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“Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful” – Boy Scouts Honor “Good Scouts” of Labor at 31st Annual Labor Luncheon

October 18, 2016
By Silver Krieger

Gregory Floyd

New York, NY – The 31st Annual Labor Luncheon of the Boy Scouts of America was held on Thursday, October 2016, in midtown Manhattan, and two of New York’s labor leaders were on hand to accept their “Good Scouts” awards from a young Scout. Maf Misbah Uddin, Treasurer, DC 37 and President, Local 1407, and Marvin Holland, Political and Legislative Director, Transport Workers Union Local 100, were honored by the 106 year-old organization, one of the nation’s largest for youth development.

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, has helped over five million young people become “Prepared for Life,” and encourage them to develop “Core Values,” to be “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”

Scout speaker Thanddnes Palmer

The event began with a welcome to all by Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237. He was followed by the appearance of Boy Scout Thanddnes Palmer, of Troup 353 in Brooklyn, who led the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath, and Noonday Grace. Floyd then went on to say, “We are here to pay tribute to two labor leaders and to the scouts and families in the five boroughs, and to thank all for their generosity. Your support is making a real difference in the lives of young people at a very critical time in their lives and in the world. For 106 years, the Boy Scouts have provided a positive place for youths and their families…they help ordinary kids become extraordinary adults. When they think of the Boy Scouts, people think of campfires and uniforms, and maybe helping people across the street. They still do all those things, however, they are in the business of changing lives.”

Maf Misbah Uddin receives award from Thanddnes Palmer

Ethan Draddy, Scout Executive and CEO, Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, followed, saying, “Likely some of those here have kids that are Boy Scout members. We want to inspire our scouts to be labor members.” He thanked the Luncheon Chairmen: Gregory Floyd, Vincent Alvarez, President, NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Henry Garrido, Executive Director Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, James J. Claffey, Jr., President, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 1, Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers, and Gary LaBarbera, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York.


Marvin Holland receives award from Thanddnes Palme

Jarvin Holland. Noting that Holland is a Navy veteran, he thanked him for his service. He spoke about how together they had “put the TWU back on course,” since Samuelsen’s election in 2009, and of Holland’s crucial role in rebuilding the union, “to a high level political operation.” “Marvin,” he said, “embodies the ideals of scouting.” Holland began by thanking “the most important person in the room, my wife,” and also the Scouts, and Gregory Floyd, and his fellow honoree Uddin. He said that he and Uddin had been honored by the Black and Latino Caucus in Albany, and that Uddin then


John Samuelsen

recommended him to the Boy Scouts when he, Uddin, was called by them. Holland said that he’d read the story about one of the origins of the Scouts, when many years ago in London someone wanted to tip a youth, who then refused it and said, “I was just doing my job.” It made Holland think of “all the labor folks,” who do their jobs every day, and to who he offered a “shout out.” He also thanked Samuelsen, saying, “This is like a marriage coming to an end, as I am seeking a City Council seat in 2017. Hopefully, I won’t have to work too hard to get labor’s endorsement,” he joked. If elected, he “will continue to work for labor and organizations like the Boy Scouts.”ohn Samuelsen, President of TWU Local 100 and International Vice President, next introduced M

Floyd closed the event by thanking all for their support, noting that the luncheon had raised $95,000 for the Scouts.

October 18, 2016

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