It’s Our 35th Anniversay
United Labor Agency held its Annual Fundraiser/Reception at Foxwoods on September 26 in conjunction with the CT AFL-CIO’s Convention. This year marks our 35th Anniversary and so the theme, naturally, was a birthday celebration with cakes and desserts and balloons.
The event also marked the retirement of John Olsen, as President of the CT AFL-CIO, and the installation of Lori Pelletier as its Chief Officer. Mr. Olsen served as president of the United Labor Agency Board of Directors for over 25 years and is a great advocate and mentor for the agency. His insight into community service programs, and his understanding of the labor movement, was a continuous source of strength for the board, executive directors, and staff. Mr. Olsen’s official retirement party will be held on November 1, at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, but he will remain President of the United Labor Agency Board through December when a new president will be elected.
Ted Kennedy, Jr., our surprise guest speaker, highlighted some of his personal experiences and memories of John’s years as President.
We are grateful for the great turnout of Connecticut’s Union Community; for their good wishes, donations and support, not only at our reception but throughout the year.
The reception provided a super medium to extend our appreciation to people who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the United Labor Agency. Amy Blackwood, Executive Director presented Certificates of Appreciation to:
The Greater Hartford Labor Council
The Greater Hartford Labor Council’s representatives, Peg Buchanan, President and Steve Ferucci, Secretary-Treasurer received a Certificate of Appreciation. The Labor Council has always provided both monetary and community support for ULA’s Hartford Office and shares its space with us at 22 Orange Street. The services ULA provides would not be possible without their help.
Gail Kinney has been influential in obtaining funding for Connecticut’s Green Jobs Initiative through the Southeastern CT Workforce Investment Board. The Initiative provides environmentally friendly training courses to union tradesmen.
Mel Olsson is a valuable consultant for ULA. Mel has worked on a variety of programs including Universal Healthcare, Union Mentoring and the Green Jobs Initiative. He has been a union advocate for his entire career and shares a wealth of information with members of the labor community.
Wayne Burgess and the Southeastern CT CLC received recognition for their work to benefit Connecticut’s workers and for their support of the Green Jobs Initiative.
We were pleased to welcome the CT AFL-CIO’s new labor leader, Ms. Lori Pelletier, who was elected to the top position on September 26, 2013, and installed with the new title of Executive Secretary-Treasurer. Ms. Pelletier is an advocate for ULA’s community services programs and has worked in the background to ensure funding for its initiatives. Her new role will certainly make her a more visible asset to the Mission of the Agency and to the entire Labor Community. Congratulations and best wishes to our new labor leader!