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Michigan Building Trades President receives George Meany Award

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The Boy Scouts of America, in partnership with the Michigan AFL-CIO, honored Steve Claywell, President of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council with the 2023 George Meany Award. Each year, the award is given to an individual in recognition for their service to both the labor movement and the youth in their communities by volunteering in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Steve is a member of IBEW Local 445.

The George Meany Award was established by the Boy Scouts of America and the National AFL-CIO in 1974 and recognizes outstanding union members for their service to their communities’ young people. Individuals are nominated by their Central Labor Council or State Federation and must exemplify the values of the Boy Scouts by upholding the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their communities, workplaces, and personal lives. Since its inception, only 2,500 union members have received this prestigious honor.

“The work the Boy Scouts of America does to educate today’s youth about career opportunities in the skilled trades could not be more important or more timely,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber. “As support for the labor movement experiences a historic resurgence in support across the nation, the Boy Scouts of America continues to invest in educating young people about careers in the skilled trades, and, in turn, helps grow the labor movement.”

The Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan’s largest labor organization, is a federation representing forty different labor organizations, eighteen different central labor councils, and eight constituency groups representing over 1 million union members and their families.