From Labor Arts, one of many works by Debra E. Bernhardt, known as an “activist, an archivist and a labor historian dedicated to documenting the undocumented history of workers in New York City.”

Our member Metro New York Labor Communications Council invites colleagues to enter the Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Contest.

The Bernhardt prize is an award of $500 given to an article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.

Articles focused on historical events and articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome.

The work should be published in print or online between Aug. 1, 2018 and Aug. 25, 2019.

The contest deadline is Aug. 25, 2019.

To enter, visit

The winner will be announced at a forum on labor journalism at New York University on Oct. 16.

The award is sponsored by the New York Labor History Association, LaborArts, Metro New York Labor Communications Council, NYC Central Labor Council, and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.