Scholarship Program For Members to Earn A Certificate in Labor Relations

The New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity to study at the City University of New York (“CUNY”) School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU). This scholarship is for an undergraduate certificate in Labor Relations. Upon completion, students will have earned their Certificate, as well as 16-undergraduate CUNY credits that could be used toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree.


In 2018, the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) became the 25th unit of the CUNY system, and now serves more than 400 students in its core programs and more than 1,400 across the University. SLU is the only CUNY school explicitly dedicated to public service and social justice, and offers the only interdisciplinary program in labor studies and urban studies in the nation.

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Why Labor Relations?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Relations is designed to provide NYC area union members with the skills and resources necessary to navigate their workplaces and to be effective advocates for workers, worker rights and leadership development.

Students Will

  • Take one class per semester, in the evening, for four (4) semesters in topics such as collective bargaining, organizing, labor law, contract administration, arbitration, labor history, and leadership development.
  • Earn credits that can be applied to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
  • Join a community of adult learners passionate about making change in the workplace and society

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The Scholarship Application

  • Members in good standing will submit the attached application to the Union for review.
  • The Member or Member(s) whose Union Application is approved by the internal committee will submit her/his/their application to CUNY.

The CUNY Application

The selected member(s) must submit a CUNY application.

  • Member applicants are subject to the same admittance standards as all other CUNY applicants.
  • CUNY requires that Candidates for admission to undergraduate level certificate programs possess a high school diploma. In place of that, a candidate may provide a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma from New York State (also known as TASC or GED).
  • The Union Member (her/him/themselves) will be responsible for providing all education documentation required by the University for application.

Program Requirements

  • SLU/The NY NJ Regional Joint Board Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and fees for one (1) program class per semester (approximately $1,300 per student).
  • The Union Member (her/him/themselves) will be responsible for the cost of the CUNY application fee which is currently $70 and a fee of $50 per class, per semester.
  • In addition, the NY NJ Regional Joint Board will provide up to a total of $150 for required course materials. Receipts must be provided for reimbursement.
  • The Union Member must have been a member in good standing for at least three (3) years at the time of enrollment and must remain a member in good standing throughout the program. Changes in employment status will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • After each semester, the Scholarship winner will be asked to attend Union Executive Board Meetings to describe the course and how we can encourage others to take part and help build the Union.
  • The winner(s) of the Scholarship(s) are committing to attending five (5) union events a year to put their knowledge towards building the Union. These could include rallies, demonstrations, organizing, political events, or other similar union events.

Questions? Contact David Unger, Program Coordinator of the Labor Relations Certificate at