Newark Adjunct Teachers Rally At NJIT For More Pay, ‘Recognition’

By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff

Adjunct teachers at NJIT in Newark say they’re taking a stand against a “toxic culture” that asks too much of its lowest-paid faculty.

“We are calling for NJIT management to bargain a fair contract that recognizes the contributions of highly-skilled, experienced adjunct faculty and addresses what has become a toxic culture of over-reliance on severely under-compensated professionals to teach and perform many vital campus functions,” said New Jersey native and architecture teacher Susan Bristol.…

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Tell Your Representative: Don’t Raise My Taxes to Give to Millionaires

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Did you know that 80% of the tax cuts in the GOP bill (which may be voted on Thursday) go to the top 1% over the next decade? Tell your congressional representative to vote against the bill and stand with working families in his district.

Public services that benefit all citizens including education, public safety, public health services and infrastructure projects which will suffer if millionaires evade paying their fair share.…

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Newark Teachers Union Gets 189 New Members

Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff

Almost 200 Newark public school workers voted to join their peers as members of the 4,000-strong Newark Teachers Union.

NEWARK, NJ — Almost 200 Newark public school workers voted to join their peers as members of the 4,000-strong Newark Teachers Union (NTU) last week. The 189 new union members include operations managers and assistants, community engagement specialists, family advocates, partnership and transition coordinators and data analysts, according to the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ).…

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AFT on Re-election of NJ Sen. Steve Sweeney

WASHINGTON-AFT President Randi Weingarten on the re-election of New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney:
“AFT members-K-12 educators; college professors, adjunct faculty and staff; and nurses and healthcare professionals-worked hard side by side others in the labor movement to re-elect Steve Sweeney, who for years has served as a check on the Christie administration and a champion for working people.…

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AFT on NJ Governor’s Race

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten on the New Jersey governor’s race:

“Tonight’s victory represents new hope and new opportunity for the people of New Jersey. For far too long, the governor’s office has been occupied by a blustering bully who disrespected educators, nurses and working people. Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver are a breath of fresh air: They respect and value the work and voice of educators and believe in the promise of public education for all children.…

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Press: Review of Rutgers’ Finances Shows Plenty of Money; Shortage of Transparency

How much does Rutgers central administration really have at its disposal in unrestricted reserves? Does the school’s budgeting system funnel money from departments away from students and academics? How much does bloated executive pay cost Rutgers University? In past reviews, Dr. Bunsis found that Rutgers Athletics were not close to self-supporting, as funds from student fees and the core academic fund were utilized and the university is lacking in transparency—basic information on budgets and enrollment were not publicly available.…

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Educators Say: ‘No Place For Racism In Elections’

Statement from AFT New Jersey President Donna M. Chiera and NJCU Education Professor Dr. Lois Weiner about Racist Campaign Fliers Distributed In Edison and Hoboken

Chiera said, “These racist and anti-immigrant materials are absolutely horrible, but not surprising in today¹s environment. Whoever anonymously distributed them is repeating what the President of the United States is saying every day.…

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Press: Newark Public Schools Workers Vote to Join Teachers Union

Nearly 200 school operations staff join Newark Teachers Union to improve education for students

NTU PERC new organizing certification ruling

NEWARK—Seeking stability in annual appointments and inclusion in district-wide bargaining, 189 Newark Public Schools’ workers have voted to join their peers as members of the 4,000-strong Newark Teachers Union.

The new cohort includes operations managers and assistants, community engagement specialists, family advocates, partnership and transition coordinators and data analysts.…

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