Key Issues of Economic Security, Retirement, Health Care Mobilize Members

Talking to members about economic security and equity, including having secure retirement and quality health care is key to safeguarding workers’ rights through strong unions, AFT president Randi Weingarten told Rowan AFT 2373 members Tuesday. AFT New Jersey president Donna Chiera, Rowan AFT president Joe Basso and College Council president Tim Haresign hosted Weingarten and State Senate president Steve Sweeney, who represents the district and is an Ironworkers union leader.…

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Chris Christie’s administration violated teachers contract, arbitrator says.

By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

The school district of Newark violated key terms of a 2012 groundbreaking contract it had signed with the Newark Teachers Union, an arbitrator just ruled, and now it owes millions of dollars to public school teachers. The district was then entirely run by the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has long had a contentious relationship with teachers and their union.…

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Memo To Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel On Higher Education

Colleen O’Dea, Spotlight NJ

State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students

New Jersey’s next governor needs to raise the profile of higher education, provide more funding for colleges and low-income students, and bring the public back into the process of higher education planning and oversight, urges a new report.…

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Teachers entitled to longevity raises, arbitrator finds

Karen Yi, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — An arbitrator has found the Newark school district violated terms of the 2012 teachers contract that received unified praise from Gov. Chris Christie and national union leaders for being a landmark agreement between often warring parties.

Responding to a series of grievances filed by the Newark Teachers Union in 2013, an arbitrator last month said the Newark school district violated certain provisions, including failing to give employees promised payments for longevity.…

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As NJEA continues fight with Sweeney, AFT gives endorsement

Brenda Flanagan, Senior Correspondent

Third Legislative District Democrat Steve Sweeney got hugs and kudos Tuesday from the other teachers union at Rowan University. The American Federation of Teachers has endorsed the incumbent Senate president’s re-election, despite disagreements on some issues like public employee pensions.

“And don’t you think we had a couple of harsh words with each other when that pension deal was going on a few years ago?…

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