AFT on NJ Governor’s Race

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten on the New Jersey governor’s race:

“Tonight’s victory represents new hope and new opportunity for the people of New Jersey. For far too long, the governor’s office has been occupied by a blustering bully who disrespected educators, nurses and working people. Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver are a breath of fresh air: They respect and value the work and voice of educators and believe in the promise of public education for all children.…

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Supporting Locked Out Healthcare Workers

AFT New Jersey sent a $1,000 donation to support locked out workers at Sunrise House rehabilitation facility in Lafayette, New Jersey who have been locked out for a third week. The staff of the drug detoxification and rehabilitation facility—including maintenance and kitchen staff, nurses and detox counselors formed at union with the Healthcare Professional and Allied Employees (HPAE) – American Federation of Teachers last year and are in contentious negotiations with their employer— for-profit American Addiction Centers, Inc.…

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Sweeney gives Rutgers ultimatum to reform its governance

State Senate votes to expand Rutgers board
By GEOFF MULVIHILL-Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A reorganization of New Jersey’s higher education system quickly became official a year ago, but some details that go along with it are still raising contention.

The state Senate pushed for changes Thursday to Rutgers University’s governing structure, passing a bill to expand the flagship school’s main governing board, despite strong opposition by campus and alumni groups.…

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AFT on the Passing of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg

WASHINGTON-Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, AFT New Jersey President Donna Chiera, and Health Professionals and Allied Employees President Ann Twomey on the passing of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg:

“Sen. Lautenberg’s work to make America better, safer and healthier will be his lasting legacy. He was a longtime friend of labor and public employees, coming to Congress after a successful business career but never forgetting his family’s working-class union roots.…

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