John Traynor Receives Second Annual 'Labor Champion Award'

Everett, WA, Oct. 10, 2023 — The big honor of the evening went to John Traynor, Legislative Director of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, who received the Mike Sells Labor Champion Award. Traynor is a phenomenal voice and labor advocate. A U.S. Army veteran and a longtime union man, his efforts and voice are invaluable to the labor community. Congratulations to John Traynor!

Two new awards were added to the annual dinner: the Affiliate Labor Champion Award and the Michael Boe Delegate Labor Champion Award. This year’s recipients were the International Association of Machinists 751 (award accepted by IAM 751 Union Representative Wes Heard) and John Klosterman, retired grocery shop steward from Teamsters Local 38, who spends his retired time volunteering and giving back to the community. Well deserved, all!

At this award celebration, United Way of Snohomish County partnered with the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council to encourage donations to the Hardship Fund (https://www.snolabor.org/hardship). This fund supports union members and families in time of need for groceries, gas, utility expenses, rent and much more. Thank you United Way of Snohomish County!

For more information contact the Labor Council at (425) 259-7922 or at snolabor@snolabor.org.


Thank you to all who attended and for your support in our efforts to improve the jobs and the lives of our region’s working families. We look forward to seeing you October 22, 2024 at the Mike Sells Labor Champion Award Ceremony!


Media Coverage

https://www.heraldnet.com/news/as-ferguson-runs-for-governor-he-touts-labor-bonafides-in-everett/

https://www.thestand.org/2023/10/snohomish-island-county-lc-celebrates-labor-champions/

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/snohomish-island-county-labor-council-honors-labor-leaders/

Representative April Berg (D), 44th District poses with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Mike Sells, Charlotte Murry, 2023 Labor Champion recipient John Traynor, and 2022 winner Megan Fosse.
April Sims, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Charlotte Murry, Secretary-Treasurer of the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council.
Megan Dunn, County Council District 2.
John Klosterman, left, retired grocery shop steward from Teamsters Local 38, Michael Boe Delegate Labor Champion 2023 recipient, and John Traynor, right, Legislative Director of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, who received the Mike Sells Labor Champion Award.
International Association of Machinists 751, Affiliates Labor Champion 2023 recipient.
Photos courtesy of Evan Caldwell