Tarshea Smith, an organizer with Local 23 in Washington, D.C., found herself in the middle of a surprise awards show during a city-wide committee meeting in January.
At the sudden ceremony, Reverend Michael Livingston, the national policy director for Interfaith Worker Justice, presented her with the 2014 Workplace Leadership Award. Local 23 members were proud to join with Rev. Livingston and IWJ, long-time allies of UNITE HERE, to celebrate Tarshea’s award.
Tarshea had worked for Georgetown University Dining Services for 20 years before she became one of the first workers on the organizing committee. She helped lead her co-workers to win a union at their university in 2011.
Now an organizer, Tarshea remains guided by the statement, "faith without works is dead." Read the rest of her moving response on IWJ’s blog.