Newark, New Jersey – On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Newark Public Schools held a 2013-2014 Budget Impact Meeting during which labor leaders walked out in protest.
At the meeting, the district revealed their intentions to layoff additional workers, including aides, clerks, parent liaisons, and attendance councilors. Labor leaders cited the recent unanimous Newark Board of Education vote placing a moratorium on such actions as the reason for their walkout.
“The superintendent is required to sit down and discuss ways to avoid the layoffs,” says Joseph Del Grosso, President of the Newark Teachers Union. “Instead, their intent is to unilaterally cut school-based staff with no input from the elected school board, the community or from labor on what is right for the schools.”
The Newark Public Schools also refused to provide those in attendance with a requested list of consultants, consulting firms and itinerant workers.