GWEND JOHNSON “RETIRES”:
There wasn’t an empty seat – or a dry eye – in the house at Gwend Johnson’s retirement party Friday night. A veritable Who’s Who of the DC labor movement turned out to wish the longtime CWA leader well – and share their memories of a long and rich career – after 39 years in a range of jobs from local steward to Director of the Human Rights Department. Johnson’s commitment and dedication were universally recognized and praised by leaders including former CWA President Morty Bahr, VP Bill Boarman, CBTU President Bill Lucy and Council President Jos Williams, who drew laughter and knowing nods when he described Johnson’s legendary tenacity and tough-mindedness, even, “or perhaps especially”, with her friends in the labor movement. “Gwend is the one you want behind you in a dark alley,” Williams said, “you know she’s got your back.” Like Williams, Lucy urged Johnson (left) to “enjoy a few days off” before getting to work for the Metro Council, where she continues to serve on the Executive Board.
– report/photo by Chris Garlock, Washington Labour Council (used by permission)