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Nelson Receives CWA Award from AFM President Hair


In December, Willie Nelson, a member of Austin Local 433 (Austin, TX), received the Communications Workers of America Gerry Horgan Award from AFM President Ray Hair. Nelson received the award for his stance against union busters at the Farm Aid Concerts and his defense of working people everywhere.

In November, Nelson became the first country musician to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The prestigious award recognizes a living performers and/or composers whose contributions to popular music exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin. Previous recipients have included Paul Simon, Local 5 (Detroit, MI) member Stevie Wonder, and Local 802 (New York City) member Carole King.

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