Martin Gerber was the founding member of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) Local 595. Martin was also the Director of the Region 9 office of the UAW for 39 years. He helped grow Region 9 of the UAW from 20,000 members to 120,000 under his leadership. Martin then helped found Region Nine Housing Corporation of New Brunswick, NJ. Region Nine Housing Corporation is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to meeting the housing needs of senior citizens and disadvantaged families, for over 30 years.
Martin Gerber’s life of advocacy and leadership epitomizes the spirit that the Labor Studies and Employment Relations department is built upon. Martin’s commitment to the service of “working people” is an inspiration to the next generation of labor activists.
The Martin Gerber Endowed Student Support Fund supports select students in the undergraduate or graduate programs affiliated with the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The student award winners should exemplify that they are planning to participate in, are currently participating in or have already participated in a labor related or socially progressive internship or applied field experience, to be considered for this award. Award determinations will be made by evaluating internship or applied field experiences as well as students’ financial need status. All student winners’ experience and financial need profiles will be reviewed by the Chair of the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department.