Rep. Higgins to receive first Abe Breehey award

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Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY 27th)

U.S. congressman had strong ties with late IBB legislative director

U.S CONGRESSMAN BRIAN Higgins (D-NY 27th) will become the first recipient of the Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year award in recognition of his tireless work on behalf of working families. International President Newton B. Jones will present the award April 25th, during the 44th annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C.

IP Jones said the award carries added meaning for Boilermakers. “It embodies the spirit and determination of our late legislative director, Abe Breehey, who inspired us all with his boundless dedication to our members. It is fitting that Congressman Higgins, a long-time friend of Abe’s, and someone who shares the same passion for labor, will be the first recipient.”

Higgins and Breehey became good friends when the two men served together in the state capital of Albany said Political Director Bridget Martin. “Higgins was a member of the New York State Assembly and Abe a legislative aide. They remained friends after coming to D.C. The day after Abe’s untimely death from brain cancer on April 14, 2011, at age 34, Congressman Higgins rose to honor him in the U.S. House of Representatives. Higgins’ moving testimonial was read into the Congressional Record.”

Martin described Higgins as a strong labor advocate with a 100 percent labor voting record. “He has actively supported union priorities such as project labor agreements and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates, while opposing unfair trade agreements. He offers an eloquent voice for fairness, justice, and opportunity for every American.

“Abe would be proud of our choice for this year’s award.”

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V51N1
Published on the Web: February 16, 2012

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