Month: August 2017


Weingarten Meets with New Teachers in North Bergen

AFT President Randi Weingarten met with the incoming crop of new teachers to the North Bergen school district Monday, talking frankly about the challenges they face and offering the union’s resoures to help them succeed on Monday, August 28. Weingarten said the North Bergen Federation of Teachers (NBFT) is characterized by a commitment to professional development, advocacy and mutual support.…

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AFT Teachers, Leaders Talk Ed Policy With Murphy, Oliver

A roundtable of teachers from Garfield, Newark, North Bergen and Perth Amboy met with AFT-endorsed candidates for Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver to talk about challenges they face in the classroom and hopes for education policy decisions made by educators.

AFT President Randi Weingarten led the discussion with AFT New Jersey President Donna M.…

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Murphy, Oliver address concerns at AFT educator roundtable

By Elana Knopp

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Sheila Oliver met with educators from four communities Monday to discuss solutions for improving New Jersey’s public schools.

The educator roundtable, held at Newark’s AFT–Newark Teachers Union headquarters, offered teachers representing public schools in Newark, Perth Amboy, North Bergen, and Garfield a chance to share ideas for improving education and to voice their concerns regarding the current state of public education.…

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Please Donate To Help Texas

When Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, AFT immediately reached out and activated the disaster fund  to help offset expenses for members who lost homes, cars and valuables. As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on families across Texas, AFT’s disaster fund will be there again, helping members rebuild and get on with their lives.  AFT cannot do it alone, they need our help.…

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AFT’s Randi Weingarten Coming to NJ for Murphy

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.6 million members nationwide, will join Murphy and his lieutenant governor candidate, Sheila Oliver, for a round table discussion with educators from Newark, North Bergen, Perth Amboy and Garfield.

The discussion will center on challenges educators may be facing as the new school year approaches and amid a series of changes in education policy from President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.…

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N.J. college president stepping down after recent tension on campus

By Payton Guion, NJ Advance Media for

WAYNE–The president of William Paterson University will step down at the end of the 2017-18 school year after serving as head of the state university since 2010.


“Faculty and professional staff members expressed strong feelings that this was the appropriate action to take, especially since President Waldron has consistently failed to meet Board of Trustee enrollment benchmarks, even when they have been lowered by the board,” Arlene Holpp Scala, the senate chairwoman said at the time.…

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LaborDay 2017: When Workers Have Freedom to Join a Union Everyone Benefits

Big corporations, politicians and wealthy interests have rigged our economy and our politics against working people for decades. They have robbed Americans of the freedom to earn a decent living, have work-life balance, take a loved one to the doctor or attend a parent-teacher conference without fear of losing their job, and retire with dignity.

This Labor Day, workers are confronting the rigged system – and the politicians and corporations who prop it up – and putting unions front and center in the national conversation.…

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United Adjunct Faculty Endorse Campus Equity Week

United Adjunct Faculty of New Jersey, Local 2222, with chapters at ten community colleges, endorsed Campus Equity Week, starting October 30. The week is intended to promote awareness of the harmful consequences of the precarious situation of faculty in higher education, to organize for action, and to build solidarity among stakeholders, according to Campus Equity 2017.…

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