NJ Student Loan Agency To Staff: Don’t Tell Borrowers About Help Unless They Ask

By Annie Waldman, Propublica

It’s yet another obstacle for borrowers from the country’s largest state-based college loan program

Some restaurants have secret menus, special items that you can only get if you know to ask. New Jersey’s student loan program has secret options, too — borrowers may be able to get help from the agency, but only if they know to ask.…

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NJ beleaguered pension system could get a boost under this new pitch

By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

PHILADELPHIA — Just a few miles from the Democratic National Convention, party leaders — including Senate President Stephen Sweeney and one of the campaign’s early presidential candidates — put the big New Jersey problem of public employee pensions center stage.

And Sweeney offered a new path, saying New Jersey’s beleaguered pension system should consider investing in infrastructure projects for more reliable returns.…

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Press: Perth Amboy Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement with Board of Education

The Perth Amboy Federation, AFT Local 857, AFL-CIO and the Perth Amboy Board of Education are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract covering the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.

The Federation expects to hold a ratification vote in early September. If the settlement is approved by the members, the Board of Education expects to conduct its vote at its September meeting.…

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Hillary reserves ‘seat at the table’ for AFT

#IamWithHer

Hillary Clinton drew big cheers and rounds of thunderous applause from AFT convention delegates July 18 when she detailed a strong vision for public schools and the public sector—one that steers clear of derision and division as it charts a new course toward well-resourced institutions, effective community connections, and solid school strategies forged in partnership with educators on the frontline.
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Rutgers hikes tuition for 2016-17 school year

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW BRUNSWICK — Tuition and fees for Rutgers University’s undergraduate students in New Brunswick will increase 1.7 percent, or about $241 this fall, the lowest price hike in five years at New Jersey’s state university.

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But David Hughes, president of Rutgers’ faculty union, said Rutgers shouldn’t be content with a lower increase than other universities.…

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Ballot Question On Pension Payments Gets Dragged Into TTF Wrangle

By John Reitmeyer

Deadline nears for putting new pension payments on November ballot, but impasse between Christie and Sweeney on transportation funding gets in the way

A statewide ballot question that would require increasing payments into New Jersey’s grossly underfunded public-employee pension system has now been dragged into the debate over renewing the state Transportation Trust Fund.…

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Election 2016: Get Active, Get Involved Aug. 11 in New Brunswick

elections matter

Join your colleagues for a free workshop for AFT leaders, activists and members who want to learn more and work on this election.

Tentative Agenda

  • What’s at Stake Nationally?
  • NJ Ballot Initiatives
  • Pension funding

How You Can Help

  • Voter Registration
  • Vote by Mail
  • Phone Banking
  • Labor Walks
  • Member to Member Contacts

When
Thursday, August 11, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where
Cook Campus Center, Multipurpose Room BC
50 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ

Light Refreshments

RSVP
Limited space is available. …

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Member Activism Supports Increase in Eligibility For Overtime Pay

When AFTNJ Secretary Lucye Millerand recognized that President Obama’s 2014 executive order to more than double the ceiling for overtime eligibility would mean significant changes for workers she sprang into action. Millerand spearheaded a petition and outreach campaign within her administrative staff union at Rutgers University generating over 120 comments through the Department of Labor’s public comment period.After
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School Funding Forum Brings Statewide Education Groups Together

Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney joined with statewide education organizations today for a roundtable discussion on the school funding reform plan that would provide full funding for all school districts in New Jersey, a proposal that would help provide equity and opportunity for all of the state’s schoolchildren.

Seeking to remedy a school funding system that underfunds 80 percent of New Jersey’s school districts, the legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator M.…

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An Open Letter to the New Jersey Legislature from the Union-Side of the State Health Benefits Plan Design Committee

The union representatives to the State Health Benefits Plan Design Committee issued the following letter in response to Governor Christie’s Executive Order on health insurance costs:

Dear Legislator,

Yesterday, Governor Christie issued an Executive Order – EO 209 – that violates Chapter 78, in that he seeks to unilaterally implement plan design changes to the State Health Benefits Plan and the School Employees Health Benefits Plan.…

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