By JUSTINE WINNIE
SEATTLE (Mar. 29, 2013) — At last weekend’s AFL-CIO Western Regional Conference, Patty Rose was recognized for her years of dedicated community service as the recipient of the United Way’s 2013 Joseph A. Beirne Community Service Award. Rose serves President of the Pierce County Labor Community Services Agency, Secretary-Treasurer of the Pierce County Central Labor Council, and as Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
“I am very honored to receive the award,” Rose said. “I’d also recognize our delegates to the labor council. I have had their support for the 10 years I have served as the Secretary-Treasurer. Whether it’s raising money for the scholarship fund, or bringing a jar or two of union-made JIF peanut butter for the food drive — all right… 2,031 jars — I know I can always count on them for support of our community service projects.”
She added, “While my name appears on the award, it really acknowledges the efforts of the United Way and the Labor Community in Pierce County, and is a testament of what we can achieve when we work together.”
At last weekend’s conference, participants strategized about community collaboration, and Rose’s work as a leader in Pierce County was hailed as exemplifying the coalition-building, family values, and dedication of the labor movement.