The New Jersey State AFL-CIO will join with IFPTE Local 194 and family and friends in celebrating the life of Francis A. “Frank” Forst, a distinguished labor leader and longtime officer of the state federation’s Executive Board, who passed away last month.
The service will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rutgers Labor Education Center Auditorium, Dominic Critelli Auditorium, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Food and beverages will be served.
Brother Forst was a lifelong advocate for social and economic justice. His daughter, Franceline Ehret, is a staff representative at Communications Workers of America and past president of IFPTE Local 194 and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Frank was a vice president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for 35 years.
As a labor organizer, Frank was instrumental in organizing workers on New Jersey’s toll roads, including the Turnpike and Parkway. He was a leading voice of support for laws giving public employees the right to bargain, and was responsible for Local 194 being the first in the nation to see Martin Luther King Day become a contractually recognized holiday.
This service is an opportunity for us as his union family to come together to honor Frank’s many labor milestones and celebrate his life. We look forward to sharing Frank’s memory with all of you on May 13.