On the evening of Friday, May 8, Local 79 Business Manager received an award at the annual Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) gala. The award was given for Prohaska's contributions to the Latino community and to the Latino members of Local 79. Introduced to thunderous applause by LCLAA Executive Board Member and Local 79 Business Agent Louie Montalvo, Prohaska credited all the Latino members of Local 79 in his speech, saying he wished that they could all be at the event because the award truly belonged to them.
On the evening of Tuesday, December 2, Community Voices Heard (CVH) presented Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska with one of its Shirley Chisholm "Lights of Freedom" Awards at its annual gala. Other honorees receiving awards were NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Elias Foundation Founder and Director Jackie Mann. Rene Companioni, a member of CVH, a past participant in Local 79's "Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Program," and currently an apprentice at Local 79, presented the honor to Prohaska, thanking him and Local 79 for helping him to gain an understanding of the union, labor history, and the apprenticeship program. Prohaska spoke of the powerful [...]
On Wednesday evening, November 19, Make the Road New York presented Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska with one of its 2014 Dignity, Community & Power Awards at its annual gala. Joining him in receiving awards were United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Deborah Axt, the Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York gave the award to Prohaska after a warm introduction in which she talked about his progressive leadership of Local 79. In his speech, Prohaska spoke about how proud he was to be a laborer and emphasized that the award was not for him, but for the members [...]