N.J. public worker pension referendum moves closer to ballot

By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — The state Assembly took its final step Monday toward placing a referendum on the fall ballot asking voters to commit to spending billions of dollars to repair the public worker pension system.

With the governor cut out of the ballot question process, it is now up to the Democratic-controlled Senate to see the referendum onto this fall’s general election ballot.…

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Group seeks reduction in Rutgers tuition and fees

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

A coalition at Rutgers is pushing for a rollback of 2.5 percent when the governing board sets tuition and fees next month for the 2016-17 school year.

It’s a quixotic quest to be sure, as even calls for a freeze were unsuccessful in recent years, when increases ranged between 2 and 3 percent.…

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Union County College slammed with sanction by AAUP

By Elana Knopp

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Delegates to the 102nd annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors voted in Washington, D.C. last week to place Union County College on its list of institutions sanctioned for violating AAUP-supported standards of academic government.

Association investigations said it revealed serious departures by the administration and governing board from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by the Association.…

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Chiera Honored for Labor Leadership

State AFL-CIO Cites ‘Union Solidarity’ and Advocacy

ATLANTIC CITY … Based on her support for other unions in addition to her commitment to building the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ), the New Jersey State AFL-CIO selected AFTNJ president Donna M. Chiera as ‘Labor Person of the Year.’

“This recognition is made possible by the collective efforts of the leaders and activists in our statewide federation representing 30,000 education workers,” said Chiera.…

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Lights out at Perth Amboy Board of Education meeting

By Susan Loyer

PERTH AMBOY – It was lights out at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting.

Parents, along with Mayor Wilda Diaz, gathered with school educators at the meeting in hopes of calling on the Board of Education to bargain a fair contract with the union representing the district’s staff.

But that all came to an abrupt halt when power to the high school, where the meeting was held, went out.…

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PSE&G claims no responsibility for outage that cut short Perth Amboy School Board meeting

Power suddenly went out during a meeting between the school board and teachers arguing for better health benefits

Nearly 100 teachers, union members, and even parents gathered at Perth Amboy High School on Thursday night to protest the lack of a new contract with better health benefits for teachers.

The meeting was being held as part of an effort to come to a resolution with the Board of Education after arguments.…

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Press: Perth Amboy Educators Call on Board For Fair Contract

Parents, Mayor Diaz Join Community Push to Break Impasse

PERTH AMBOY… Parents and the mayor are joining Perth Amboy educators in calling on the Board of Education to bargain a fair contract with the union representing the district’s staff. Educators have been working without a contract for a year, according to Perth Amboy Federation-AFT union president Patricia Paradiso, a third-grade teacher.…

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What’s next for N.J. public worker pensions?

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — With two major government worker pension court battles concluded, the next front in public workers’ fight for retirement benefits is a ballot question considering a constitutional amendment forcing the state to make annual contributions in the pension system.

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The Legislature approved the ballot question last year and must pass it again this year with a simple majority in order to qualify for the fall election.…

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Who’s got N.J. pension amnesia? Christie or candidate Phil Murphy?

By The Auditor, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Auditor always loves a good fact-check, so when Gov. Chris Christie took aim at 2017 candidate for governor Phil Murphy over pensions, it was clear that merriment would soon abound.

Addressing the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, the governor disparaged Murphy as “another multimillionaire Goldman-Sachs executive,” and, in a clear reference to defeated Democratic Gov.…

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Pranks, slurs and infighting: A look inside the Kean University police

By S.P. Sullivan, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — Kean University’s administration grappled for years with infighting and bad behavior within its police force, including racially and sexually charged pranks, alleged abuse of overtime and other wrongdoing, court records and documents obtained by NJ Advance Media show.

Kean officials say they took “prompt and remedial action” after a 2010 internal review revealed “long-term examples of unprofessional and sophomoric behavior” within the taxpayer-funded department.…

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Will Trump and Charter Schools Be Another Scam? Just Look at Pal Carl Icahn’s Lucrative School ‘Charity’

There are troubling parallels between Trump and Icahn, who used his charity to turn a profit while enjoying massive tax savings.

By George Joseph, AlterNet

Most people know Carl Icahn as a real-life Gordon Gekko—the investor who helped drive Trans World Airlines to bankruptcy, selling the company’s prime routes and saddling it with debt, while pocketing millions for himself.…

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