IAM Communications Department Brings Home Labor Journalism Awards

The IAM Communications Department was honored for its outstanding communications work at the 2023 International Labor Communications Association’s (ILCA) bi-annual convention held in San Diego.

The ILCA supports labor communicators in North America and is an allied organization of the AFL-CIO. IAM Assistant Communications Director DeLane Adams serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the ILCA Executive Board.

The ILCA annual labor media contest is the largest competition exclusively for labor communicators. Thousands of entries that tell the story of the global labor movement were judged by experts across the industry. The 2023 and 2022 ILCA Labor Media Contest honored work from calendar years 2022 and 2021, respectively.

The awards are open to all ILCA member organizations. They are given in two classes: national/international unions, federations, councils, and allied organizations, and local/regional/state federations, central/area labor councils, and allied organizations. ILCA award categories are general excellence, visual communications, best multimedia campaign, writing, electronic media, best use of earned media, political action, and organizing. 

“Our members can tap into resources from the best communicators in the labor movement,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The work from our Communications Department helps us win at the negotiating table and helps grow our membership by supporting our organizing campaigns. This latest recognition is further evidence of the great job being done by Communications Director Jonathan Battaglia, Assistant Communications Director DeLane Adams and the entire Communications staff.” 

Awards received by the IAM:


First Place
General Excellence, Print Publication: IAM Journal  

First Place
General Excellence, Blog: IAM iMail

Second Place
Writing, Best Profile: IAM Member Travels Across World, Puts Life at Risk to Bring Aid to Ukrainian People

Second Place
Visual Communications, Best Illustration: Moral March on Washington

Second Place
Visual Communications, Best Design- Single Issue Publication: IAM 2023 Calendar


First Place
Visual Communications, Best Illustration: National Aviation Day
Visual Communications, Best Illustration: Local 701 Strike

Second Place
Visual Communications, Best Design in a Single-Issue Publication: IAM Eastern Territory Newsletter
General Excellence, Electronic Publication: IAM Month of Labor Toolkit

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