Assembly Higher Education Talks Adjuncts and Tenure

The working conditions of Adjunct faculty were up for discussion in the State Assembly Higher Education Committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 6 in Trenton. Chair Mila Jasey heard from legislators Sen. (and former Governor) Dick Codey and Assemblyman Dan Benson, former Assembly Speaker Joseph Doria as well as an AFT New Jersey delegation consisting of Dan O’Connor, Susanna Tardi, David Chapman, Elaine Bobrove and Steve Young.…

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AFTNJ Supports Reforms of Abusive NJ Student Loan Practices

“Thanks to Assembly Higher Ed Chair Mila Jasey and Assemblyman Andrew Wicker for their leadership in putting forth common sense legislation on student debt,” said AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera. Decency was on the agenda in Trenton, Thursday, Sept.8 at the Assembly Higher Education Committee, she said.

David Hughes testifies in favor of legislation to erase student debt when the student has died
David Hughes testifies in favor of legislation to erase student debt when the student has died.
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Testimony for College Affordability Task Force Offers Ideas for Efficiency, Savings for Students

Dan O'Connor, Sue Tardi, Patrice Mareschal
Dan O'Connor, Sue Tardi, Patrice Mareschal

AFTNJ Higher Education Executive Vice President Sue Tardi, a professor from William Paterson, and Rutgers professors Dan O’Connor and Patrice Mareschal testified in Trenton for the College Affordability Task Force. The group offered a variety of recommendations for reducing college and student debt, improving emphasis on academics on and increasing accountability in Trenton.…

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Equal Pay Can’t Wait: Senate Labor Committee advances bill

The Senate Labor Committee voted 3-0-1 to move out of committee legislation concerning equal pay for women and helping…

Posted by AFT New Jersey on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Chiera Testimony: Equal Pay Can’t Wait

For the Senate Labor Committee:

Donna M. Chiera testifies at Senate Labor Committee
Donna M. Chiera testifies at Senate Labor Committee

When I started teaching more than three decades ago the profession was low-paid and comprised of a mostly female workforce. We suffered with low salaries for decades. Collectively bargained salary guides accounting for both experience and education have gone a long way towards addressing pay inequality within the ranks of professional educators in the schools, but it is still not enough.…

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