September 8, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Jamestown, New York, NY – Labor Day Weekend 2016 was the 37th annual celebration that honors Chautauqua County’s Workers, but this year was made even more special with the posthumous presentation of the prestigious George Ritzer Labor Award to the late Joe Sweeny (Pictured above/Photo Courtesy of the New York State United Teachers Union).
The Southern Tier Union Activist, a New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Board Member and former Dunkirk Teachers Association President, who was also a 38-year Social Studies Teacher, Sweeny was remembered by Union Leaders and Members on Sunday (September 4th) during a ceremony held at the Greater Jamestown Labor Day Festival in Bergman Park.
“This decision (to present Sweeny with the Ritzer Labor Award) was ‘actually made prior’ to his passing earlier this year in May,” Jamestown AFL-CIO Labor Council President David Wilkinson, who also serves as Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 106 in Jamestown, told WNYLaborToday.com.
“This guy ‘never stopped’ (giving his all to the Labor Movement) and he was a ‘wealth of information.’ He was a History Teacher and ‘our Labor Historian,’” Wilkinson (Pictured below in the middle next to Sweeny’s long-time companion, Mary Ellen Decker during ceremonies held at Bergman Park) told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. To read more click on the following link