The United Steelworkers Press Association closed its 22nd biennial conference Saturday, June 28, with an annual awards presentation honoring the best work of local union newsletter editors, web masters and communicators.
Awards named for Raymond W. Pasnick, the former USW public relations director who convened the first USPA conference, and Michael R. Enos, the USW’s first web designer, were the highlights of the banquet, held in Las Vegas.
The Pasnick award is presented for editorial excellence in three circulation categories.
P.C. Choo, editor of the Steeldrum, published by Local 1998 in District 6, accepted the Pasnick award for publications with circulation over 2,000.
The Warren Steelworker, published by Local 1375 in District 1, won the Pasnick award for the circulation category of 1,000 to 2,000. The award was accepted by editor Ernie Galgozy.
The Pasnick award for circulations less than 1,000 went to 3657 Borders to Borders, published by Local 3657 in District 10. It was accepted by editor Danice Keller.
Local 3657 also won the Michael Enos Award for its web site, www.uswlocal3657.org. Keller and webmaster Doug Ward accepted the award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in local union Web site design.
A day earlier, during a conference luncheon, District 1 Director Dave McCall presented the USPA Howard McCartney award to Shirley Pasholk of Local 979 in District 1. McCartney was a union communicator during the early days of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a forerunner to the USW.
The McCartney award goes to a local union editor who is judged to have persevered with little or no budget, inadequate staff and other less than ideal conditions.