File #: 200686    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/3/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/10/2020
Title: Honoring the life and legacy of Philadelphia labor leader James Moran.
Sponsors: Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20068600, 2. Signature20068600
Honoring the life and legacy of Philadelphia labor leader James Moran.

WHEREAS, On Saturday, November 21, 2020 the City of Philadelphia and the labor movement lost a giant with the passing of James Moran at the age of 81; and

WHEREAS, Born in 1939 and raised in Kensington, Mr. Moran dedicated his life to fighting for the health and safety of working people. Mr. Moran was a lifelong union member in several unions including ACTWU, IUE, USWA, IBT, UAW, and CWA, and served as the Chairman of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Labor Party; and

WHEREAS, In 1975, Mr. Moran and his wife Aggie were instrumental in the founding of the Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH). PhilaPOSH was the second organization of its kind in the country dedicated to organizing workers around worker health and safety. PhilaPOSH's mission statement is "the prevention of injury, disease and death on the job through information, education, technical assistance and political action." For workers who don't belong to unions, PhilaPOSH is one of the only available resources for addressing health and safety issues; and

WHEREAS, For 25 years, Mr. Moran served as the Executive Director PhilaPOSH. After his retirement in 2005, he served as Director Emeritus until his passing. He was a progressive trade unionist who inspired labor leaders throughout the region to mobilize and organize their union members around health and safety; and

WHEREAS, In 1981, Mr. Moran successfully lobbied Philadelphia City Council to pass a Right-to-Know law that required companies to disclose if they were using certain toxic chemicals, despite fierce opposition from the chemical company Rohm & Haas. At the time, it was the strongest reporting law in the country; and

WHEREAS, In 2011, Jim was elected to the PhillyCAM board of directors. During his time on the board Jim was an advocate for the launch of WPPM 106.5 FM, a low power radio station as an opportunity to offer anot...

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