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EmblemHealth and LaborPress Recognize Leadership,
Contributions from 2018 Heroes of Labor Honorees

NEW YORK, NY (October 3, 2018) — To recognize the outstanding contributions of New York’s union members, EmblemHealth and LaborPress honored representatives from five of New York’s unions who demonstrated a long-standing dedication to the city and their work.

The 7th Annual Heroes of Labor Award ceremony recognizes the vital role of union workers in New York City. EmblemHealth, of the nation’s largest non-profit health plans with an 80-year legacy of serving hardworking New Yorkers, and LaborPress, the largest labor news network in New York, share a commitment to honoring and celebrating these unsung heroes and their efforts to protect and strengthen the city on behalf of millions.

“The strength of our city is a direct reflection of the commitment and dedication the hardworking men and women of New York show each day,” said EmblemHealth President and CEO Karen Ignagni. “EmblemHealth is proud to serve these individuals and their families through every life milestone and even more so to recognize this year’s honorees tonight.”

The 2018 honorees included:

Darrick Dahkim Gatling – Transport Workers Union (TWU), Local 100
Michael Hellstrom – Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Local 108
Erin Schneider – International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Local 831
Jean Souffrant – Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA)

Captain John Farima of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, after serving six years as Captains Representative on the board and with the department for more than 30 years.

“The Heroes of Labor Awards highlight the extraordinary contributions made by working men and women,” said LaborPress Publisher Neal Tepel. “Their actions illustrate the dedication of our union leadership and members, many of whom often go above and beyond the call of duty."

Presenters at the event include Neal Tepel, Labor Press; Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth; Mark Messier, former New York Rangers; Gary LaBarbera, President, Building & Construction Trades Council.


About EmblemHealth
EmblemHealth is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, with 3.1 million members and an 80-year legacy of serving New York’s communities. The company offers a full range of commercial and government-sponsored health plans to employers, individuals and families, as well as convenient community resources. As a market leader in value-based care, EmblemHealth partners with top doctors and hospitals to deliver quality, affordable care. For more information, visit emblemhealth.com.

About LaborPress
LaborPress is the largest labor news network in New York, reporting daily on stories affecting working New Yorkers. Thousands view their articles online, through E-News, in print and on video. The popular LaborPress Blue Collar Buzz radio show on AM970 continues to gain listenership. For more information, visit www.laborpress.org.

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