IP Bryant Honored by Western Maine Labor Council for Advancement of Workers’ Rights

The Western Maine Labor Council recently held its 18th Annual Workers Memorial Day/International Workers’ Day ceremony to commemorate and honor Mainers who have died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year. The event also featured an awards presentation to individuals who have worked towards the advancement of working families.

During the ceremony, IAM International President Brian Bryant, a Maine native, was presented with the prestigious Frances Perkins Award for his unwavering commitment to advancing workers’ rights through his outstanding leadership. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the lives of workers through public policy or public service. 

In his acceptance speech, Bryant expressed his gratitude and recounted his lifelong dedication to the labor movement, highlighting his experience in negotiating contracts, organizing strikes, and fighting political battles. 

“The most solemn pledge we all make is to do everything we can to keep our members safe and to make sure that a mother or father goes home to their children safe,” said Bryant. “I know you all join me in wishing for a day when every worker returns home safe every day. With all of us standing together and with the rejuvenated labor movement we’re seeing today, everything is possible.”

Bryant’s involvement in the labor movement spans over 30 years, during which he joined IAM Local S6 in 1989 as a pipefitter employed at Bath Iron Works in Bath. On Jan. 1, 2024, he became the 15th IAM International President, continuing his tireless efforts to serve and improve the lives of working people.

Other awardees included Western Maine Transportation Services Lewiston-Auburn bus drivers with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 714 and IBEW 567 Treasurer and Former President Allan Shepard.

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