Heavy Hitters Celebrate DC Labor
Joslyn Williams, who is stepping down after 34 years as president of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, told nearly a thousand labor leaders, activists and elected officials at the annual Evening With Labor celebration that he will continue fighting for organized labor as he hands over his gavel.
McKinney produced a testimonial video, Joslyn N. Williams, Work in Progress: Standing Long. Standing Strong, featuring labor leaders both past and present paying tribute to Williams.
Tom Sherwood, NBC4 politics reporter, emceed the event. Part reunion and part awards dinner, guests mixed and mingled, at time threatening to turn the evening into a raucous caucus. Mayor Muriel Bowser led the tributes, saying, “I heard a rumor that Jos Williams is retiring, but I can’t believe it. I am so grateful to Jos for his leadership.”
Williams, who was presented with the JC Turner Award for Outstanding Trades Unionist—labor’s highest honor—received the evening’s accolades with appreciation, saying, “I am extraordinarily privileged to have worked with you. Over the years we have agreed and disagreed—we have seen setbacks and we have seen victories—and we have made a difference. We have organized the unorganized. We have rallied, we have blocked traffic, we have shut down bridges.” Read more about Evening With Labor here.