The award was named after local leader, George Ritzer, who served as president of the Jamestown Area Labor Council for over twenty years. He organized and served as president of the Food and Commercial Workers Local 1.
In 1984 the late Ben Spitale, wanted to give recognition to a labor leader who was affiliated with the Jamestown Area Labor Council AFL-CIO. The committee felt that Labor Day would be the most appropriate time for this recognition. The committee consisted of the late Ben Spitale, the late Anthony C. Raffa, Pete Thorenson, Doug Card, George Spitale and Michael Piazza.
The award is given to an individual who volunteers and contributes towards the Labor Movement, and volunteer’s time to community organizations.
The 2020 Ritzer award will be honorarily present to all Essential Workers. From health care workers, transportation workers, construction workers to supermarket employees and many more. These Essential Workers were required to report to work under ever changing regulations and risked higher rates of exposure to ensure our Community kept running. The Jamestown Area Labor Council would like to take this opportunity to honor them for the sacrifices they have made.