From 1995 to 2003 Richard Bermack along with Ed Herzog produced The Dragon. The Dragon was a publication of by Service Employees International Union Local 535 which represented at the time approximately 28,000 workers in California, including county and community social workers, welfare workers, health care professionals, mental health workers, recreation workers, criminal justice workers, and substitute teachers.
The publication dealt with the critical issues in health care, and social services. Taking on the troubled child welfare system and welfare system. Richard Bermack worked with a coalition of child welfare groups and legislators to produce the award-winning report, Protecting Children, Restoring Families, It Takes Time and the Social Worker Meltdown series. He then produced The Heroes of Social Work: Making a Difference for Children and Families, a traveling photography exhibit that promotes the positive potential of children’s sevices and social work.
The Dragon won numerous awards from the International Labor Communicators Association and the Western Labor Communicators Association, including the Max Steinbock Award for the Humanitarian Spirit in Labor Journalism for his story Dame Una Chansa: Give me a Chance. The story was about his story about a child welfare worker who saves the mother of a family who was about to be sent to prison for child abuse.