N.J. public worker pension referendum moves closer to ballot

By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — The state Assembly took its final step Monday toward placing a referendum on the fall ballot asking voters to commit to spending billions of dollars to repair the public worker pension system.

With the governor cut out of the ballot question process, it is now up to the Democratic-controlled Senate to see the referendum onto this fall’s general election ballot.…

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Group seeks reduction in Rutgers tuition and fees

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

A coalition at Rutgers is pushing for a rollback of 2.5 percent when the governing board sets tuition and fees next month for the 2016-17 school year.

It’s a quixotic quest to be sure, as even calls for a freeze were unsuccessful in recent years, when increases ranged between 2 and 3 percent.…

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Union County College slammed with sanction by AAUP

By Elana Knopp

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Delegates to the 102nd annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors voted in Washington, D.C. last week to place Union County College on its list of institutions sanctioned for violating AAUP-supported standards of academic government.

Association investigations said it revealed serious departures by the administration and governing board from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by the Association.…

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Chiera Honored for Labor Leadership

State AFL-CIO Cites ‘Union Solidarity’ and Advocacy

ATLANTIC CITY … Based on her support for other unions in addition to her commitment to building the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ), the New Jersey State AFL-CIO selected AFTNJ president Donna M. Chiera as ‘Labor Person of the Year.’

“This recognition is made possible by the collective efforts of the leaders and activists in our statewide federation representing 30,000 education workers,” said Chiera.…

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