Union Advocate recognized for excellence in labor communications

ILCA-logoThe Union Advocate, official publication of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, received five awards in the International Labor Communications Association’s 2015 awards contest.

Competing among print and online publications produced by statewide and other labor organizations in the U.S. and Canada, The Advocate won the following awards:

  • First Place, Visual Communication Awards: Best Informational Graphic, for “Border Battle,” a November 2014 graphic comparing performances of governors in Minnesota and Wisconsin since the 2010 election.
  • First Place, Writing Awards: Saul Miller Awards / Organizing, for “Back to School, Union Strong,” an October 2014 report on historic union drives at two St. Paul charter schools.
  • First Place, Writing Awards: Saul Miller Awards / Political Action, for “Raising Wages for 350,000 Workers,” a May 2014 report on the broad coalition of unions and community groups that successfully lobbied to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage.
  • Third Place, Writing Awards: Best Labor History Story, for “A Model for Disaster,” a May 2014 analysis of NAFTA’s impact on workers locally and nationally over the last 30 years.
  • Third Place, Writing Awards: Best Profile, “Stopping the Presses,” a February 2014 feature story covering workers displaced by the Pioneer Press’ plant closing.

According to ILCA, award winners “represent some of the best and most inspired work in labor communications and are to be congratulated in promoting the highest standards of labor journalism.”

Minnesota-based AFSCME Council 5, the Minneapolis Labor Review newspaper and the University of Minnesota’s Labor Education Service, which publishes the labor-news website Workday Minnesota, also won awards this year. Click here for a list of winners from Minnesota.

The awards were presented at ILCA’s 60th Anniversary Convention Sept. 24-26 in Raleigh, NC. Read more about the convention on Workday Minnesota.

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