Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Plumbing Council of Chicagoland and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Chicago Area Council continue to work in tandem to launch the inaugural "Labor and Scouting" Dinner and George Meany Award Ceremony honoring UA General President William P. Hite on January 20, 2015 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers. This event, which is expected to draw over 3,000 local, national and international guests, will shine a spotlight on UA General President Hite’s ongoing support of the Boy Scouts and his nationally recognized “Veterans in Piping” initiative. It’s main goal is to develop a long-lasting cooperative relationship between the unionized construction trade industry and the Boy Scouts of America to inspire today’s youth into becoming tomorrow’s apprentices.

 Leading up to this historic event, a Gala Committee comprised of UA Business Managers, Chicago labor leaders and association industry executives assembled for the second time at the Plumbers Local 130 union hall in Chicago on October 21, 2014. UA International Representative Terrence Urbanek was also in attendance to offer his appreciation on behalf of UA General President Hite and to provide additional support to the Gala Committee. 

Back row standing from left: UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23 Business Manager Rick Beck; BSA volunteer Darryl Schellin; Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17 Business Manager Brian Glynn; UA Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Business Manager Dennis Fleming; BSA Sr. Development Director Joe Stocchero; UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172 Business Manager Kurt Meade; Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez; and Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Executive Director Dan Allen. Front row from left: PCA-PAMCANI-Plumbing Council Director of Communications Jeff Weiss; UA Executive Vice President Rick Terven; PCA-Plumbing Council-PAMCANI Executive Director S.J. Peters; BSA Development Director Anna Villarreal; UA Plumbers Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne; Plumbing Council Chairman Bob Melko; BSA Development Director Myriam Herrera; BSA Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana Director of Strategic Initiatives Drew Glassford; UA International Representative Terrence Urbanek; and BSA Development Director Dan Busby. Committee member in attendance but not pictured: National PHCC Executive Director Gerry Kennedy. Committee members not present: UA Pipefitters Local 597 Business Manager Jim Buchanan; Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades President Tom Villanova; UA Plumbers Local 75 Business Manager Steven Breitlow; MCA-Chicago Vice President Steve Lamb; Illinois Regional Insulation Contractors Association Executive Director Alec Rexroat; and BSA Northern Illinois STEM Marketing Director Nancy Elder.

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