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The Stand, WSLC win labor media honors

The International Labor Communications Association announced Thursday that The Stand swept the 2012 ILCA Awards in its category for union websites, winning First Awards honors for Best Content, Best Design and General Excellence. The ILCA is the professional organization for union communicators in North America with several hundred member organizations with a total circulation in the tens of millions.

“On behalf of the entire staff here, I want to thank the ILCA for this recognition of our work,” said David Groves, Editor of The Stand.  “But it’s been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise. We considered it a challenge before the whole human race, and we weren’t gonna lose.”

Kathy Cummings, Communications Director of the Washington State Labor Council, also won a First Award for Best Education and Training Video for “TAA Benefits: Getting You Back to Work;” and a Third Award for Best Long Promo/Public Relations for “Washington’s Aerospace Advantage.”

Other labor communicators in Washington state who won 2012 ILCA Awards include:

WFSE/AFSCME 28 — First Award: Chuck Bolland and Tim Welch for Best Broadcast or Cable TV Program, Our View;  First Award: Tim Welch and Laura Reisdorph for General Excellence in a Blog, the Federation Hotline;  First Award: Tim Welch and Laura Reisdorph for Best Political Action Story, “Special Session II: Cut Tax Breaks to Raise Revenue;” First Award: Tim Welch for Best Labor History Story, “Norm Schut, Pioneering WFSE Executive Director;” and Second Award: Laura Reisdorph and Pam Carl for General Excellence in Non-Periodicals for their VMO organizers brochure.

IAM District 751 — Second Award: Bryan Corliss and Ed Lutgen for Best Use of Social Media for this YouTube channel; Second Award: Bryan Corliss and Ed Lutgen for Best News Story, “Documents confirm Boeing broke law; pursued riskiest choice” in the Aero Mechanic; Third Award: Tom Wroblewski for Best Editorial Column, “The Truth About the NLRB Case;” and Third Award: David Kelliher for Best Informational Graphic, “The Long and Winding Road to Health and Benefits.”

PTE 17 — Third Award: Taryn Gerhardt for General Excellence with Local 17’s Insight newsletter.

There were approximately 900 entries for the ILCA 2012 Awards, from international unions, district councils, local unions, AFL-CIO State Federations and Central Labor Councils, and other labor organizations. The ILCA presents the only national media awards for labor, but you must be a member of the organization to be considered. For more information about membership in the ILCA, visit

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