NEW YORK, NY – October 18, 2023 – Recently, EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, and LaborPress, New York’s leading source for daily labor news and industry information, hosted their 11th Annual Heroes of Labor Awards. With an 80 year-legacy of serving New York communities, EmblemHealth has an unwavering dedication to caring for labor union members, working people, government, and municipal employees. This year’s celebration will honored the leadership of New York City’s unions and their invaluable contributions and sacrifices to keep our City moving, lights shining, and the vibrant culture of our metropolis alive.
“Union members keep our city running,” said Karen Ignagni, CEO of EmblemHealth. “Heroes of Labor is an opportunity to honor union leaders for their work every day to maintain and protect one of the most important cities in the world.”
EmblemHealth and LaborPress proudly honored four labor leaders this year who have contributed to the success and advancement of labor unions in New York City. They are:
- James Shillitto, President of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2
- Dean Devita, President of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers and Vice-President of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ
- John Jovic, Business Manager of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 12
- Tanya Hatcher, Vice President of Publicity and Community Relations SSEU Local 371
Heroes of Labor began in 2012 in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“All unions in New York City stand together as a force for good, united in our dedication to a thriving city. We are grateful to EmblemHealth for their unwavering support in our shared mission,” said James Shillitto, President of the Utility Workers of America, Local 1-2. “This award is a tribute to the hardworking members of Local 1-2 who work tirelessly to serve the people of New York City.”
“It is an honor to be recognized among these remarkable labor leaders, whose tireless efforts have contributed to the bedrock of our beloved city, even in its most challenging moments,” said Tanya Hatcher, Vice President of Publicity and Community Relations of SSEU local 371. “Thank you to EmblemHealth for the recognition and unwavering support of labor unions in New York City.”
EmblemHealth’s Heroes of Labor Awards is a tribute to the everyday champions of New York City. This event serves as a reminder of the unwavering resilience and dedication displayed by labor unions from diverse sectors throughout our beloved City. Their combined efforts serve as the heartbeat of New York City.
Watch the 2023 Heroes of Labor Awards Highlight video here.