Cushing-Gavin Awards • 1967-2023
A salute to the labor-relations community in Massachusetts
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History of Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner
Perhaps the best-known single project of the Labor Guild is its annual award for outstanding service in the eastern Massachusetts labor relations community. The program was launched in 1967, largely at the prompting of the Guild Chaplain, Father Mortimer (Mort) Gavin, S.J. As a professional mediator, Fr. Mort understood the value of top-notch practitioners, so he created an awards program aimed to:
- provide well-deserved recognition to individual practitioners for excellence and singular service in labor-management affairs;
- offer both inspiration and education to the general labor-management community by showcasing outstanding contributors;
- bring greater visibility to the Guild and all its programs;
- nurture a more bipartisan atmosphere within the Labor Guild,
- contribute critical financial resources to support the Guild’s work.
Naming the Awards after Boston’s highly popular and respected Archbishop Richard Cushing was a natural choice, as he was the founder and an essential advocate for the Guild in the post-war years. The son of a Boston Elevated Railway blacksmith, Cushing worked as a janitor throughout his high school and college years. His working-class roots and life experience informed his long public record of advocating for a robust and responsible labor movement while being sensitive to the legitimate needs of the business community. His involvement in the early years of the Awards Dinner immediately afforded it substantial stature within the community. More telling of the Dinner’s long-term success was the spirit of mutuality he introduced at the first Awards Dinner.
That first dinner attracted over 700 people. Decades later, CGA Dinners still draw hundreds of guests. Yet, as Guild Chaplain Fr. Edward Boyle wrote in 1995: “Numbers alone cannot be the accurate gauge of what this event represents to the labor-management community. That can only be registered in the hearts and minds of those attending, and the fresh commitments and deepened sensitivities nurtured by this event.”
“We all tend to live in our own special isolation, building walls about ourselves, and considering only the problems that are closest to each of us individually. Tonight we sit together in a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood, recognizing that most of our difficulties we share with each other, most of our ideals we pursue together, and most of our progress will be made together or it will not be made at all.”
– Richard Cardinal Cushing, 1967
Recognizing Previous Cushing-Gavin Awardees
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|2010||Louis G. Rasetta, Int’l Union Of Operating Engineers, Local #4||Nancy Peace, Arbitrator Consultant||John Messervy, AIA, Partners Healthcare||Burton E. Rosenthal, Esq., Segal Roitman, LLP|
|2009||Martin Callaghan, Boston Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union Local #3||Suzanne M. Bump, MA Secretary Of Labor & Workplace Development||William F. Dowd, National Grid||James F. Grosso, Esq., O’Reilly, Grosso & Gross|
|2008||Rocio Saenz, SEIU #615||Robert B. Mckersie, MIT/Sloan School Of Management||Robert J. Lewis, Boston College||Joseph G. Sandulli, Esq., Sandulli Grace, P.C.|
|2007||Michael Monahan, IBEW #L03||Edward J. Boyle, S.J., Archdiocean Labor Guild||Diane Crimmins, Town Of Belmont||Philip G. Boyle, Esq., Morgan, Brown & Joy|
|2006||Jay Hurley, Iron Workers #7||L. Christine Oliver, MD, OSH, MGH||Frederick A. Laskey, MWRA||Ira Sills, Esq., Segal, Roitman & Coleman|
|2005||Kathleen Kelley, AFT||Lawrence Holden, Arbitrator||Joanne Salines, Partners Healthcare||Paul Kingston, Esq., Rubin & Rudman|
|2004||Kevin Cotter, Plumbers #12||John Coughlin, Blue Cross/Blue Shield||Patricia Day, Massport||E. David Wanger, Esq., Angoff, Goldman, et al.|
|2003||Robert Banks, Ironworkers #7||David Grafton, OSHA||Virginia Tisei, Boston Schools||John O’Reilly, III, O’Reilly Grosso & Gross|
|2002||Kathleen A. Casavant, Mass. AFL-CIO||Joseph Kane, NLRB||Gregory Thornton Esq., Boston Globe||Alan J. Mcdonald, Esq., Mcdonald And Associates|
|2001||Paul Hannon, Steelworkers||Joan Dolan, Arbitrator||Richard Meyer, Massport||Nelson Ross, Esq., Ropes & Gray|
|2000||Chuck Monahan, IBEW #L03||Elaine Bernard, HTUP||Thomas J. Gunning, Building Trades Employers||Joanne Goldstein, Esq., General Counsel, UWUA|
|1999||Phillip Trombly, Brotherhood, UWUA||Susan R. Brown, Arbitrator||Kenneth Paradis, Bechtel/Parsons/Brinkerhof||Robert Holland, Esq., Deutsch, Williams, et al.|
|1998||William Ryan, IOUE #4||Thomas Kochan, MIT||Steven Grossman, Mass. Envelope||Wendy Bittner, Esq., Bittner Law|
|1997||Joseph Dart, Mass. Building Trades||Gerard Gomez, FMCS||Douglas Macdonaid, MWRA||Katherine Hesse, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, et al.|
|1996||Donald Wrightman, UWUA||Roberta Golick, Arbitrator||Timothy Manning, Harvard University||Paul Kelly, Esq., Segal, Roitman & Coleman|
|1995||John Phinney, UFCW #1445||Paul Mcdevitt, Modern Assistance||Theodore Brodie, N.E. Insulation||Michael Lehane, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, et al.|
|1994||Carol Knox, UAW Reg 9A||Edward F. Eagan, OSHA||David Perini, Perini Corporation||Donald J. Siegel, Esq., Segal, Roitman & Coleman|
|1993||Robert J. Haynes, Mass. AFL-CIO||R. Robert Rodwell, United Way||John J. Higgins, Boston Edison Company||Ellen C. Kearns, Esq., Kearns & Rubin|
|1992||Joseph Nigro, Boston Building Trades Council||Helen Moreschi, Mass. Department Of Industrial Accidents||Michael Metzler, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital||Warren Pyle, Esq., Angoff, Goldman, et al.|
|1991||James Grande, Operating Engineers, Apprentice Training Program||Diane Zaar Cochran, Board Of Conciliation And Arbitration||Jack Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy Company||William Joy, Sr., Esq., Morgan, Brown & Joy|
|1990||Robert Petronella, UFCW||Paul Eustace, Mass. Secretary Of Labor||John J. Cohane, Boston Gas Company||Augustus Camelio, Esq., AFSCME Council #93|
|1989||Kristine Rondeau, AFSCME||Michael F. Walsh, NLRB||John L. Ritchie, Trial Court||Arthur P. Murphy, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, et al.|
|1988||Thomas Mclntyre, Bricklayers International||John J. Martin, FMCS||Anthony Sapienza, Grieco Bros., Inc.||Arthur Flamm, Esq., Flamm & Birmingham|
|1987||Joseph Bonavita, AFSCME Council #93||Richard M. Reilly, AAA||Thomas Sullivan, Greater Boston PHCC||Allan W. Drachman, Esq., Deutsch, Williams, et al.|
|1986||James E. Mahoney, OPEIU Local #6||Arnold M. Zack, Arbitrator||John J. Manning, Boston Herald||Robert M. Segal, Esq., Segal, Roitman, & Coleman.|
|1985||Arthur Osborn, Mass. AFL-CIO||Sherman G. Sass, Martin E. Segal Co.||Paul F. Dempsey, Mass. Hospital Association||Alvin M. Glazerman, Esq., Edwards & Angell.|
|1984||Joseph Faherty, Utility Workers #387||Wilfrid Rodgers, The Boston Globe||William Vaughn, III, The Stop & Shop Company||Robert Manning, Esq., Angoff, Goldman, et al.|
|1983||Thomas Evers,State Building Trades||Robert J. Halloran, Blue Cross-Blue Shield||John R. Mckeon, State Office Employee Relations||Allan A. Tepper, Esq., Snyder, Tepper & Comen|
|1982||Michael Botelho, AFSCME Council #93||James Healy, Arbitrator, Harvard University||Harold Raybould, Quincy Market & Cold Storage||James Grady, Esq., Grady, Dumont & Dwyer|
|1981||Thomas Climo, Sugar Workers #166, Ila||Marcia Greenbaum, Arbitrator||Arthur Vershbow, Modern Die & Machine|
|1980||John A. Callahan, State AFL-CIO||John E. Higgins, Arbitrator||Malcolm Mackinnon, The Boston Globe|
|1979||John F. O’Malley, AFL-CIO Region 8||Robert Fuchs, NLRB||Bertram Creese, Leather Manufacturers Association|
|1978||Frank Every, Machinists Dist. Lodge #38||John T. Dunlop, Harvard University, Arbitrator||Thomas Gunning, Building Trades Employers|
|1977||Lawrence C. Sullivan, Boston Labor Council||Charles Myers, MIT Arbitrator||John Murphy Bird & Son Inc.|
|1976||Richard Coleman Esq., Segal, Roitman & Coleman||Richard Goggin, Federal Mediation Service||William O. Murdock, John Hancock|
|1975||Paul Mcnamara, United Transportation||John Church, AAA||Sheldon Appel, Perkit Box Company|
|1974||Joseph Stefani, Hotel & Restaurant Workers||William J. Fallen, Arbitrator||Peter Killelea, Boston Gas Company|
|1973||Erika Pinault, AFSCME||Howard Myers, Northeastern University||Thomas L.P. O’Donnell, Attorney, Arbitrator, Ropes & Gray|
|1972||Edward Moore, Paperworkers||Paul Mulkern, U.S. Department Of Labor||Thomas Cathcart, Eastern Gas & Fuel|
|1971||Clifton Caldwell, Meat Cutters||David Grodsky, State Med. & Council||E. Leonard Kane, Raytheon Company|
|1970||Fred Ramsey, Construction||Wendell Macdonaid, BLS-USDOL||Eugene Barnes, Boston Newspaper Publishers|
|1969||Thomas Owens, Brewery Workers||Joseph O’Donnell, Harvard, HTUP||Joel Leighton, Mass. AGC|
|1968||Val Murphy Utility Workers, Boston Labor Council||Donald White, Boston College, Arbitrator||David Fine, The Stop & Shop Companies|
|1967||Donn Berry, IBEW #103||Daniel Hurley, FMCS||John Hennessy, Boston Edison|