Its been many decades since the George Meany Award recognized a Chicago labor leader. The George Meany Award honors union members who have made a contribution to youth in their communities.
Were proud to announce that the drought has come to an end. On January 20th, 2015, Partner Michael Goldberg and his son Corey Goldberg had the pleasure of attending the award ceremony celebrating this years honoree, UA General President William P. Hite.
As a former Boy Scout and Sea Scout, Hite has been a personal friend of GWC for more than two decades. Fittingly, The Boy Scouts of America Chicago Council partnered with the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland to put together a prestigious event for Hite who is a native of the Chicago suburb Wheaton.
As President of the UA, Hite represents 370,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters throughout the US, Canada and Australia. The Celebration of Labor and Scouting Unity dinner drew over 650 labor officials, industry executives and civic leaders from all across the nation. We are proud to have attended this historic event.
The partnership between the nonprofit organizations seeks to address the industrys long-standing problem with recruitment in the construction sector. Nearly 1.6 million new skill workers are needed to replace the retiring workforce over the next decade.
Thanks to everyones participation more than $300,000 was raised for the event. These donations will help youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts and unions work together more closely to guide the next generation of the workforce.
Congratulations and well wishes to William Hite and his family!