Everett, WA, Oct. 25, 2022 — The Snohomish & Island County Labor Council presented the first annual Mike Sells Labor Champion Award to Mary Fosse at a ceremony held at the Edward D. Hansen Center in Everett. Some 250 union members, a dozen elected officials, and representatives from community, charitable and educational organizations were in attendance.
Fosse, an Everett City Council Member and candidate for a House seat from LD-38, District 2, has dedicated much of her career to public service, advocacy for women’s and workers’ rights, environmental activism and support for the mission of organized labor to lift up working families.
Calling the award “a great honor,” Fosse thanked the members of the Labor Council’s Nominating Committee and offered congratulations to the other candidates who were nominated for the award.
“I’m honored to receive this award,” Fosse said, “and proud to be following Rep. Sells, who has created a legacy of community service and advocacy for working families. He is a mentor and a friend, and it means so much to receive an award bearing his name.”
Fosse won the Rep. Sells seat in the Washington House in the November 2022 election.
The other nominees for the 2002 Labor Champion Award included Megan Dunn, Snohomish County Councilmember; David Simpson, Port of Everett Commissioner; Larry Brown, president of the Washington State Labor Council; the union activists who organized the Starbucks Workers United Union at Everett and Marysville stores; and the union nurses at Providence Hospital in Everett.
More information on the Hardship Fund can be found at https://www.snolabor.org/hardship
At this award celebration, United Way of Snohomish County partnered with the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council to encourage donations to the Hardship Fund. 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 Tami Lee, Labor Council Executive Administrator, at (425) 259-7922.
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 next year at the Mike Sells Labor Champion Award Ceremony!
Created by the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, the Mike Sells Labor Champion Award honors the legislator and former union teacher who served for 38 years as the Council’s Secretary-Treasurer and was elected nine times to the Washington House as a representative from the 38th Legislative District. Sells announced his retirement in 2022.
The Snohomish & Island County Labor Council includes 64 public- and private-sector unions representing 42,000 working families in the two counties and is dedicated to ensuring fair wages, economic justice and workplace safety for all workers in Western Washington.