Annual Awards Banquet




 Check out the photos from the 41st Annual Awards Banquet!






Click on any image for the full photo album!



‌Report Back from the 40th Anniversary Banquet‌

Over 220 Labor Education Center supporters joined together to celebrate 40 years of thriving and surviving. It was a special thrill to recognize the organizing leaders from Bob's Tire, now of UFCW 328. We were also inspired by the strength and resilience of the Steelworkers 1357 of ATI in New Bedford who have been locked out by the company. President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Steven Tolman earned the Dubin award this year and we deeply appreciate all the ways that he supports labor education, and his ability to liven up a labor dinner! 

Thanks to everyone for all of you support, it was a successful fundraiser, but most important, a time to come together and honor leaders and activists as we continue to learn together, fight together, and raise up new leaders. Please visit our Facebook page to see 26 pictures of the event that were taken by one of our Labor Education Center Interns, Leo Asseph. Another awardee, Representative Tony Cabral, had a video snippet that we were not able to see at the dinner, which outlines the impact of the Workers' Education Program. 

We want to especially thank the following supporters, Pal List: Donald Rei,Friend List: Bronwen Zwirner, Ironworkers 37, Plymouth Bristol Central Labor Council and
Activist List: NALC 18, Patricia Haddad, UAW CAP Council, MCC (Bristol Community College Council) 

 Our  full list of banquet ad financial supporters includes, in no particular order: American Income Life, ATU International, ATU 174, ATU 1037, Bricklayers 3, Teamsters 59, Teamsters 251, Painters D.C. 35, Laborers 385, New England Carpenters, Greater SE Mass Labor Council, SE Mass Building Trades Council, UFCW 328, UFCW 1445, the labor programs at UMass Boston, Amherst and Lowell, UMD Faculty Federation, Steelworkers 1357,  AFT Massachusetts,  Community Economic Development Center, MassCOSH, WILD, AFL-CIO, Mass AFL-CIO, Lang, Xifaris, and Bullard, and the Dubin family.  Many, many other showed their support by buying tickets and all for participating in our event.  Thanks to you all.


 Arnold M. Dubin Labor Educatiuon Center Annual Awards Banquet

Welcome to our Awards Banquet page. Not only is our banquet our major fundraising event of the year, it also brings together our friends and our supporters. 

2015 is our 40th Anniversary Celebration!  This year, we will be honoring: Steven Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO; State Representative Antonio Cabral; and Bus Riders United Sigute "Siggy" Meilus.  The dinner will be held at Venus de Milo, 75 Grand Army Hwy, Swansea, MA, on Thursday, October 22 starting at 6:00 PM!


Our primary award is:

The Arnold M. Dubin Memorial Award

Arnold M. Dubin shared his passion for social justice with everyone he encountered. As a leader of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and as a leader of the Southeastern Massachusetts community he loved, he was an inspiration to union members and the labor movement as a whole. The Dubin MemorialAward bears witness to his spirited leadership, as it honors each year’s recipient.

Past Recipients of the Arnold M. Dubin Memorial Award

Gary Studds                                        US Congressman, Tenth District

Nicholas Roussos                                Manager, So. New England District Council, ILGWU

Diana Nunes                                       New England Regional Joint Board, ACTWU

Donald Walker                                    President, Southeastern Massachusetts University

Dr. Radovsky Radovsky                      ILGWU Union Health Center

George Ripley                                     Commissioner of Labor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Arthur R. Osborn                                President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Michael S. Dukakis                             Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Robert J. Haynes                                Secretary-Treasurer, Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Leo J. Purcell                                      President, Massachusetts Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO

John Kerry                                          US Senator, Massachusetts

Edward M. Kennedy                            US Senator, Massachusetts

James S. Braude                                 Tax Equity AKiance for Massachusetts

Barney Frank                                      US Congressman, Fourth District

Joseph Faherty                                   President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Founders of the Labor Education Center

Teresa Heinz                                       Chairperson, Heinz Family Philanthropies

Jim McGovern                                       US Congressman, Third District

Kathleen Casavant                              Secretary-Treasurer, Massachusetts AFL-CIO

William Delahunt                                 US Congressman

Joan Menard                                       State Senator

Marc Pacheco                                      State Senator

Mark Montigny                                     State Senator

Ed Clark                                              UNITE Executive Vice President

Stephen Lynch                                    US Congressman, Ninth District

John J. Sweeney                                  President, AFL ·CIO

Edward M. Lambert, Jr.                        Mayor of Fall River

Therese Murray                                    Massachusetts Senate President

Scott W. Lang                                      Mayor of New Bedford

Martha Coakley                                    Massachusetts Attorney General

Tim Murray                                            Lt. Governor of Massachusetts

Sandy Felder                                        Field Division Director, Strategic Campaigns Dept., AFL-CIO

Lawrence Hanley                                President, Amalgamated Transit Union

Elizabeth Warren                                US Senator, Massachusetts

Patrick J. O’Neill                                   Executive Vice President and Director of Organizing, UFCW