EmblemHealth and LaborPress Presents: Heroes of Labor 2020 – COVID-19 Edition

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EmblemHealth and LaborPress are honored to present the 9th Annual Heroes of Labor Awards to individuals who go beyond the call of duty. In partnership with LaborPress, EmblemHealth will host a special series of events honoring heroes who helped lead, protect, rebuild and care for New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. We salute the unions who give their time and energy in an extraordinary manner to advocate for others, serve their community with compassion, strength of character, and bravery.

Register below today.



Thursday, November 12th at 2PM: Maintaining Our City

Honoring our union partners:

  • Kuba Brown, IUOE Local 94
  • Robert Troeller, IUOE Local 891
  • Shirley Aldebol, SEIU Local 32BJ
  • William Lynn, IUOE Local 30

Thursday, November 19th at 2PM: Protecting and Serving Our City

Honoring our union partners:

  • Andy Ansbro, IAFF Local 94
  • Faye Smyth, Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association
  • Jake Lemonda, IAFF Local 854
  • Oren Barzilay, Local 2507, DC 37
  • Vincent Variale, Local 3621, DC 37

Wednesday, December 2nd at 2PM: Safeguarding Our City

Honoring our union partners:

  • Judy Gonzalez, New York State Nurses Association
  • Frank Proscia, MD, Doctors Council
  • Carmen Charles, Local 420 DC 37 AFSCME


Location: A link will be provided for registrants to join our virtual events. Please note, if you are looking to attend multiple dates, you must register for each event.


Our event page will be updated for the remaining events. Please refer back accordingly. Thank you.