The Northwest Ohio Labor Fest, Inc is a non-profit organization made up of local unions organized to celebrate Labor Day and give back to our community. The event this year was presented for the second consecutive year by Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer. It was estimated that over 5,000 union members and their families attended this year’s festival. The event included live bands, multiple climbing walls, face painters, a clown, a dunk tank, a tug-o-war, competition between union locals, and a number of other family friendly activities.
The labor festival brought together 31 unions from across the region. Among the participating unions were three from AFSMCE Council 8; Local 3794, Local 2415 and Local 2916. In addition to broad based support from labor, the festival had 56 community partners. Elected officials and local companies were also asked to contribute to a fundraiser to support the Lucas County Special Olympics.
The fundraiser raised $10,000 for the Lucas County Special Olympics. This non-profit was selected because AFSCME members provide transportation services for the Special Olympics, as well as work with individuals with disabilities to obtain employment and to undergo rehabilitation services. AFSCME Council 8 Staff Representative Adam Maguire notes that “Those that received services from the Lucas Board of Developmental Disabilities are being overlooked in our community by the state and federal government, and we need to make them a priority. ”
Other AFSCME members volunteered during the festival, and AFSCME Local 755 member Paul Drake received the Activist of the Year Award for his 18 years of service as a Special Olympics umpire. Paul’s passion for his volunteer work with the Special Olympics has taken him across the United States and even internationally as a volunteer umpire. Congratulations and thanks to Paul for his years of service!
AFSCME Council 8 would also like to thank the following union activists for their contribution to making the second annual Labor Fest a success.
Labor Fest Officers and Committee Chairs:
President: Chris Monaghan, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33
Secretary/Treasurer: Kate Jacob, AFL-CIO
Trustee: Donna Westrick, AFSCME Retiree
Trustee: Kris Schwarzkopf: Toledo Federation of Teachers
Trustee: Ramona Collins: AFSCME/OCSEA
Kids Activities: Rachael Lee, Teamsters Local 20
Food and Beverages: John Mickey, Insulators Local 45
Car Show and Tournaments: Ken Erdmann, IBEW Local 245
Sponsorship: Adam Maguire, AFSCME Council 8 and Dawn Christen, GTB&S Law Firm
Admissions: Corky Hymore, Teamsters Local 20 and Ramona Collins, AFSCME/OCSEA
Tents, Seating, and Trash: Norm Lewallen, Teamsters Local 20
From left to Right: Adam Maguire(Council 8 Staff Rep), Steve Mentrek (former Local 3794 member) , Paul Drake (Local 755) Sandy Coutcher (President of Local 3794)