The AFL-CIO and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. made long-lasting contributions to two schools in memory of Martin Slate, the PBGC executive director who died Feb. 23 of a heart attack. He was 51.
Richard Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Washington, said that in honor of Mr. Slate, the labor group will make a $5,000 contribution to Georgetown University Law School - where Mr. Slate received his tax degree - to fund public service internships in the pension area. A spokeswoman said the AFL-CIO believes it will make a continuing contribution annually in honor of Mr. Slate.
"Marty did more than run a good public agency very well," Mr. Trumka said at a memorial service honoring Mr. Slate. "He was a vigilant and consummate protector of the pension rights of American workers and their families. And by his passion for his mission, he proved that government is indeed a protector of people who work hard, play by the rules and count on their hard-earned retirement security.
"What the world needs is more Marty Slates," Mr. Trumka added.
The PBGC will donate 30 computers to its adopted school, Strong John Thomson Elementary School in Washington. The PBGC agreed early on to help the elementary school, which is near its office. About 60 PBGC employees tutor students during lunch breaks.
Patricia B. Limbacher