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Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: John Ertl

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John Ertl believes he shares some of the characteristics that made Michael Weiner one of the great labor leaders of his time. 

“Its empathy is what it really boils down to,” Ertl said. “Being able to see one self and see the larger picture and understand the importance of fighting for something that’s worthwhile.”

One of five recipients of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, Ertl, like Weiner, is driven by compassion for working people and a passion for advocating for their rights.

Max Scherzer Joins Teleconference with High School Volunteers

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Max Scherzer told high school volunteers joining the monthly Action Team teleconference that his spirited play and dedication to the game are two traits he models after his former Detroit Tiger teammate, Torii Hunter. These same two traits can be found in Scherzer’s charitable work, too.

The 2013 Players Choice Award American League Outstanding Pitcher, who signed with the Washington Nationals this off-season following four seasons with the Tigers, is anxious to begin his first season with the defending NL East champions.

Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Joseph Landry

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Michael Weiner was known for his unending dedication to his family and employees’ workplace rights. It is that dedication that Joseph Landry, a recipient of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, hopes to replicate. 

“Michael’s concern for all workers and respect for the principles of collective bargaining are ideals that we share,” Landry said. “Michael’s kind demeanor and dedication to giving his all to the members are qualities to which I aspire.”

Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Akasha Perez

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Like the man in whose honor the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies was founded, Akasha Perez has a burning passion to support people who join together to represent themselves in the workplace.

“There is an African Proverb that says: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,’” Perez said recently. “This quote puts into words a principle that Michael Weiner embodied throughout his career: the power of collective action. I too believe that the best way to create change is through the empowerment of others.”

Steven Souza Inspires Action Team Captains in Monthly Conference Call

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With Spring Training finally sprung, Steven Souza used February’s monthly Action Team Conference Call to share his 2014 highlights and excitement for a new season.

But when the Mariners’ outfielder joined over 20 Action Team Captains from coast to coast the main topic on everyone’s minds was Souza’s no hitter-saving catch last September.

Bloomberg Joins IxDA to Honor Excellence in Interaction Design

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Bloomberg was honored to sponsor the 2015 Interaction Design Association’s (IxDA) awards ceremony and conference closing celebration last week at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The awards acknowledged breakthrough examples of interaction design over the past year. Winners were selected from over 300 submissions and a finalist pool of 72.

Michael Weiner Scholarship Winners Announced

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Besides his family, former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner was most passionate about employees’ workplace rights.

The employees he represented first as a union staff lawyer then general counsel and finally executive director happened to be professional baseball players, but Weiner felt strongly about all workers’ having a voice in the workplace.

Action Team Blog Series: The Most Important Ingredient For A Successful Action Team Event? Effort.

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My name is Margaret Gorman, and I'm an Action Team Captain at H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, Va. I was originally inspired to join the Action Team by my older brother, a former Captain who graduated in 2014. Now, I have been a part of the Action Team for three years. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me and the lessons I’ve learned will stay with me for my entire life.

For Two College Grads the Action Team Comes Full Circle

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Watching the Action Team at Queens Vocational High School help conduct an indoor baseball clinic last weekend evoked fond memories for two of the youth volunteer organization’s alumni who attended the event to help shoot a public service announcement.

“Now I’m seeing the direct path from the Action Team to what I am doing today. Everything just comes full circle,” said Neil Kirschling, a former West Deptford Action Team Captain and recent University of Delaware graduate.

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