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Awards Banquet
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Grand River Center
Dubuque, Iowa
5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Dinner
7:30 p.m. - Awards Presentations
The Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council hosts an annual awards banquet to honor those that have demonstrated excellence in labor-management relations, cooperation and safety.
Nominees are also evaluated according to how well the committees, groups or individuals promote the core values of labor-management cooperation: trust, respect, open communication, mutual understanding, participation, responsibility, education, problem-solving and openness to change.
2016 Bob Bennett Good Faith Recipients
Craig Breitbach
Cedar Valley Steel, Inc.
Jim Flogel
Carpenters Local 678
2016 Great Job Honor Roll Recipients
Chad Heims
Tri-State Crane and Rigging & Operating Engineers
Local 234
Nathan Lucas
Tri-State Crane and Rigging & Operating Engineers
Local 234
Kurt Zirtzman
Cedar Valley Steel, Inc.
Ironworkers Local 89
2016 Labor-Management Community Service Award Recipient
Jim Lewis
Retired
Teamsters Local 421
2015 Labor-Management Partnership Award Recipients
Two organizations involved in a cooperative project are recognized by the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council as prime examples of union-employer partnerships in action.
Named to the Council's "Labor-Management Honor Roll" for 2015 are:
Bus Operators Labor Management Committee
City of Dubuque
Teamsters Local 120
Dubuque Electrical Joint Apprenticeship
& Training Committee

National Electrical Contractors Association
IBEW Local 704
Training Simulator
Rentech Nitrogen
UAW Local 1391
The Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council was formed to help unions and employers work together and to promote the principles of constructive labor relations. The awards program publicly recognizes and appreciates individuals (the "Great Job Honor Roll") and labor-management committees (the "Labor-Management Honor Roll") exemplifying one or more of the principles of collaboration in their daily work. These guiding principles are:
  1. Participation
  2. Openness to change
  3. Respect
  4. Communication
  5. Honesty
  6. Responsibility
  7. Trust
  8. Education
  9. Mutual Understanding
Please make a point of contacting or meeting with your labor-relations counterpart to consult about this sometime in the next few days. Together, please consider nominating one or more individuals or groups to be recognized at the Awards Banquet on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. Nominations are reviewed on their own merit and are not in "competition" with other nominations. The only "cost" associated with this is the banquet dinner tickets to be paid by the nominating employer and/or union.
Questions to ask yourself while evaluating potential nominations include:
  • How do the individuals (for example, a steward or supervisor) or labor-management committee help to maintain or improve the labor-management relationship in your workplace?
  • Do the individuals or committee exemplify one or more of the above principles in their daily work?
  • What accomplishments have been achieved in the recent past that one or more individuals/groups deserve recognition for?
Using one of the forms enclosed, please describe the reasons that the individual(s) or group you are nominating merit recognition. This may be what the committee, he or she has done on a specific project or task or what the committee, he or she does on a regular basis as part of their daily work.
Use concrete examples wherever possible. For committees or teams, please include the names and positions of all individuals involved, and a summary of the groupís efforts and accomplishments to date.
Examples of committees nominated in the past include: quality improvement committees, safety committees, employee assistance committees, health care/insurance committees, worker transition committees, training and education committees, task forces which implemented new products, services or processes, and standing labor-management committees which address workplace issues as they arise. Other groups may also qualify. If you wish, I can provide you with a poster you can put up which solicits recommendations from your employees and/or members.
Please note: There are separate forms for individuals ("Great Job Honor Roll") and committees ("Labor-Management Honor Roll"). Recommendations for nomination should be approved and processed through you, the organizationís representative to the Labor-Management Council. Contact Kelly Cooper at kellycooper@dalmc.net or at 582-8804 if you have any questions.
After nominations have been received, the Awards Committee will contact you to review your nomination with you and schedule a site visit to meet with committees that are nominated. Nominations of individuals are approved without a site visit. Thank you for your prompt and careful consideration.
Bob Bennett "Good Faith Award"
Bob Bennett is a retired Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service commissioner who served the Dubuque area for many years. Bob has outlined for us the meaning of "good faith" in labor relations.
"Good faith is demonstrated by earning the trust of others — establishing your integrity by keeping your word — keeping an open mind — and being patient as well as flexible. Having a desire to reach an accommodation that is best for all. Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself."
The award honors one individual connected with a union (labor) and one individual connected with an employer (management) for a particularly important endeavor or for their work over an extended period of time (e.g., a lifetime or career, or their tenure with a specific organization).
Anyone working at or retired from a place of employment with a collective bargaining agreement in Dubuque, JoDaviess or Grant Counties is eligible for nomination. Top executives, middle management and front-line employees (anyone) may be considered. Recipients are based on her or his example in:
  1. Practicing good faith in labor-management relations;
  2. Working for a better community.
Past recipients:
2015
Rick Ackley (A&G Electric)
Dave George (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 204)
2014
Dr. Liang Chee Wee (Northeast Iowa Community College)
John Rosenthal (Teamsters Local 120)
2013
John O'Connor (Kloeckner Metals)
Bruce Davis (UAW Local 94)
2012
Mary Lursen (UniServ)
Joe Hanson (John Deere)
2011
Tom Flynn (Flynn Ready-Mix Company)
Dan White (UAW Local 94)
2010
Dave Baker (Teamsters, Local 120)
Cindy Gunther (Alliant Energy)
2009
Bob Runde (Machinist Local 1238)
Ron Wiegman (John Deere Dubuque Works)
2008
Merle Duehr (United Steelworkers of America Local 1861-U)
Randy Peck (City of Dubuque)
2007
Dan Hammel (IBEW Local 704)
Jim Schrempf (John Deere Dubuque Works)
2006
Jim Feehan (United Steelworkers of America Local 1861-U)
Darlene Millard (Sunnycrest Manor)
2004
Nick Lucy (Communication Workers of America Local 7110)
Charles Naylor (FDL Foods)
2003
Jim Waller (United Auto Workers Local 940)
Joe Carew (Myers-Cox Company)
2002
Melvin Maas (United Food and Commercial Workers Local 150A)
Michael Stohlmeyer (John Deere Dubuque Works)
2001
Don Roby (Northeast Iowa Community College)
Bill Herrig (Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 66)
1999
Jan Hess (County of Dubuque)
Pat Dillon (United Auto Workers Local 94)
1998
Milt Avenarius (Paulson Electric Company)
Bill Delaney (Teamsters Local 421)
1997
Donald Meyers (United Food And Commercial Workers Local 150 A)
Ken Townsend (Barnstead/ Thermolyne Company)
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