STATE EMPLOYEE TO GET PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
NASHVILLE - She's worked for the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development for 25 years. Before that she worked for 35 years as a machinist where she got the popular nickname, "Rosie the Riveter," helping to build C-130 aircraft during World War II. Now 90-year-old Flossie Tate has been named 2003 Tennessee Outstanding Older Worker of the Year by the National Experience Works program.
Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley will also present Flossie with Governor Phil Bredesen's Outstanding Tennessean Award. "Flossie is an outstanding employee. She is a loyal hard worker with a positive team attitude," said Commissioner Neeley.
Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that offers training and employment opportunities for mature workers. John Tucker, Middle Tennessee field operation coordinator for Experience Works said, "Flossie won the Tennessee Outstanding Older Worker of the Year Award out of 40 nominations across the state. It is Flossie's generosity and commitment to helping others that make her stand out."
Flossie works as a clerk for the Department of Labor & Workforce Development. She commutes 65 miles round trip to Nashville to work. She said, "I am honored to receive this award. I could have retired long ago, but I'm working to help put my grandchildren through college. I'm happy with my job; the state is a good place to work."
For more information about Experience Works go to www.experienceworks.org or call (615) 264-0792. You may also contact the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development's Senior Community Service Employer Program at (615) 741-8777 or www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd.
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