We honor you, Lou Pardo, as an ideal
example of the Long Distance Runner. You have consistently followed
your ideals and ideas for decades. You have never faltered in
your belief in the progressive nature of the labor movement and
that coalition politics is the road to social change.
You worked as a Tool & Die Maker
from 1965 to 1985. You have been a member of the International
Association of Machinists since 1952, and you are now the Recording
Secretary of Lodge 113. You have been a delegate to the Chicago
Federation of Labor and a delegate to the AFL-CIO State Conventions.
You have Chaired your Lodge's Legislation and Safety and Health
committees and have been a member of the Machinists District
8 Senior Citizens Council.
You were the Chairman of CACOSH, the
Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Health and Safetyu, from
1977 to 1983. You were Treasurer of the 6th Congressional District
AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education in the campaigns of
Jimmy Carter and of Dee Clancy against Henry Hyde.
Besides the large amount of union work,
you have labored in the community. From 1984 - 1988, you coordinated
voter registration in the 37th Ward Harold Washington Campaign.
The 37th Ward was number one in voter registrations in 1986 -
Your voter registration efforts have
been recognized. In 1990, you were given the William C. Velasquez
Volunteer of the Year Award at the 8th Annual U.S. Hispanic Leadership
Conference. You have worked in the Midwest-Northeast Voter Registration
Education Project in Senator Miguel del Valle's district. This
project was a tremendous success, and on August 20, 1992, you
were the recipient of an award by the Illinois State Democratic
Convention for "historic efforts in registering thousands
of new Illinois voters".
You have been Vice President of the
Organization for a Better Austin, active in the Austin Community
Organization, a board member of the Northeast Austin Organization,
a board member of the Labor Coalition on Public Utilities, and
a charter member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
For your dedication to the cause of
working men and women, the Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael
Harrington Dinner Committee hereby proudly presents you with
its 1994 award.