Mary Fosse Receives Inaugural 'Labor Champion Award'

Everett Councilmember and union ally awarded trophy named after Rep. Sells

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.

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 10, 2023 at the Mike Sells Labor Champion Award Ceremony!


Media Coverage

https://www.thestand.org/2022/10/mike-sells-labor-champion-award-presented-to-mary-fosse/

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/everett-city-council-member-honored-by-local-labor-council/


Charlotte Murry, Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, Secretary Treasurer, and John Traynor, Political Director, IBEW Local 191.
Mary Fosse, Everett City Council Member, District 1, is announced as the award winner.
Dan Murphy, Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, Vice President, Mary Fosse, Everett City Council Member, District 1, and Rex Habner, Business Manager Financial/Secretary IBEW Local 77.
Rep. Mike Sells, Mary Fosse, Everett City Council Member, District 1, and Charlotte Murry, Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, Secretary Treasurer.
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