Tenth Annual Labor Awards Online

LiUNA's Terry O’Sullivan will address the Labor Awards online


By Ray O’Hanlon

The extraordinary contribution of the Irish to the cause of labor in the United States will be marked and celebrated today, Friday, December 18, with the tenth annual Irish Labor Awards.

But unlike in years past, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards event will this time take place online and can be viewed at 1 p.m. eastern on Friday at

The work of union members representing Teamsters, firefighters, plumbers, teachers, carpenters, construction and service workers, among others, will be highlighted in what will be tenth annual awards held in association with LiUNA.

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Keynote speakers during the virtual gathering are Terry O’Sullivan, president of LiUNA, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and former Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD.

The awards gathering will honor six outstanding individuals from the labor movement who have made contributions to labor’s cause, this while honoring their Irish heritage.

The top award, Labor Leader of the Year for 2020, will be presented to Cleveland, Ohio-based Terry Joyce, Business Manager for Building Laborers Union Local 310, and President of the Cleveland Building Trade Council.

The other award winners are Kaitlin Shinney in Massachusetts, Eddie McWilliams, James O'Leary, Mark Collins and William Hennessey, all based in New York City and Long Island.