ended Strike on Labor Day 2016,” by Howard Kling.

• Honorable mention for  best multimedia campaign, for the “Wage Theft” multi-media campaign, by Barb Kucera, Howard Kling, Randy Croce, Josh Keller, and Joey Getty.

For more information about ILCA, and to view some of the award-winning work, visit ilcaonline.org.

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