The Stand, WSLC win labor media honors

best-in-show-the-stand-2(Oct. 10, 2014) — The International Labor Communications Association announced Thursday that The Stand swept the 2014 ILCA Awards in its category for union websites, winning First Place awards 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, a service of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “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.”

The WSLC also won First Place for two videos produced by Communications Director Kathy Cummings: in the Education/Training category for “Weingarten Rights: Training for Shop Stewards,” which was produced with OPEIU Local 8, and “The Underground Economy and Wage Theft” for best Long Video. (Both are embedded below.)

And finally, the WSLC won its sixth First Place award for a direct mail piece designed by Groves entitled “Let’s Lose THEIR Baggage” in support of last year’s SeaTac Proposition 1.

Other labor organizations in Washington state that won 2014 ILCA Awards include:

Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 281st Place: Broadcast or Cable TV Programs, Our View, February 2014; 1st Place: Long Videos (> 5 min), “A Year of Bargaining: Evergreen team chronicles contract fight at critical stage;” 2nd Place: Broadcast or Cable TV Programs, Our View, August 2013; 3rd Place: General Excellence – Non-Periodical Publications, “Council 28 Action Agenda;” and 3rd Place: Best News, “Supreme Court asked to overturn ‘raw deals’ on pensions.”

UFCW Local 211st Place: Best Design Nonperiodical Publications, Stand Together – 2013 Contract Negotiations; and 3rd Place: Multimedia Campaign, “Stand Together — 2013 Grocery Store Workers Contract Negotiations Campaign.”

PTE Local 17 2nd Place: Best Design Magazines, Insight Magazine; and 3rd Place: General Excellence – Local & Regional Publications, Insight Magazine

Machinists (IAM) District 751 2nd Place: General Excellence – Blog, “Machinists News”

There were approximately 900 entries for the ILCA 2014 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 ilcaonline.org. (Full disclosure: The WSLC’s Kathy Cummings serves as ILCA President, but was not involved in the judging for this 2014 awards.)

Here are the WSLC’s two First Award-winning videos:


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