NATCA FacRep Receives Distinguished Labor Award
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Isabel Cole

If you don’t believe that hard work and dedication are rewarded, think again.

The Seattle University School of Law recently selected NATCA Western Service Area (WSA) Safety Representative and Seattle Tower Facility Representative Isabel Cole as the 2012 recipient of the Mary Ellen Krug Award. The award is given to a Seattle University law student who has shown promise or distinction in the field of labor and employment law.

The Krug Selection Committee, comprised of members of the University faculty and the King County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, selected Cole not only because of her academic achievement but also because of her many accomplishments, including her leadership at NATCA.

“Overall, your application reflected dedication and commitment to establishing justice through a career advancing the rights of workers…We believe that you are poised to exemplify Mary Ellen Krug’s high ideals as a future lawyer in the field of labor and employment law,” Seattle University Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law Natasha Martin wrote in a letter to Cole.

Mary Ellen Krug was a pioneer in the field of labor and employment law. A highly regarded lawyer, she was the first chair of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law conference more than forty years ago. Greatly admired in all sectors of the labor and employment bar, Mary Ellen Krug was committed to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the fields.

Beyond the prestige and honor the award holds, this year it includes an $8,000 stipend.

Cole said that she feels humbled to receive the award and she burst into tears when she found out she won. While the stipend will help her pay for law school and the award will boost her already sterling resume, there is something else she gets from the award.

“It's just so satisfying to get some recognition for over 20 years of union activism,” said Cole. “And it's a double bonus because I am getting an award for something I dearly love.”

Upon hearing that Cole won the award, Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President Jim Ullmann said that Cole has been a longtime NATCAvist with years of experience in many aspects of our Union, including several terms as Facility Representative and Vice President at Seattle Tower, Chair of the 1998 Seattle Convention Committee, Northwest Mountain Regional Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Lead and most recently, NATCA’s WSA Safety Representative. Ullmann said while the list shows her diverse contributions to NATCA, it is by no means a full and comprehensive list.

“While still working hard on behalf of our Union, Isabel decided she wanted a degree in Labor Law and has been attending law school at Seattle University,” said Ullmann. “To see that her hard work on behalf of our grateful Union has resulted in her being named the recipient of the Mary Ellen Krug Award is an outstanding accomplishment, and I congratulate Isabel on this phenomenal recognition.”

Cole was presented as the award winner yesterday at the 45th annual Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference.