The Joseph E. Hopkins Memorial Leadership Training Fund

Joseph E. Hopkins, Jr. was an Auto Technician for more than 18 years with the NJ Turnpike Authority and a dedicated member of Local 194. Joe was a real trade unionist and served for more than 10 years as both a Shop Steward and Chapter Officer and served as the Central Chapter President. Joe cared about helping his fellow union brothers and sisters and keeping our union strong through solidarity. A real believer in political action for power, he volunteered for Labor-to-Labor walks, just about every Saturday in the fall, and then did phone banks 3 nights a week too. He would often bring his wife Ann and sons Tom and Anthony to pitch in and he loved to attend rallies and protests in support of workers and their issues.

Joe never said the word “no” or that he was too busy. He knew that our union was important to providing for his family and he wanted to be a real part of it. Joe was the recipient of the Local 194 Union Spirit Award for all of his works on behalf of IFPTE Local 194 and our members. Joe attended the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and was proud to receive his certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations, and took advantage of every training program offered by Local 194. Because of Joe’s love of his co-workers and his union, his family established “The Joseph E. Hopkins, Jr. Memorial Leadership Training Fund” so that his brothers and sisters can receive Union Leadership Training and follow in his footsteps to continue the fight for the working class values he held so dearly.

Donations to the Joseph E. Hopkins Jr. Memorial Leadership Training Fund can be mailed to:

Local 194, IFPTE
P.O. Box 790
Milltown, NJ 08850