Labor Groups Treat Local Veterans To Cookout
The NEPA Labor Day Festival Committee and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (BWBLC) combined efforts to treat residents of the Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Community Living Center and other patients and staff to a special outdoor cookout recently. Union members volunteered their time and service for the second time this summer in appreciation of the service and sacrifices veterans made to the county. Joe Padavan, GWBLC president, and Patty Krushnowski, GWBLC vice president, who also serve as co-chairs of the NEPA Labor Day Festival Committee, said the proceeds from the annual NEPA Labor Day Festival are used toward the cookout and other veteran related activities. They thanked the veterans for their service to the county, the union members who volunteered to help at the cookout, and all the unions and members of the public who attended this year’s NEPA Labor Day Festival, which benefits veterans projects and activities. First row, from left, are veterans Joe Mashunas, Charles Anistranski and Derbert Dilbert. Second row: Joyce Emel, VA staff; Patty Krushnowski, GWBLC vice president; Jody Weinreich, regional director, Alliance for Retired Americans/Workers United, and Irv Weinrich, Workers United retiree. Third row: Joe Padavan, GWBLC president; Paul Auker, AFSCME Local 2605 retiree; Pat Auker, King’s College staff retiree, and Maureen Cook, VA Medical Center staff. Also participating was Walter Klepaski Jr., Laborers Local 130 retiree.