The National Staff Organization has established the following awards and scholarships:
Emil Oxfeld Advocacy Award
Emil Oxfeld was a New Jersey attorney and a labor relations consultant. He worked for NSO pro bono for many years as he loved unions and to advocate for union members. When he would give his reports to the RA delegates, he would break out into a chorus of “Solidarity Forever” and other union related songs. Those who knew him best speak of his great legal mind and his ability to remember cases and transcripts off the top of his head like no other person. Read more. . .
John Warms Legend Award
In 2010, the NSO Executive Committee established the John Warms Legend Award. This award was named after John Warms, NSO President from 1976-1998, who was responsible for many of the current programs within NSO. During Warms leadership, NSO established the NSO Coordinated Bargaining Councils, the Charlie Love Crisis Fund and the Harvard Trade Union Scholarship program. He reaffirmed that NSO’s primary duty was to protect, defend, secure and advocate for members’ rights. In the late 70s and early 80s, he supported changes in the NSO Constitution and Bylaws that enabled associate staff to become NSO members. Read more . . .
The Mother Jones Award for Outstanding Union Activism
The National Staff Organization created the Mother Jones award to recognize the efforts of individual members that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to advance unionism and the labor movement in their communities. NSO believes that this recognition reinforces the preamble of its constitution, which states; “to promote public education and advance collective bargaining and unionism.” Read more. . .
Harvard Trade Union Program Scholarship
Although the Harvard Trade Union Program (HTUP) began in 1942, it was not until 1985 when NSO President John Warms secured three seats to attend the HTUP, that NSO members began attending HTUP. In 1989, NSO members Thomas L. Adams, Jr. of New Hampshire ESA and Paul Nelson attended the HTUP at their own cost. They had a wonderful experience and wrote the NSO Executive Committee a letter urging them to provide scholarships to future NSO members to attend the program. Read more . . .