Education, Healthcare Unions Endorse Baraka for Newark Mayor

Issue Call for Collaboration To Strengthen Public Education and Healthcare

NEWARK…As a young man, Ras J. Baraka decided to become a teacher and work with Newark’s youth to help them find their way to a better future, according to John Abeigon, Newark Teachers Union President. “As an activist, Ras naturally became involved with the union and really extended his love for students from the classroom to the surrounding communities, becoming involved in anti-violence work which continues to this day,” said Abeigon.…

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State Budget: Murphy Proposes Increases for Education, Minimum Wage and Transit

Gov. Phil Murphy, March 13, 2018. Photo: Millerand
Gov. Phil Murphy, March 13, 2018. Photo: Milleand

Governor Phil Murphy laid out a progressive economic platform in his first state economic address Tuesday, April 13. Gov. Murphy called for a millionaires’ tax and legalization of recreational marijuana sales to help fund universal pre-kindergarten, full-funding of primary and secondary education, free community college along with increases to the Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) program and expanding Tuition Assistant Grant (TAG) funding for students at four-year institutions.…

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Educators and Communities Need to Listen to Students and Work Together To Stop Gun Violence

American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ) President Donna M. Chiera is reaching out to leaders of nearly 50 AFT locals and chapters throughout the state, encouraging them to work with educators, administrators, students and community members to stop gun violence in schools and on campuses. “There is anger and frustration building around the country, which could be destructive unless we channel it into positive change,” said Chiera, a retired teacher.…

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Report Back: Day of Action to Support Collective Bargaining

Thousands of union members at the rally Saturday, Feb. 24
Thousands of union members at the rally Saturday, Feb. 24. Photo: M. Brodsky

“The Janus case reminds us that we need to talk to our colleagues about the benefits of belonging to the union in a way we have never done before,” said Essex County College Adjunct Faculty Treasurer Mark Brodsky, who attended the National Day of Action to Support Collective Bargaining Rights in New York, Saturday, Feb.…

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Bargaining for the Common Good Rally

American Federation of Teachers​ EVP Mary Cathryn Ricker​ and Rutgers AAUP-AFT​ Pres Deepa Kumar​ talk to students at Rutgers University​ about union principles and values with Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops Local 109​ calling for a #FightFor15. Kick off to #ItsAboutFreedom Day of Action for Collective Bargaining AFL-CIO​ #1u #Unrigthesystem #solidarity

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