Apply now for the 2017 Abe Solomon and Ed Purtill Scholarships

The Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council, AFL-CIO is pleased to offer eight scholarships for the year 2017. Each scholarship will be for $1,000. Only members of local unions affiliated with the Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council, and their dependents, are eligible and may apply.

We are giving four scholarships in the memory of Abe Solomon, the first elected president of the Bergen Country Central Trades and Labor Council, and four scholarships in the memory of Ed Purtill, the first Executive Director of the United Labor Agency of Bergen County, AFL-CIO Community Services.

Click here to download the Abe Solomon Scholarship Application.

Click here to download the Ed Purtill Community Service Scholarship Application.

Please read all the eligibility requirements. Feel free to put this information on your website, and make as many copies that are needed for your membership.

The Selection Committee requests that all applications are returned by April 15, 2017.

Since the beginning of the scholarship fund 38 years ago, 172 scholarships have been awarded. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the officers of the Bergen Labor Central Trades & Labor Council, thank you for your support and cooperation.

Feb 12 – Bergen County Unity Rally in Hackensack

At our last meeting, our delegates voted to endorse the Unity March and Rally “Coming Together to Defend our Values“.

On Sunday, February 12th, join the Bergen County Concerned Citizens, for the Unity March and Rally “Coming Together to Defend our Values,” at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack.

Come together to celebrate and reaffirm our American values of freedom, diversity, and inclusivity, and to push back against hateful, divisive rhetoric. With one voice, we will send a clear message to those around the country who seek to drive us apart: We will not be divided, and we will not be silenced.

Meet at 2:00 PM at the municipal parking lot near Foschini Park before marching to the Courthouse where we will hold our rally.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Call Now to Stop “Right to Work” (For Less)

National “Right to Work” legislation was introduced by Republican Congressmen Steve King and Joe Wilson on Wednesday. This anti-worker policy would be devastating to wages, benefits, and the ability of workers to have a voice on the job. Despite misleading rhetoric, “Right to Work” does not enhance the rights of workers; it is designed solely for the purpose of dismantling unions.

This is a bill that threatens the foundation of the labor movement in all 50 states, and must be stopped. We need all hands on deck to defeat this bill. What you can do right now is call your members of Congress and tell them to oppose “Right to Work”. CLICK HERE for a directory of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation.

Numbers don’t lie, and the fact remains that “Right to Work” laws are simply wrong for working people. On average, workers in states with “Right to Work” laws earn less, are less likely to have employer provided health benefits, and see a higher rate of workplace mortality.

For working people, many of whom are struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet, the introduction of such an ill-advised bill is not only an insult, but also a malicious attack on their livelihoods and ability to support their families. The fallout from this policy would be far-reaching. Not only would workers see their wages drop and standard of living undermined, but our economy and businesses, which rely on a vibrant middle class would be adversely impacted.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges its affiliates, community partners, businesses, and elected officials to vigorously oppose this destructive, anti-worker bill. CLICK HERE and make a call to your members of Congress urging them to oppose “Right to Work” and instead pass laws that support the right of working families to make a living.

Sign the petition: Oppose Tom Price as HHS Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump promised he wasn’t going to change Medicare if elected. But his pick for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has been a vocal supporter of dismantling Medicare and leaving seniors to pick up the tab.

More than 55 million Americans currently depend on Medicare—and that’s not counting the working people who are depending on it when they retire in the future. We can’t let anyone undermine it. So we’re calling on our members of Congress to stand against Price’s nomination for secretary of health and human services.

Click here to sign the petition immediately, and urge your legislators to oppose Tom Price for health and human services secretary.

Tell Your Legislators to Oppose Trump’s Nominee for Labor Secretary

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor—fast food CEO Andrew Puzder—would be a disaster for working Americans. He’s railed against a meaningful increase in the minimum wage, opposed expanding overtime pay and supported replacing working people with machines. Of his Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants that were investigated for labor law complaints, 60% were found to have violated the law. Most of these complaints were for failure to pay workers minimum wage or overtime.

Now, this guy could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws.

Take Action: Click here to add your name to urge your members of Congress to oppose Andrew Puzder for secretary of labor.