HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — On behalf of PA Gov. Edward Rendell, Labor & Industry Secretary Stephen M. Schmerin today presented four companies, one each in Lehigh and Luzerne counties, and two in Lackawanna County, and unions, with the 2004 Governor’s Award for Labor-Management Cooperation, during two separate awards ceremonies.
The Governor’s Award for Labor-Management Cooperation is given to organizations that demonstrate exceptional, positive and productive labor- management relations.
Today the following companies and unions were honored:
— Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and the Lehigh Valley Building and ConstructionTrades Council, Allentown, Lehigh County.
— Scranton Cultural Center and the International Alliance of Theatricaland Stage Employees, Local 329, Scranton, Lackawanna County.
— General Dynamics Land Systems and the United Autoworkers, Local 1193,Scranton, Lackawanna County.
— The Greater Hazelton Health Alliance; Service Employees InternationalUnion (SEIU) District 1199-P; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 87; and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Healthcare, Local112, Hazelton, Luzerne County.
“I congratulate the company Alvin H. Butz Inc. and I congratulate the Lehigh Valley Building and Construction Trades Council for the efforts you have shown in labor-management cooperation,” Secretary Schmerin said during the first awards ceremony in Bethlehem. “This is a success story.”
During the second awards ceremony in Scranton, Secretary Schmerin presented three more awards.
“The Governor’s Award for Labor-Management Cooperation is given in 2004 to only six employers in Pennsylvania,” Secretary Schmerin said. “With over 195,000 employers, you the employees and management from the Scranton Cultural Center, The Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, and General Dynamics Land Systems should feel proud.”
The other two awards were presented to Colonial Metals Co. and United Steelworkers of America Local 1035 in Columbia, Lancaster County; and United Defense LP, Ground Systems Division and United Steelworkers of America Local 7687 in York County.