Education Transition Report Released

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The transition committees released their reports today, including the Education, Access, and Opportunity Transition Advisory Committee, co-chaired by AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera.

“It was an honor to represent the voices of the dedicated professionals of AFTNJ in a new administration where these voices can be heard,” said Chiera. “I am pleased to see this administration has made it a priority to review the state’s charter schools system before moving forward with any expansion.…

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2018 Legislative Conference: “We Care, We Fight, We Vote, We Win”

2018 Convention and Legislative Conference

AFTNJ members met in Atlantic City April 13-14 to learn more about legislative issues and tactics, discover tools to strengthen locals and vote on business and for new officers at the union’s biennial convention.


Convention Report


Conference Report

2018-2020 Officer Election Results
On Saturday, April 14, the following officers were elected for the term July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.Donna
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Graduate Student Unions Are Growing — and Fighting for Social Justice

By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout | Report

Not surprisingly, when graduate students heard that the Republican tax bill included a provision to tax tuition waivers, most became both upset and angry. But rather than despair, they organized. On campus after campus, in city after city, they mobilized to protest the 2017 bill. Their concerns extended beyond the injustice of taxing in-kind financial aid incentives as income, to include a broader progressive agenda: opposing racism, sexism, classism and homophobia; denouncing corporate tax giveaways; fighting the growth of anti-intellectualism; and countering attacks on publicly funded education.…

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Report Back From the Women’s March

Two AFT New Jersey locals sponsored Saturday’s Women’s March on New Jersey which seeks to “harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change by providing a safe and accepting platform for supporters to rally and march in promotion of civil rights for every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, or creed.”…

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Why professors at this N.J. college just got a raise

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Eight months after forming a union, adjunct professors at New Jersey Institute of Technology have negotiated higher pay and an internal path to potentially becoming full-time professors.

The new contract, approved this week by union membership, includes raising the current $1,300 per credit minimum pay to $1,500. Compensation will rise to a minimum of $1,550 per credit in the fall, a nearly 20 percent raise and $750 increase for teaching a three-credit course.…

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Women’s March on New Jersey

When: January 20, 2018 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Morristown, New Jersey

Women's MarchWe are excited to celebrate the achievements of women since last year’s incredible demonstration of resistance through sister marches across the country. Since then, we ran for office, we organized, we told our stories, we listened, and we voted. We are now ready to mobilize women across New Jersey to bring our power to the polls this November, and continue our march towards equity and justice.…

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Art, Storytelling and Social Justice Educational Symposium

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WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 2018 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ
REGISTERhttp://bit.ly/2j0aumu

This symposium will connect educators with advocates, artists, and system-involved youth. The goal of the symposium is to share information on the juvenile justice system and discuss how educators can help transform the system.…

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Murphy turns to Asbury Park for N.J.’s next education commissioner

By Brent Johnson, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy announced Friday he’s nominating the superintendent of Asbury Park schools to be New Jersey’s next education commissioner — and tasked him with helping “revolutionize learning” in the state.

Murphy said Lamont Repollet — who has run the Monmouth County city’s school system since 2014 — will help him with some of his biggest goals for education: eliminating controversial PARCC testing and improving the state’s relationship with teachers after eight years of Republican Gov.…

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Chiera on the Appointment of Dr. Lamont Repollet for Commissioner of Education

“We are grateful to have a Governor with whom we share a vision for education policy that strengthens schools as vital centers for communities, shifts emphasis away from high stakes testing and respects the voices of educators. With a commitment from the state to provide the necessary resources, an accomplished and experienced Commissioner in Dr. Repollet, and the education community working together, we are highly optimistic in a brighter future for New Jersey’s students and families.”…

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NJIT Adjunct Faculty Union Reaches First Agreement

Salary increases, professional development, opportunities for promotions key

NEWARK…New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) adjunct faculty reached a tentative agreement for their first union contract with the university, which promises to raise pay, create a grievance procedure and enhance professional development opportunities. Pay per credit would rise to a $1,500 minimum for the spring semester, which starts this month, and $1,550 for fall semester, which starts in September.…

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