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About Local 755 USWU/IUJAT

 

Our History

 

At the change of the millennium, the union membership employed by the County of Bergen grew disillusioned with the representation of their Local.  Gerry Drummond, who had previously worked with the Local as a Grievance Chair, led the membership calling for a change.  After a tumultuous time and election process; the membership was victorious, resulting in the Local 1 officers being unseated and the dissolution of the Local.  

Under USWU, Local 755 was created and was officially chartered on April 1st, 2003. 

 

In USWU Local 755’s first election, Gerry Drummond and his slate won a decisive victory.  President Drummond’s term, and those that followed, set the precedent for a member-led, professionally advised union that fought for workers’ rights.   Putting the past behind him, Gerry formed a coalition of pro-union supporters including some members from the old local’s administration, thus creating a strong united front.

 

During his administration of Local 755, the membership endured threats of layoff, furloughs and the imposition of medical contributions forced on the employees by the anti-union Governor. During tough times, Local 755 upheld a standard to be envied by other unions.   President Drummond spoke out at Freeholder Meetings, in front of the State Budget Committee and to the press when it was necessary. 

 

President Drummond and his team ran unopposed for three terms.  In 2015, President Drummond announced he was not running for another term and would be retiring from his County position.  In an interesting turn of events, the former Local 1 President, who had been promoted to Department Head in 2011, helped organize Gerry’s retirement.  At the retirement party, she publically praised President Drummond for his support of worker’s rights and his service to the citizens of Bergen.

 

On July 1st, 2015, Joe Gautier and a slate comprised of veteran board members as well as new; were elected by an overwhelming majority.  President Gautier has put forth his vision of an increasingly strong union focused on enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement, member rights, and increased member involvement.

The Union Office:

One Bergen Plaza, Hackensack NJ 07601

Room 396

 One Bergen Plaza - Hackensack NJ

About US

 

Local 755 USWU/IUJAT has been the majority representative for the County of Bergen White Collar employees, professional and non-professionals alike, since 2003.

 

At least 50% of our members are found in the Hackensack (County Seat) area where we share our office with our blue collar (Local 655) brothers and sisters.  But our administrative structure, as envisioned by our founders and leaders, encompasses the whole county and is directed by an executive board.  The executive board is comprised of a president, an executive vice president, a treasurer, a recording secretary, a trustee and area vice presidents (AVPs).

 

There is one AVP position each for:

 

•One Bergen County Plaza and the Court House in Hackensack;

 

•Other Locations, encompassing scattered, far-flung smaller worksites;

 

•The BC Health Care Center (BCHCC) in Rockleigh, our five-star nursing home.

 

 

Geography aside, board members work together as a team, covering for each other, each having one vote at meetings.  Terms are for three years.  The president chairs meetings and leads the union.  In his/her absence, the executive vice president presides and, if he/she is not available, another board member takes their place.

 

Meantime, about twenty elected shop stewards keep their area members up-to-date and serve as local advocates, reporting to their area vice presidents and touching base with our fulltime USWU rep and our Local 755 elected officers as needed.

 

This structure enables the fulltime rep to serve more effectively, visiting areas that the officers—with regular county jobs—may not easily cover.  The fulltime rep reports to the national union’s public sector director and represents and defends individual members before the county administration in consultation with Local 755’s president.

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Bergen County Hazmat

 

Union employees keeping us safe

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In addition, the president, as per our labor-management agreement, has one day a month to visit job locations throughout the county.

 

Finally, when issues require the best in representational action and advice, the president and the rep may call the USWU Public Sector Coordinator and their highly experienced labor attorneys for their input, if not their direct representation. 

 

All Local 755 members are entitled to run for elected union office, become shop stewards, attend and participate at union meetings, and receive membership-only privileges.  All members and agency-fee payors are entitled to union representation and the wage increases, job protection and benefits won at the negotiating table by their union negotiating team.

 

Local 755’s mission is to serve the needs of its members in the workplace and to protect the rights and benefits of its membership wherever and whenever possible.  Recognizing “there is strength in numbers” Local 755’s leadership works with its county government blue collar brothers and sisters in USWU’s Local 655 and other Unions representing County employees.

 

The leadership has participated in many meetings, demonstrations and rallies, written numerous letters to the editor, published newsletters and flyers, organized holiday parties, spoken at dozens of freeholder meetings, participated in the freeholder’s labor committee sessions, testified before two state legislative committees and one gubernatorial commission, and launched (and re-launched) this website, lobbied local legislators and the county executive and has run 9 to 10 monthly membership meetings each year.  The Local also holds an annual ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum to give Freeholder, County Clerk, Surrogate and Executive candidates a chance to address our membership.

The Bergen County Healthcare Center

The Bergen County Healthcare Center 

"A 5 Star Residential Senior Facility"

Meantime, about twenty elected shop stewards keep their area members up-to-date and serve as local advocates, reporting to their area vice presidents and touching base with our fulltime USWU rep and our Local 755 elected officers as needed.

 

This structure enables the fulltime rep to serve more effectively, visiting areas that the officers—with regular county jobs—may not easily cover.  The fulltime rep reports to the national union’s public sector director and represents and defends individual members before the county administration in consultation with Local 755’s president.

 

In addition, the president, as per our labor-management agreement, has one day a month to visit job locations throughout the county.

 

Finally, when issues require the best in representational action and advice, the president and the rep may call the USWU Public Sector Coordinator and their highly experienced labor attorneys for their input, if not their direct representation.  The lead negotiator for our labor contracts is the USWU Public Sector Coordinator.

 

Law And Public Safety Institute, Mahwah, NJ

 

All Local 755 members are entitled to run for elected union office, become shop stewards, attend and participate at union meetings, and receive membership-only privileges.  All members and agency-fee payors are entitled to union representation and the wage increases, job protection and benefits won at the negotiating table by their union negotiating team.

 

Local 755’s mission is to serve the needs of its members in the workplace and to protect the rights and benefits of its membership wherever and whenever possible.  Recognizing “there is strength in numbers,” Local 755’s leadership works with its county government blue collar brothers and sisters in USWU’s Local 655 and collaborates outside the county workplace with other local unions, including the AFL-CIO’s BC Central Trades and Labor Council and United Labor Agency.

The leadership has participated in many meetings, demonstrations and rallies, written numerous letters to the editor, published newsletters and flyers, organized holiday parties, spoken at dozens of freeholder meetings, participated in the freeholder’s labor committee sessions, testified before two state legislative committees and one gubernatorial commission, and launched (and re-launched) this website, lobbied local legislators and the county executive and has run 9 to 10 monthly membership meetings each year.

The Bergen County Animal Shelter 

The Animal Shelter

"Keeping our friends safe"


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Local 755 Executive Board Meeting
Jul 03, 2017
The Union Office Room 396 One Bergen Plaza Hackensack NJ 07601
Local 755 Monthly Meeting
Jul 19, 2017
One Bergen County Plaza Hackensack, NJ 07601 The Learning Center (Rm. 460) or the 1st floor Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria)
Local 755 Executive Board Meeting
Aug 07, 2017
The Union Office Room 396 One Bergen Plaza Hackensack NJ 07601
Local 755 Monthly Meeting
Aug 16, 2017
One Bergen County Plaza Hackensack, NJ 07601 The Learning Center (Rm. 460) or the 1st floor Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria)
Local 755 Executive Board Meeting
Sep 04, 2017
The Union Office Room 396 One Bergen Plaza Hackensack NJ 07601
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