Every Year, United Way partners with organized labor to select one of its own to receive the Joseph H. Mason Award. It honors the memory of Mr. Mason and what he did for our community.
The Joseph H. Mason Award: History and Background
Joe Mason was the Directing Business Representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 65, representing southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Joe’s reputation for standing up for the causes of labor most importantly impacting the day-to-day lives of working men and women of our area is well known. Joe was recognized nationally for serving as the first Co-Chair of the labor management committee, a locally initiated revolutionary approach to labor relations. A long-standing member of the United Way Board of Directors, Joe exemplified labor’s commitment to serving our community through his devotion to the United Way campaign.
After Joe’s passing on, the United Way Board of Directors created this award in recognition of labor’s critical contribution to the success of the United Way. What followed was 37 years of the United Way recognizing the critical role that local labor leaders play in serving our community, in addition to serving the interests of the union members they represent.
Click Here for an electronic nomination form. We ask your organization to select a representative that meets the criteria of outstanding volunteer service in our community. The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Labor Committee and past recipients of the award will review the nominations in June. The honoree will be recognized at the United Way Salute to Labor Dinner on Wednesday, August 19th. The dinner location is tbd.
To be considered, your nomination form must reach United Way of Southern Chautauqua County by Friday, June 26, 2020. If you have any questions, please call (716) 483-1561.
For tickets to the event, contact the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County or speak with your local union office, $50 per person.