On Thursday, April 26, 2018, I attended an awards reception, sponsored by the Philadelphia Pubic Record, and held in the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on South Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, for five fine Labor leaders, a couple of whom I know-John Meyerson, Political Consultant for UFCW 1776; Reesa Kossoff, SEIU PA State Council; Ted Kirsch, President of the Pennsylvania AFT; Linda Fields, Senior Representative of District 1199C AFSCME (hospital and health care workers); and Esteban Vera Jr., Business Manager of Laborers Local 57.
On Friday, April 27, 2018, I attended the breakfast and discussion for Workers Memorial Day, again held at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall. This is an annual event sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health (PHILPOSH) to commemorate the lives of workers who were killed on the job, trying to make a living for themselves and their families. Present there were the families of those fallen workers trying to get by. Speakers there were Steve Leshinski, Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and radio Artists) in Philadelphia; Frank Goldstein, who retired from NBC 10 and active in IBEW Local 1241; and Frank Snyder, Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.