Union Advocate recognized in international Labor Media contest

Members of Teamsters Local 120 picketed the main gate at Marathon’s St. Paul Park refinery on Day 2 of their ULP strike.

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) announced winners of its annual Labor Media Awards last month, recognizing outstanding work published in 2021. The Saint Paul Union Advocate received a first-place award for photography and a third-place award for analysis.

ILCA’s awards contest is the largest competition exclusively for labor journalists, drawing thousands of entries that are judged by experts across the industry.

Union Advocate Editor Michael Moore’s photo won first place among entries from local, state and regional publications in the Visual Communications: Best Photograph category. The photo captures daybreak on the picket line outside St. Paul Park’s Marathon refinery on Day 2 of a five-month lockout.

The Advocate won third place among local, state and regional publications in the Writing: Best Analysis category for Moore’s article “Report: Union construction sites draw fewer safety violations,” published in December 2021.

The Union Advocate is the official publication of the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

The Minneapolis Labor Review, official publication of the Minneapolis Labor Federation, won three awards in the contest: second place for Best Photo Gallery, second place for Best Photograph and an honorable mention for Best News Writing.

“In this moment, the labor movement has seized the world’s attention through inspiring organizing campaigns at Starbucks, Amazon, REI, Delta, and more,” said ILCA President Chelsea Connor, director of communications for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “The stories that labor journalists and unions are telling are key components of this newly revitalized movement, and the ILCA Labor Media Awards recognize the important work our members are doing.”

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