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UBC Plays Key Role in Savannah Labor Week Proclamation

Did you know that September 4-10 is officially Labor Week in the City of Savannah, Georgia? Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced the honor recently at Savannah’s August City Council meeting. He explained that it is a testament to the seven Local Unions who have served Savannah for more than 100 years: IATSE 320; IAM 23; IUOE 474, BBF 26, Carpenters 256, UA 188, and ILA 1414.

Group Photo, pictured left to right: Yvonne Brooks, Georgia AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer; Brett Hulme, SECRC Communications and Political Director; Meddy Settles, SECRC Council President and Business Manager of Savannah Carpenters Local 256; Carpenter apprentice Sean Presburg; Christi Hulme, President of the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council; Robert Jeffers, Millwright Local 2411 Business Agent; Carpenter apprentice Curtis Watson; Charlie Fleming, Georgia AFL-CIO President; and Wade Herring, candidate for Georgia Congressional District 1.

Mayor Johnson presents the proclamation placque to Savannah Regional Central Labor Council President Christi Hulme

Mayor Johnson presented a commemorative plaque to leaders of the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council along with a proclamation for Labor’s accomplishments and successes that all workers enjoy. In attendance were labor leaders from the Office & Professional Employees Union, Air Traffic Controllers, Iron Workers, Teamsters, Amalgamated Transit Union, International Longshoreman’s Association, Millwrights, Carpenters and the Georgia AFL-CIO.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Savannah Building Trades, and Savannah Regional Central Labor Council worked with the pro-labor mayor’s office to draft and enact the Labor Week proclamation.“It makes so much sense for the city of Savannah to have a partnership with the labor community,” Johnson said. “We will ensure, by working together, better pay, safer work, and benefit opportunities for the people of Savannah through apprenticeships and job-training programs that the affiliates represented here today already do so well.”

The Mayor also recognized two carpenter apprentices from Local 256 in attendance who are residents of Savannah and who worked on the new Enmarket Arena; the City’s largest capital project ever, as examples of the “Savannah First Initiative”. A feature story about how years of political and organizing efforts in Savannah eventually put 100+ union carpenters to work on the Arena project is featured in the latest issue of Carpenter Magazine. Read about this historic project by clicking here.

The mayor’s office has committed to issuing a Labor Week proclamation every year that Johnson is in office.