State of Indiana, college honor union president
The Labor Hall of Fame award honors Indiana's labor leaders for their contributions to trade education and the economy. The governor gives the Sagamore of the Wabash award annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the state of Indiana.
"Mike Sullivan was instrumental in establishing the apprenticeship degree program at Ivy Tech and has championed education and the trades throughout his career," said Gerald Lamkin, president of Ivy Tech State College, a two-year trade school with 23 locations in Indiana.
"Because of his vision, thousands of Hoosiers are not only obtaining their journeyman's certificate, but also a two-year associate's degree. Mike's hard work and lifelong dedication to labor make him a natural choice as the college's first Labor Hall of Fame honoree," Lamkin said.
Indiana Gov. Joseph E. Kernan and Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis presented Sullivan with the Sagamore award.
"Receiving these awards is such an honor for me," said Sullivan. "It has been a joy to work closely with Ivy Tech in establishing the apprenticeship degree program. I am proud to be associated with Indiana's strong, successful labor movement."
The Sheet Metal Workers union represents 150,000 members throughout the United States and Canada.