Keenan Service Award nominations open until May 16


The Guild is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for its annual service award, named in honor of the late Tom Keenan. Each year, the Keenan Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a Guild member. Nominations, which can be made by any member, are open until Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. EDT.

In determining a winner, the Guild’s Administrative Committee will seek the nominee who “has performed above and beyond the call of duty in service to the New York Local, and best exemplifies the ideals of a true labor leader, in the spirit of Tom Keenan.”

Nominations must adhere to the following guidelines:

* Nominations must be made by members in good standing and delivered by mail or email to Local Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely at the Newspaper Guild, 1500 Broadway, Suite 900, New York, NY, 10036, by May 16 at 6 p.m. EDT.

* Written nominations must be signed by the member(s) making the nomination. Emails must come from a verifiable email address belonging to the member making the nomination.

* No self-nominations, please.

This year’s prize will be presented at a general membership meeting later this year.

Keenan, who died in 2000, was Times Guild unit chair for seven terms, longer than anyone else, before joining the New York Guild’s staff in 1997 as a Local representative. He became ill with cancer shortly after coming to work for the union. He had also served on the Local’s Executive Committee for the second-longest period of any rank-and-file member in our 80-year history.

About a year before Keenan died, the Executive Committee created the Thomas M. Keenan Newspaper Guild of New York Service Award. It is presented each year to an active member, or a member who retired within the past year, who is nominated by at least one other active member. The Administrative Committee, which selects the winner, consists of the Local president, secretary-treasurer, chairperson, the three vice presidents and the Local’s representative on the TNG-CWA Executive Council.

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