Winners will be honored at a banquet Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.

Writing for Workday Minnesota, Mary Bellman won first place for best editorial or column for “In health care debate, don’t fall prey to the politics of exclusion.”

The Labor Education Service won first place in the education and training video category for “Minneapolis truckers make history,” an updated documentary about the 1934 Minneapolis Teamster strikes. Deborah Rosenstein was the producer. Randy Croce was the editor and camera operator for new footage. Learn more about the documentary at

Howard Kling of LES won second place for a long video, “U.S. labor education delegation to Vietnam” about a fact-finding trip by labor educators to that Asian nation.

The awards recognize the best communications work produced in 2009 by local unions, union councils, international unions and state and central labor bodies — in print, video, audio and on the web. New categories this year included communications work using social media.

Other Minnesota winners are:

• The Minneapolis Labor Review, edited by Steve Share, won second place for general excellence, competing against publications produced by state and central labor bodies.

• AFSCME Council 5’s newsletter, Stepping Up, edited by Michael Kuchta, won second place in the special Saul Miller Awards for a story about organizing, “Building Power: Local Leaders Go Out of Their Way to Re-Energize Workers.” Kuchta and Stepping Up also won third place in the best feature story and labor history categories.

• UFCW Local 789 (now UFCW Local 1189) won third place for general excellence for its newsletter, Insight, edited by Jennifer Christensen.

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