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PCCLC’s Rose Solidarity Award presented to Conway, Sides

TACOMA (Jan. 11, 2024) — The Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO honored two labor leaders with the annual Rose Solidarity Award during their recent holiday celebration. Washington State Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma) and Kirk Sides (SMART-TD/UTU Local 556) were presented the award for their tireless commitment to bettering the lives of the hard working men and women of Pierce County and Washington state.

“These union brothers deserve to be recognized and celebrated for their work,” said PCCLC President Vance Lelli. “Senator Conway has been a true friend, advisor and champion in Olympia for more than 31 years.”

(From left) Sen. Steve Conway, Patty Rose, Nathe Lawver, and Vance Lelli

Senator Conway worked for UFCW Local 81. As a state Representative and now Senator, Conway has maintained a 100 percent labor voting record.

Brother Sides has served on various committees and the executive board of the Pierce County Central Labor Council for more than a decade.

(From left) Nathe Lawver, Kirk Sides, and Vance Lelli

“Kirk is the brother you can count on,” Lelli said, “when we need an extra hand, Kirk selflessly gives of his time and talents.  He is a unionist through and through.”

The Rose Solidarity Award is named after Secretary Treasurer Emeritus Patty Rose. She served for more than two decades as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pierce County CLC.  The award honors acts of solidarity by individuals and groups in Pierce County.

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