Rutgers hikes tuition for 2017-18 school year

By Avalon Zoppo, For NJ.com

NEW BRUNSWICK– Undergraduate students at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus will see a 1.85 percent increase in tuition and fees this fall, or an extra $266 on their annual bill.

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David Hughes, Rutgers’ union vice president, urged the board to prioritize students and said the school should not compare its tuition to other universities.…

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There’s An App For That: Unions Drive Prescription Savings

New Jersey’s old-fashioned prescription medication management system is going the way of Blockbuster video next year as a union initiated online marketplace promises massive savings for the state and better deals for members.

On the back end, the efficiencies of the marketplace are projected through a true comparison between pharmaceutical benefit managers’ offerings. If they materialize as expected, the state will save $1.5 billion from the period starting January 1, 2018 extending through calendar year 2020.…

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Welcome Garfield Federation of Teachers President Joe Pritch

Joe Pritch

New Leadership Profile: Joe Pritch
Local Name: Garfield Federation of Teachers
Position: President
Term Of Office: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019
Job Title: Fifth Grade Teacher
What motivated you to get actively involved with your union? The desire to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract.
What are your goals for the local? A fair and reasonable contract
What do you see as your biggest challenges?

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NJ State Budget Impact On Education and Public Workers

After the high-profile political battles coupled with revealing beach photography, New Jersey’s approved, slightly delayed, final budget has some significant gains for education programs.

The push for a fully funded School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) made progress as $100 million has been allocated for underfunded districts . Another $31 million will be taken away from districts considered overfunded by the SFRA ratio.…

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In Memoriam: Liz Gray, July 17, 1943 – July 05, 2017

GRAY, Elizabeth “Mimi”, age 73, of Garfield, died on July 5, 2017. Born in Passaic, she lived in Passaic, Lodi and Garfield. Elizabeth was a Social Studies teacher for 17 years with the Garfield Board of Education retiring in 2012, and an adjunct professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at William Paterson University, Felician University, Kean University, Bergen County Community College and Passaic County Community College.…

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