Welcome New Staff Representative: Richard Gomes

After a decade of organizing at Rutgers, bargaining contracts on behalf of his colleagues and collaborating on grievances, Richard Gomes started as a staff representative for AFT New Jersey last week.

Gomes started teaching at Rutgers in 2006, joined the union and became active with the local’s executive board in 2007. He has served in leadership positions of both the Rutgers AAUP-AFT’s Non-Tenure Track and Part-Time Lecturer (adjunct) groups and as a Vice President of AFTNJ Higher Education.…

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Report says NJ teachers make less than other workers

Diane D’Amico, Staff Writer

Public school teachers in New Jersey make less money than other full-time employees, according to a report released this week by the Economic Policy Institute.

But the disparity is at least partly due to the fact teachers overall work fewer weeks per year than other professions.

Teachers also get more of their total compensation as benefits than private-sector workers, although the gap is closing.…

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The new civics course in US schools: How to spot fake news

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there’s a difference.

As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of “Pope endorses Trump ” headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign.…

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N.J. university let go of professor without enough warning, court rules

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

UNION — Kean University should have given a professor more notice before its board voted to not renew her contract at a public meeting, a state appellate court ruled this week in a case that could change how the school does business.

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Kean Federation of Teachers, the school’s faculty union, and union president James Castiglione joined Hascup in filing the lawsuit against the university.…

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Members: Register for March 31 & April 1 Legislative Conference

As of Tuesday, March 28, registration is now full.
For driving directions, use address: Bally’s Atlantic City, 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Agenda Guest Registration

What are the most important political issues impacting your career and working conditions?

While it is easy to identify many measures we oppose, we also need to develop and articulate positive policy recommendations.…

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