Emil Oxfeld was a New Jersey attorney and a labor relations consultant. He worked for NSO pro bono for many years as he loved unions and to advocate for union members. When he would give his reports to the RA delegates, he would break out into a chorus of “Solidarity Forever” and other union related songs. Those who knew him best speak of his great legal mind and his ability to remember cases and transcripts off the top of his head like no other person.
This award was established in 2000. The criterion for the award is the following: advocate, knowledge, tenacity, courage, wisdom, integrity, compassion, mentor, dignity, and honor.
Eligibility is any current or past NSO member that has worked to advocate defend, or protect the rights of NSO members.
Any NSO member who wishes to nominate a deserving person of the Emil Oxford Advocacy Award should write a narrative (no longer than two pages) describing how the nominee encompasses the spirit of Emel Oxford (advocate, knowledge, tenacity, courage, wisdom, integrity, compassion, mentor, dignity, and honor) and send that to the NSO President (email@example.com) before March 1st. The NSO Executive Committee will review all nominations.
Past Award Recipients:
2000: Emil Oxfeld NSO Labor Relations Consultant
2001: John Warms – New Jersey USA and NSO President
2002: Ginnie Ross- NSO Region 6 Director
2004: Chuck Lieberknight- Ohio PSU and NSO Founder (awarded posthumously)
2005: Jack Schamel- NSO advocate
2006: John Reilly- Massachusetts FSO and NSO Region 1 Director
2007: Dennis Krueger- Iowa SU and NSO Region 6 Director
2008: Bonnie LePage- Massachusetts TASO (Retired)
2009: Diane Thompson- Nebraska SA (Retired) and NSO At Large Director
2010: Bernadette Lange- New Jersey USA and NSO Region Director
2012: Gerry Lange- New Jersey USA (retired) and NSO Retired
2013: Jeanne Beyer- Colorado EASO
2015: Marius Ambrose- Maryland SO & NSO Vice President for Defense
2016: Jesse Morre- Louisiana SO and NSO Organizing Committee
2018: Butch Santicola PSEASO and NSO Region Director (awarded posthumously)