The AFL-CIO, The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust And The American Labor Community To Host Reception Honoring The Life And Work Of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney

Media Advisory For Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jul 29, 2014, 10:15 ET from AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust:


  • Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
  • James Boland, President, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • Steve Coyle, Chief Executive Officer, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
  • Thomas P. O'Neill, III, Chief Executive Officer, O'Neill &Associates
  • Professor Richard Barnett, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Ulster

The AFL-CIO, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the American Labor community will host a reception to honor the life and work of John J. Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will present Mr. Sweeney with the George Meany-Lane Kirkland Worker Rights Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the University of Ulster will recognize him with the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) Global Peace and Social Justice Award in recognition of his work for peace and justice in Northern Ireland.   

Proceeds from the event will help endow the John J. Sweeney Scholarship at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in honor of his lifelong commitment to working people and the struggle for freedom in Northern Ireland. The scholarship is being created in conjunction with the newly endowed John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace at the University of Ulster.

The AFL-CIO will recognize Mr. Sweeney's lifelong advocacy for working Americans culminating with his work as the organization's President. At the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Mr. Sweeney chairs the HIT's board, and as a board member board since the HIT's inception, has contributed greatly to the success of the $4.7 billion fund. 

Wednesday July 30, 2014
Following a meeting of the AFL-CIO Executive Council
Reception 5:00-7:30 pm

815 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Media Contact:         
To RSVP or schedule interviews, contact Dottie Kyranos, 781-605-9263

SOURCE AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust