“Less confrontation and more collaboration” was the message Jeff Aboussie, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council delivered at the St. Louis Port Council’s 34th Annual Awards Dinner, April 26, where he received the Port Council’s Labor Man of the Year Award.
“This is no longer a ‘We’ll go it alone’ organization,” Aboussie said of the Building Trades. “In order to continue to serve our members and their families, we must join forces with our employers, community groups and our government leaders.
“Today, we don’t say to our employers, ‘We’re the union, hire us.’ Instead, we say, ‘Hire us because we have a real, tangible product: a skilled workforce whose productivity will beat anyone else and make you money.’ ”
Also honored were Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who received the Able Helmsman Award, and former St. Louis County Police Chief and current director of The BackStoppers Ron Battelle, who received the Management Man of the Year Award.
BackStoppers is a charitable organization that provides services and support to the families of police, fire fighters and EMS workers killed in the line of duty.
“By recognizing me, you also honor the BackStoppers and the memories of all the police, fire fighters and EMS officers whose lives were taken in the line of duty and their families,” Battelle said.
Koster, the 41st Attorney General of the State of Missouri and the favored Democratic candidate for Governor in 2016, has proved himself time and again to be a friend of labor and Missouri families and consumers by cracking down on violations of workers’ rights, aggressively protecting Missouri’s consumers against fraud – including mortgage-relief and debt-settlement scams – and supporting law enforcement in fighting the spread of methamphetamine and violent crime.