June 13, 2016
By Silver Krieger
New York, NY – IUOE Local 94 held its annual Service Award ceremony Wednesday, June 8, in midtown Manhattan. Members with 25 years of service were presented with watches; 30-year members received key chains; 35-year members were awarded money clips; 40-year members received a ring; 45-year members received cufflinks.
Executive Board members Rocky Ferrigno(35 years); Tom Hart (30 years); and Kelly Ann Drummond (25 years) each received a plaque for special recognition.
Names were read out to a packed house and the recipients came up to the stage to claim their awards and share handshakes and hugs all around.
Eugene Walsh, a Property Manager, was honored for 50 years in the union. “This is quite the feat
– to be a member of the union for all these many years. I always enjoyed working in the field, and in the engine rooms – that’s how I started,” said Walsh.
Walsh was presented with a diamond-studded tie-tac.
President and Business Manager Kuba Brown, was honored for his 45 years of service. “To be honest, the years flew by” Brown told LaborPress. “I’ve got a family here. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve these guys.”
Howard Fox, a Senior Engineer, who among those honored for 40 years within the union, brought his wife to cheer him on. “I feel like I just started yesterday. I love every day. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Fox as he showed off his ring.
Tom Hart, Business Agent and Recording Secretary, a 30-year honoree, said the event is one of his favorite nights of the year. “It’s incredible. You see guys you haven’t seen for a long time. I remember when I was 24, 25 years old and looking up at everyone on these nights,” said Hart. “Now I’m the guy on the stage.”
Also honored for his 30 years was James Woolard. “I worked at the Rockefeller Group at the Time Life building for the last 25 years out of the 30,” said Woolard. “Before that, I was with Mobile Oil. I’ve got the 25 years award; now the thirty. I’m looking forward to 50,” he said.
Business Agent and Treasurer Kelly Ann Drummond a 25 year veteran of union called the event “awesome.”
“Coming from the trade as a helper – an apprentice – then being a mechanic, and an engineer, it’s really nice,” said Kelly, who also noted: “there are not that many women in the business.”
Following the formal ceremonies members and their guests were treated to a buffet, mingled with their union brothers and sisters, and their families.