Month: May 2017


NJIT Adjunct Teachers Unionize In Newark, Criticize School’s ‘Uber Driver’ Approach

NJIT adjuncts say that the “Uber driver approach” to hiring is forcing them to “take on as many classes as possible in order to survive.”

By Eric Kiefer (Patch Staff)

NEWARK, NJ — More than 300 adjunct faculty professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have voted to form a union local at the Newark-based university, according to a recent news release from the American Federation of Teachers.…

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May 31: Advocacy Summit

053117 advocacy summitLearn how to advocate for your students and families.

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, 4:00-7:00 PM

$25 registration fee. Register at

Meet and greet Congressman Frank Pallone and State Assemblywoman Marlene Caride as they are honored as our Legislators of the Year. Listen to representatives from AFTNJ, UndocuJersey, Education Law Center, and PreK Our Way who will inspire us to advocate for students and families.…

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Scam Alert: No New Jersey Campaign For Bank Information

AFT nationally is fighting bills to take away payroll deduction in Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. This year we fought and thwarted threats to payroll deduction in Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Montana and North Dakota. Finally, we currently have members on bank draft dues collection in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. The effort by the anti-union ideologues to defund our unions will no doubt continue and eliminating payroll education is one attack.…

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William Paterson Unions Vote ‘No-Confidence’ in President Waldron; Call for Change in Leadership

WAYNE…William Paterson University president Kathleen Waldron has earned a “trifecta of no confidence” votes, according to American Federation of Teachers Local 1796 president Susanna Tardi, a sociology professor. On Tuesday, May 16, the William Paterson AFT local, representing faculty, professional staff and librarians, and the William Paterson CWA local, representing administrative and clerical personnel, joined the Faculty Senate which voted “no confidence” in the President’s ability to move the university forward May 4.…

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Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Local Endorses Murphy

Part Time Lecturers Local Calls on Rutgers to Keep Pace With Big 10 Schools

Faculty leaders believe that Rutgers University entrance into the Big 10 conference should emphasize academic best practices as much as football fundamentals and have a candidate who shares their vision in Phil Murphy, according to journalism professor Teresa Politano, President of the union local.…

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Newark Teachers Union Inks New Contract — Without Oprah, Zuckerberg

John Mooney

After more than a year at the bargaining table, NTU walks away with contract that protects performance bonuses, includes raises

Four years ago, a landmark contract for Newark public school teachers warranted a public signing and a press conference, complete with Gov. Chris Christie and the national president of the American Federation of Teachers.…

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Video: Montclair Adjunct Faculty Awardees

Ruth Clark

Prof. Clark started teaching at Montclair State University more than three decades ago as a way to give back to the community and brings a wealth of experience to her craft.

Karen Guancione

Guancione is a practicing artist who brings her craft to Montclair State University students. She mixes art with activism.

Chris Natale

Biology Adjunct Faculty member, Natale has been teaching at Montclair State University for 20 years and brings pharmaceutical industry experience.…

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News About Carimer Andujar, President of UndocRutgers #StandWithCarimer #HandsOffCarimer

Third year chemical engineering student Carimer Andujar has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of undocumented students, joining the Rutgers AFT unions in calling on Rutgers University to provide ‘sanctuary’ to undocumented students. Andujar’s DACA renewal was delayed and she was called for a meeting with ICE May 9. Due to concern that Andujar could be deported or detained, Rutgers faculty union spearheaded a community response to mobilize supporters, call on politicians, and eventually accompany her to the federal building in Newark for her hearing.…

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N.J. prof meets Pope Francis to discuss genocide prevention

By Matt Gray, For

GALLOWAY — A Stockton University professor recently met with Pope Francis to discuss the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, the school announced.

Elisa Von Joeden-Forgey, a professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and human rights lawyer Irene Victoria Massimino met privately with the Pope at the Vatican on May 5 to discuss the threat posed by ISIS.…

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WATCH: Newark surprises its 2017 Teacher of the Year

By Karen Yi, NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — Walk into Brian Klasner’s classroom and odds are, you won’t find him sitting at his desk or lecturing at the front — he’ll be among his students.

On Tuesday, when a dozen school administrators, members of the media and fellow colleagues surprised Klasner to crown him Newark’s Teacher of the Year, he was sitting near the back of the room with a group of students.…

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Rutgers union grows with NJIT adjunct faculty, graduate workers

By Bob Makin, Courier News and Home Tribune

More than 300 adjunct faculty professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have voted to form a union local.

The state Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC), the entity that regulates public sector unions in New Jersey, certified the vote on April 25. The local is affiliating with the Rutgers American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers.…

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Faculty votes no confidence in William Paterson University president

By MaryAnn Spoto, NJ Advance Media for

WAYNE — The faculty senate at William Paterson University passed a vote of no confidence against the president, who members say has failed to bring improvements to the school.

With their 24-10 vote against President Kathleen Waldron taken on Thursday, members of the faculty senate are not calling for her firing, but want her to focus on developing a better working relationship with the educators there, said Arlene Holpp Scala, faculty senate chairwoman.…

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April 12 Day of Action for Higher Education and a Fair Contract

The Council of New Jersey State College Locals held a “Day of Action” on April 12 in support of its demands for a new contract. Hundreds of faculty, adjunct faculty, librarians and professional staff, joined by students and activists from sister unions, rallied and marched at campuses across the State, drawing attention to the fact that we have been working without a new contract since July 1, 2015.…

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