Three honored at council’s fifth annual awards dinner
By SHERI GASSAWAY
John Stiffler, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, is the new president of the St. Louis Port Council.
Stiffler, who had served as the council’s vice president for years, made the announcement during the council’s fifth annual golf tournament and awards dinner Sept. 21 at the Courses at Forest Park clubhouse.
Labor legend Jack Martorelli, longtime president of the council, died Aug. 27, 2020. He was a 53-year Operating Engineers Local 513 member, its president/business manager for 12 years and an IUOE International Representative for seven years.
“I would like to take this opportunity to raise our glass to our past president, Jack Martorelli, who was here two years ago at our last golf tournament,” said Stiffler, former business manager of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 1.
MARITIME TRADES AFFILIATE
The St. Louis Port Council is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department, which consists of 21 port and maritime councils and 22 international unions representing almost five million workers in the United States and Canada.
“We promote and protect workers’ rights, we work to assure that a rising tide lifts all boats, and we will all pull together to keep the American dream alive so working families can have the opportunity for a better life,” Stiffler said. “Tonight, we’re recognizing individuals who share the same high standards and compassionate ideals of our port council.
This year’s award-winners are:
- Jerry Donovan, former Insulators Local 1 business manager, named the Jack Martorelli Labor Man of the Year.
- John Orr, retired Elevator Constructors Local 3 business manager, received the Jack Martorelli Co-Labor Man of the Year award.
- Dan Walkenhorst, a workers’ compensation attorney, received the Able Helmsman award.