January 13, 2017
By Silver Krieger
New York, NY – LaborPress, Noticiero Univision, Manhattan News Network, Queens Latino Newspaper, and others, were honored on Wednesday, January 11th, at a breakfast held at the iconic Lindy’s restaurant in midtown Manhattan.
The event was a production of UNITE HERE! Local 100, which represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada in the hotel, gaming, food service, airport, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, and transportation industries. The journalists were hailed for their articles and news shows which have focused on the plight and gains of workers and drawn attention to vital issues affecting the working community.
In attendance were the honorees, members of the media, union leaders, as well as workers in the industry such as those from Carnegie Deli, which recently closed after eight decades as a New York landmark, laying off workers who had been there for twenty or thirty years. Leaders of UNITE HERE!, including Jose Maldonado, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 100, Dennis Diaz, Organizing Director, and Sussie Lozada, Community Organizing and Political Director, were on hand to congratulate the honorees.
Maldonado began by thanking the workers at Lindy’s, saying “This is a union restaurant.” He said, “I came up from the rank and file. I was a grill cook. I know what it is to wash dishes!” He then, along with Lozada, presented each recipient with a framed plaque thanking the journalist for her or his work.
LaborPress’ own Joe Maniscalco received his, which read, “Editor of the LaborPress.org, producer of ‘Blue Collar Buzz’ on AM 970 in appreciation of your 20 years focusing on the lives of working women and men in New York City and beyond and the commitment, hard work, energy and enthusiasm in keeping our communities informed.”
Maniscalco said, “It’s an honor to receive this award. It shows how important and vital independent journalism is. At LaborPress we’re going to continue doing what we do, writing these stories about everyday working people.”