2021 Mercer County AFL-CIO Labor Council Scholarships

The Mercer County AFL-CIO Labor Council offers two separate scholarships: The Frank Thompson Jr. scholarship and the George L. Pelletteri scholarship. The amounts are $500 for the George Pelletieri scholarship and $2,000 for the Frank Thompson scholarship.

For both, applicants must be a high school senior and the child of a current or deceased member of the Union affiliated with the Mercer County AFL-CIO Labor Council.

Required proof of eligibility includes:

  1. Verification of class rank and SAT scores
  2. An essay of no less than 200 words on the subject “What the American Labor Movement has meant to my family.”


Frank Thompson Jr. Scholarship

George L. Pelletteri Scholarship

Register for two important webinars to make the most of your retirement plan

Prudential Retirement® will help you prepare for the financial future. Their counselors offer a range of online workshops and meetings to help you make the most of everything your retirement plan offers, as well as insights and assistance on specific financial topics.

Two Important Webinars

Jan. 25, 2021

Getting Started with Your Workplace Savings Plan

Learn how to maximize your savings plan, why selecting a proper investment mix is so important, the basics of asset allocation and the difference between “Do it yourself” and “Do it with help” options.

April 13, 2021

Retirement Readiness and Your Workplace Savings Plan

Learn the steps to help prepare for a more secure retirement.

To take advantage of these and future services be sure to set up your account with Prudential now.

Set up your account and log in at: www.prudential.com/explore-login and follow the directions on the screen.

Once you’re registered with Prudential, they will send a link to click for next steps.

These and other important links are sent to members periodically, which is why it’s important that you update your Local 825 profile. Add your cell phone number and your email address and you will be included in future email blasts to members.

Local 825 Earns Certification from NJ Business and Industry Association

Local 825 has earned the healthy and safe workplace certification from the NJ Business and Industry Association following the successful completion of an NJBIA training course. It teaches

  • How to develop a step-by-step Healthy Workplace Environment Guide
  • The best cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • On-site health screening procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Social distancing strategies
  • Protocols for isolating employees who become ill at work

The course adheres to the standards and regulations set by OSHA, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to make sure all employees function in a healthy work environment.

2021 IUOE Local 825 Academic and Special Scholarship Applications Now Available


All Local 825 scholarship applications must now be submitted by email to: 825Scholarship@gmail.com

This change has been necessitated because the Rutgers University scholarship judges are working remotely because of the COVID-19 outbreak and are no longer on campus to receive these materials.

The deadline to submit applications for a Local 825 scholarship currently is April 2, 2021.

If you have previously submitted an application, email a copy as a backup precaution and mark “COPY” on the first page.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 is pleased to announce the following Academic and Special Scholarship Award for 2021:

  • Seven academic scholarship awards of $2,500.00 per academic year for four years
  • Three $2,500.00 special scholarships per academic year for four years, one in each of the following categories:
    • Outstanding Student-Athlete
    • Outstanding Student Service
    • Outstanding Appreciation/Understanding of Unionism and the Labor Movement

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It’s More Important Than Ever to Get a Flu Shot

When’s the best time to get a flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Summer’s officially over, and unfortunately, we are still very much in the throes of a pandemic. As fall approaches, there’s another community health concern to contend with: flu season.

The dual threat of influenza and COVID-19 has public health experts warning of a “twindemic” effect that could sicken the population and overwhelm hospitals.

According to the CDC, your best, healthiest option is to schedule your flu shot for late September or early October (definitely before Halloween), for the flu season that peaks between December and February. While flu season can last well into late spring, it typically ramps up in the fall and peaks between December and February.

How long does it take before the flu shot works or starts to protect me?

After getting the flu shot, antibodies begin building right away, it takes about 2 weeks to build up antibodies to reach the full level of protection.

Getting vaccinated at the beginning of fall allows ample time to build up immunity that will last through the worst months of flu season.

How long will the flu shot actually protect me?

Infectious disease doctors and epidemiologists (aka “disease detectives”) say that you probably get about six months of coverage.

Why is it so important to get the flu shot this year? Will it protect me from COVID-19 too?

No, the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. But it’s important to protect yourself from the flu for several reasons.

The flu often takes an enormous toll on our healthcare system, so it’s critically important that people do what they can to reduce their chances of getting it. Otherwise, hospitals and healthcare facilities could become overwhelmed if they need to treat both flu and COVID-19 patients.

It is particularly important this year that those with high-risk conditions receive the flu vaccine so that we are not utilizing critical hospital beds for flu that may be used for those with COVID.

In addition, it’s not yet known whether people will become co-infected with both flu and COVID-19 at the same time — and what the consequences of that combination could be.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic change how I get the flu shot this year?

Yes. In previous years, you may have gone to a crowded doctor’s office or walked into your local pharmacy to get a flu shot on the spot. This year, healthcare personnel will be wearing PPE, spacing out when patients arrive to ensure physical distancing, and requiring them to wear a mask while they get their flu shot. Patients will also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure and should stay home and reschedule their appointment if they don’t feel well. Be safe and call ahead–you may be required to make an appointment instead of just walking in.

Is there anything that my over-65 years old parents should know that is different for their age group when worrying about the flu?

Timing is especially important for people 65 years old and greater who don’t build up the same level of immunity or antibodies and who might not have immunity for as many months. Seniors also require a high-dose vaccine, which is available wherever you get your standard flu shot.

Where can I get a flu shot?

The flu shot is widely available — at your doctor’s office, local pharmacy, community health center, pop-up sites — and is either free or covered by insurance. Check with your local health department for nearby locations. The CDC also has a vaccine finder site you can use to look up a site near you.

Will the flu shot put me at greater risk of getting COVID-19?

No. That is misinformation that has been refuted multiple times by infectious disease experts. Getting the flu vaccine will neither protect you from COVID-19 nor will it increase your risk of COVID-19 infection.

Would the flu shot have an impact of the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine, should one be developed and available soon?

No. Vaccines are specific in their effects. If that were not the case, we would have a universal vaccine against all respiratory infections, and we don’t.

Do your research on where you can get your flu shot this season! Don’t delay!

Sept. 19th Golf Outing is Sold Out

The Local 825 2020 Golf Outing on Sept. 19 is sold out for golfers. (Sponsorships and contributions are still being accepted). That’s good news for the scholarship fund and children and grandchildren of members who will be applying for scholarship help next year. It is not good news for anyone who waited too long to sign up! The golf outing is a favorite activity and will be held at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge. Now all we need is great weather!

Click here for sponsorship form.