2016 Convention and Legislative Conference Schedules

Friday April 8

3:00-7:00 PM Registration

4:00-5:30 – Issue to Message: Janet Bass, AFT Deputy Director, Communications

6:00-9:00 – Welcome, Dinner

Presentation – Setting the Agenda:  Ed Muir, Manager, AFT Research and Strategic Initiatives

National Update:  Honorable Congressman Donald Norcross, U.S. District One

Saturday April 9

7:30-9:00 AM Registration

7:45-8:45 AM Breakfast and Speaker

9:00-11:30 AFTNJ Convention (registered delegates/alternates only)

11:45-1:15 Breakout Sessions:

  • 2016 Pension Ballot Referendum
  • Advancing Adjuncts
  • Faculty and Professional Staff Evaluation and Assessment: Do’s, Don’ts, and Pitfalls
  • 10 Essential Elements of an Effective Lobby Visit

1:30-3:00 Lunch, Speaker, Election Results, Awards

1:30-3:00PM – Award Luncheon

Friend of Labor:  Lawrence Hamm, Chairman, People’s Organization for Progress

Joe Del Grosso Friend of Education PK-12:  Charlie Wowkanech, President, NJ AFLCIO

Friend of Education HE:  Gordon MacInnes, President, NJ Policy Perspective

Ray Peterson Pride of the Union Award: Dave McClure, Union County College

Local Hero Awards

3:00-5:00PM – United Adjunct Local 2222 Membership Meeting…

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Passaic County Community College faces setback in efforts to offer bachelor’s degree

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Passaic County Community College was dealt a setback Monday in its attempts to be one of the first two-year colleges in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree — at a fraction of the cost of those from a traditional four-year school.

The Paterson-based school and its counterpart in Union County both have put forth proposals to offer bachelors’ degrees in nursing, citing a need for more affordable programs.…

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College Presidents Reject Letting Community Colleges Offer Nursing B.S. Degrees

By Tara Nurin

Issue seen as referendum on academic reach and mission of county colleges now heads to Secretary of Higher Education

New Jersey community colleges seeking to offer four-year degree programs suffered a significant setback yesterday when an advisory board comprised primarily of the state’s public college and university presidents voted against the proposal by a margin of one vote.…

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Reverend: Lesniak has sat idly by

Protesters against Kean president rally outside senator’s Union office

By Peter Fiorilla, Staff Writer

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rather than fade away during the winter months, the ministers’ coalition protesting structural racism at Kean University battled the elements in another rally on Monday, Jan. 18, outside of State Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s Union office on Stuyvesant Avenue.…

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Kean announces consultant to review employment practices after MLK Day protest

By Rebecca Panico

Kean University announced yesterday that an independent consultant has been chosen to evaluate Kean’s employment practices after protesters raised concerns about discrimination at the university during two recent rallies.

“Rev. Michael Blackwell, a seasoned professional in compliance reviews, has been engaged by the Board Governance Committee as an independent consultant to review and evaluate data related to University employment practices, trends and affirmative action procedures,” the university said in a statement.…

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Gender Justice Media Training

In a collaborative effort, the Center for Innovation in Worker Organizing and the Center for Women and Work at the Rutgers University School of Labor and Employment Relations is pleased to announce a two-day Gender Justice media training workshop. It will be conducted by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Jobs With Justice, and the Scholars Strategy Network. Women faculty, union leaders and members and community leaders are invited to participate.…

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