Joseph M. "Joe" Jacobs
You rightfully deserve the title presented
to you by the Illinois Labor History Society as the Dean of Labor
Lawyers. For 57 years you have been involved in many landmark
cases in the establishment and growth of U.S. labor law. You
have pioneered in fighting unrestrained employer aggression prior
to and after the passing of the National Labor Relations Act.
You have represented sharecroppers, sit-down strikers, union
organizing committees, and unions all over the country.
In Chicago, you have made your contribution
throughout the years to the Chicago Teachers Union in many, many
bargaining sessions. You have championed collective bargaining
for public employees. At the 1986 American Federations of Teachers
union convention, Mayor Harold Washington issued a proclamation
declaring July 6, 1986, Joseph M. Jacobs Day!
You are counsel for the Upholsterers Division of the United Steelworkers
of America union and participated in the merger arrangements
of the two unions. You and your firm are also counsel for many
Your activities are greatly appreciated
as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Labor
History Society, Honorary Fellow of the Truman Library, and Vice-President
of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Award
is presented to you in Chicago on this seventh day of May, 1988,
for your years of dedication in carying on the struggle for economic
and social justice in the important field of U.S. labor law.