The Plumbing Council of Chicagoland and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Chicago Area Council continue to move forward 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, the first of its kind, is expected to attract thousands of local, national and international guests in an effort to rekindle a partnership between the scouts and the skilled labor community. Proceeds from the event will help fund BSA programs and activities designed to develop future union apprentice candidates to meet the growing demand for qualified workers in the construction trades.
Leading up to this historic event, a Gala Executive Committee comprised of UA Business Managers, Chicago labor leaders and association industry executives assembled for a third time on November 18, 2014. The meeting was hosted by the Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17 in Tinley Park, Illinois.
- To register for the event, visit www.chicagobsa.org/union.
- The ad submission deadline is December 8, 2014.
- Special hotel rate reservations need to be made by or before December 20, 2014.
Back row standing from left: UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23 Business Manager Rick Beck; Bob Lempa (retired owner of International Piping Systems and former PAMCANI Officer); BSA Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana Director of Strategic Initiatives Drew Glassford; BSA Sr. Development Director Joe Stocchero; BSA Development Director Dan Busby; PCA-Plumbing Council-PAMCANI Executive Director S.J. Peters; Illinois Regional Insulation Contractors Association Executive Director Alec Rexroat; Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Executive Director Dan Allen; BSA Northern Illinois STEM Marketing Director Nancy Elder; and PCA-PAMCANI-Plumbing Council Director of Communications Jeff Weiss. Front row from left: BSA Development Director Anna Villarreal; UA Pipefitters Local 597 Business Manager Jim Buchanan; Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades President Tom Villanova; Plumbing Council & Event Chairman Bob Melko; Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17 Business Manager Brian Glynn; Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17 Financial Secretary John Crinion; BSA Development Director Myriam Herrera; BSA volunteer Darryl Schellin; and Heat & Frost Insulators International General Secretary James “Bud” McCourt. Committee member in attendance but not pictured: National PHCC Executive Director Gerry Kennedy. Committee members not present: Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez; UA Plumbers Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne; UA Plumbers Local 75 Business Manager Steven Breitlow; UA Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Business Manager Dennis Fleming; UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172 Business Manager Kurt Meade; MCA-Chicago Vice President Steve Lamb; and UA International Representative Terrence Urbanek.