PHILADELPHIA – December 15, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) received the Bob Brady Working Class Hero award this weekend for his diligent work towards saving and growing jobs.

Farnese received the award during the 3rd Annual United Steelworkers (USW) Local 10-1 Jim McHugh Memorial Awards Night and Celebration Dinner.

“From the first time I met with President Jim Savage and his USW team I was struck by their desire to make sure the men and women working in South Philadelphia’s refinery were never forgotten,” Farnese said. “I’m honored to receive this award, and I was happy to stand then and now with USW Local 10-1.

“To me, the real heroes are our working families,” Farnese said.

“Selecting Sen. Farnese for our coveted Bob Brady Working Class Hero Award was an easy decision,” said Savage. “He is a champion for the brothers and sisters of the United Steelworkers Local 10-1. Time and time again he has made the right call and cast the right votes to make sure working families in South Philadelphia and across the commonwealth are supported and their hard fought collective bargaining agreements are protected.”

In addition to Farnese, the evening’s other award winners were:

  • Tom Conway Labor Ally Award: John Dougherty, business manager of IBEW Local 98
  • Barbara Rahke Community Ally Award: Estina Baker, PA state director of working America
  • Jim McHugh Memorial Health and Safety Activism Award: Jack McGinley, retired president of USW Local 10-1

The USW is North America’s largest industrial union, representing 850,000 workers in the metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and energy-producing industries. Local 10-1 is dedicated to improving jobs and building a better future for Philadelphia’s families.