PALM & TRICON Annual Awards Dinner - Celebrating 30-years of Labor and Management Cooperation


Tri-County Construction Labor-Management Council (TRICON) and Peoria Area Labor Management (PALM) recognized several Peoria area union construction professionals and community members during their 27th Annual Awards Dinner, held Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Close to 200 people were in attendance to help celebrate 30-years of labor-management cooperation

This year's Building A Better Community Award” goes to the hard work, dedication, and vision of Mayor Dave Mingus, the East Peoria City Commissioners, and City Staff who have brought East Peoria's revitalization from a vision to a reality. Though sometimes not an easy task, these people make clear to potential developers the expectations and importance of using our highly trained and productive local workforce.

The new East Peoria downtown area now known as the Levee District, is coming out of the ground and on line as we speak. The new Bass Pro, Costco and Embassy Suites hotel have added excitement and style to the East Peoria experience. With so many projects being built right now, Target, the Clock Tower project, the new Holiday Inn to name a few, the Levee District is becoming a realization of the vision East Peoria’s leaders have worked towards for over a generation.

Senator Dave Koehler was presented with PALM’s “2013 Excellence in Labor-Management Cooperation Award.”This award is presented to an individual, labor-management team or organization that exemplifies cooperative labor-management relations and practices in central Illinois.The recipient is chosen for additional qualities, including collaborative spirit, community service, and respect for others.

Ginger Johnson, former Executive Director of TRICON, was recognized as the “2013 Construction Person of the Year.”This annual award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the union construction industry, especially by improving labor-management relationships. 

Superior craftsmanship is the signature of union construction.It represents expert skills, ongoing training, good work ethic, teamwork and commitment to quality.TRICON celebrates some of Central Illinois’ finest union workers with its “Craftsmanship Award.”The following were recipients of this award :

Dave Scheckler, IBEW Local #34 and Roy Keith Electric

Craig Stephens, Brick and Stone Mason Local and Summit Masonry

Dan Woosley, Carpenter’s Local #237 and PJ Hoerr

TRICON promotes safety within the union construction industry by recognizing workers each year who go above and beyond in their commitment to providing a safe working environment.The following individuals were presented with TRICON’s “Safety Award”:

Nate Brine, River City Construction

William Cinnamon, Operators Local 649

Kyle Eaton, PJ Hoerr

Kent Grigsby, River City Construction

Troy Wertz, PJ Hoerr

Roy Eash, Mid-Illinois Companies

Also honored with an "Award of Appreciation" was retiring IBEW #34 Business Manager, Mike Everett. Mr. Everett has been a member of the Board of Directors of both PALM and TRICON since 1988.  His tenure has spanned several quotes made famous like "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" and "Don't worry, be happy" and "Your Fired." Mr. Everett's leadership and community service will live on in Central Illinois for many years to come. If anyone has left a positive legacy for the union construction industry, it's Mike Everett.   TRICON Board members Meredith Booker (IBEW #34) and Mark Kawolsky (NECA) presented Mr. Everett with his appreciation award.

The Annual Awards Dinner featured Mr. Everett as the keynote speaker.Mr. Everett spoke to the theme of the evening, “Passing The Torch.”“Tonight is about one generation of leaders in labor-management relations and cooperation passing on the responsibilities, challenges and future opportunities to the next generation.”Mr. Everett recognized several past leaders in the union construction industry who were involved in passing this “torch” to him.He also included his appreciation for the “torch” carried by the recently resigned PALM and TRICON Executive Director, Ginger Johnson, for her 12 years of dedication to the union construction industry.“And now, as their [former leaders] ranks begin to thin, and their step begins to slow, they seek to pass the torch to a new generation.”He closed his comments with “We need to remember those that went before us.We need to appreciate those here tonight that proudly did their lap [with the torch].And, finally, we need to send a new generation forward with our best counsel and continuous prayers for their success.”

Pictured below: (left to right) Marty Helfers of WCIBCTC, Kiersten Sheets of PALM/TRICON, Ginger Johnson, and Dana Oaks of GPCSA

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