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President Short receives the 2003 Lew Wasserman ‘Spirit of Democracy’ Award

Photo caption: President Short receives the 2003 Lew Wasserman “Spirit of Democracy” Award.

For more than 60 years, Lew Wasserman wielded enormous influence on the studio system and the way movies were made.  He, more than anyone else, was responsible for setting the tone of mutual respect between management and unions that characterizes the industry.

But what has especially earned him the esteem of organized labor was his unbroken history of fair treatment and understanding of those who earn their living in the entertainment industry, and his belief in collective bargaining as the best way to protect the dignity of working men and women.  Organized labor is honored to associate this award with a man who was a loyal friend of working families throughout his life.

The recipients of the 2003 Lew Wasserman ‘Spirit of Democracy’ Award are labor’s friends, August Busch IV, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Thomas C. Short, who have worked to protect our democratic traditions and to encourage working families to capture their piece of the American Dream.

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