IAM Communications Department Wins Labor Journalism Honors

The IAM Communications Department has been recognized as one of the best communications teams in the labor movement by winning eight awards in the International Labor Communications Association’s 2019 Labor Media Contest.

The annual ILCA Labor Media Awards Contest recognizes excellence among union publications, websites, film, video, and other media. It is the first and largest competition exclusively for labor journalists. The 2019 winners represent the best work in labor communications and promote the highest standards of labor journalism during the 2018 calendar year.

The department won awards in many different forms of media including video, photography, website design, visual communication graphics and print articles in the IAM Journal.

“I’m very proud of our Communications Department staff for their performance in this year’s ILCA awards,” said IAM Communications Director Bob Wood. “The competition is stiff—all the international unions recognize the importance of communications, and many of them are doing fantastic work. Amongst more than 600 entries, the work of our staff stood out in many facets, including writing, photography, video, and web and graphic design. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and talent of our staff.”

ILCA’s Saul Miller award highlights writing related to some of the key activities of unions: organizing, collective bargaining and political action. The awards honor the late Saul Miller, a director of the AFL-CIO Department of Information and a founder of ILCA.


Here are all the awards received by the IAM:

First Place

Writing – Saul Miller Awards – Collective Bargaining

Keeping Public Transit Public

Rich Luciani


Second Place

General Excellence – Single-Issue Publications

Benefits Brochure

Michelle Furman


Visual Communications – Best Informational Graphic

District Lodge 776 Banner

Michelle Furman


General Excellence – Website


Kiley Hernandez


Electronic Media – Best News Video

Missouri Defeats Prop A

Valana Cochran


Visual Communications – Best Photograph

MBTA Mechanic

Valana Cochran


Third Place

General Excellence – Single-Issue Publication

It’s Not Your Granddaddy’s Union Anymore

Michael Mancini, Michelle Furman


Honorable Mention

Writing – Saul Miller Awards – Collective Bargaining

People vs. Corporations

Andrew Hounshell





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