Michael Savoia: In Memoriam

Perth Amboy Federation Treasurer Michael Savoia, a retired history teacher and active substitute, died after seeking treatment at Robert Wood Johnson hospital in New Brunswick in early May. Savoia previously served as Treasurer of the then-named NJ State Federation of Teachers.

Savoia Stuffs Envelopes
Savoia (second from right) stuffs Federation Flash envelopes with Rosanna Weime (right), Loris Welch (facing Savoia), Larry Bellow (left) and Norm Tankiewicz (2nd from left).
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Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Gain Access to Health Coverage

SeeR-Health For Rutgers AAUP-AFT Part-Time Lecturers (Plan information on R-Health site)

“Rutgers tells us healthcare for part-time employees is not possible,” said Teresa Politano, president of the part-time faculty union, according to the press release. “Yet most Big Ten schools offer healthcare options and job security to part-time faculty members and other employees. This R-Health option proves that there are progressive solutions to a complicated problem.”

The new option was unveiled by the labor union on Thursday at a town hall meeting, according to the press release.…

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Hero: Dorothea Graham-King

Dorothea Graham-King

Dorothea Graham-King and Donna Chiera

Local: Hudson CCC Support Staff Federation
Since Dorothea Graham-King was elected to office she has shown major responsibility in making sure that our members read and understand their rights as written in the contract. She spends a lot of time on many union issues and does the research when it comes to protecting the rights of our members, as well as ensuring that the contract negotiations take place in a timely manner.…

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Hero: Charlene Martucci

TESU hero
Tim Haresign, Donna Chiera

Local: Thomas Education U, AFT
Charlene Martucci is a perfect example of the phrase “lead by example.” Charlene attends all public employee meetings and has an understanding how our locals are part of a much broader and larger labor organization. She encourages her members to volunteer their lunch hours at the AFL-CIO to assist them in whatever task they are working on.…

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