We’re excited to announce the honorees for our 37th Annual Awards Program, which will be held on November 12, 2021.
ANGELIC LOWE & TRACI GOLDSTEIN:
OUTSTANDING HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM AWARD
Angelic Lowe is the Health and Safety Awareness Educator for the Laborers District Council Benefits Funds. She is dedicated to serving their members and families. The focus of the program includes educational health and wellness of children and families, as it relates to nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental health awareness, and all aspects of safety. She also schedules and organize local union wellness visits consisting primarily of health screenings. She assists in conducting research to protect and improve the health and wellness of laborers and their families.
Traci M. Goldstein is the Health and Safety Awareness Educator for the Laborers District Council Benefits Funds. She has enjoyed five years in this role; however, she has worked for the LDC benefits funds for 18 years. At the beginning of her career at the LDC Education and Training Fund in 2003, she knew she would be a lifelong learner. Her passion for learning and helping others developed due to working in an environment of growth and accomplishment. Traci’s administrator, Mr. Alan Parham, her trustees, her father, Daniel Woodall, and her former supervisor, Pam Adams, all played pivotal roles in her professional development that led her to her current position.
MARK LYNCH: LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH & SAFETY AWARD
Mark Lynch is the Safety Coordinator for IBEW Local 98 and also chairs the Safety Committee of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council. Mark’s career with Local 98 began in 2004 when, at age 18, he began working in the field as a seasonal helper. He graduated Local 98’s college-accredited Apprentice Training Program in 2010. At age 25, he raised his ticket with Local 98. That same year, he served as an area foreman on the prestigious Temple University Science project, managing 25 Local 98 electricians. Nearly four years ago, Mark was promoted to Safety Coordinator for the union. He displayed his leadership skills at the outset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
MIKE WHITEKETTLE: LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH & SAFETY AWARD
Mike Whitekettle has spent the past 27 years as a member of Local 542 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Twenty-three of those years were spent working in the field on a variety of equipment including all types of cranes and dirt equipment.
For the past four years he has served as a Business Agent, first in Philadelphia County and he now oversees the 5 county area, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia counties. As Business Agent, Mike spearheads the Member Assistance Program (MAP), which is a team dedicated to helping members and their families in times of crisis. He has worked with the International Union to create the “It’s Time to Get Uncomfortable” program, which addresses issues including alcohol and drug addiction, mental illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and suicidal thoughts. The program is currently being used by all our locals throughout the United States and Canada.
COALITION FOR RESTAURANT SAFETY AND HEALTH (CRSH): SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The Coalition for Restaurant Safety & Health (CRSH) is a group of hospitality & food service workers, survivors, and allies who organize to achieve safer, harassment-free work cultures within our communities.
They envision a worker-led hospitality & food service industry that honors the dignity, humanity, and consent & boundaries of every worker in ways that aren’t possible within the current supremacist systems. Their vision is for workers to be empowered to act collectively to change workplaces and that patrons and allies are engaged in supporting workers, calling out toxic behaviors, and owning past harm(s).
CELESTE MONFORTON & JANE M. VON BERGEN: SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Celeste Monforton is director of the Beyond OSHA Project and lecturer at Texas State University. A sought-after national media commentator, she is the co-author (with Jane M. Von Bergen) of On the Job (The New Press) and lives in San Marcos, Texas.
Jane M. Von Bergen is an award-winning reporter who covered labor for more than half of her thirty-five years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. The co-author (with Celeste Monforton) of On the Job (The New Press), she lives in Philadelphia.
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