Month: February 2018

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Workers Striking Across Country in Face of Attack on Public Sector

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said, “Being forced into a strike is always the last resort for workers—the dedicated school system in West Virginia and graduate workers at the University of Illinois—are no exceptions. I am an educator first and hate for any child to miss school, but the long-term benefits of having a better education system in West Virginia are worth the short time schools remain closed.…

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Bargaining for the Common Good Rally

American Federation of Teachers​ EVP Mary Cathryn Ricker​ and Rutgers AAUP-AFT​ Pres Deepa Kumar​ talk to students at Rutgers University​ about union principles and values with Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops Local 109​ calling for a #FightFor15. Kick off to #ItsAboutFreedom Day of Action for Collective Bargaining AFL-CIO​ #1u #Unrigthesystem #solidarity…

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Rutgers students, workers march to demand $15 minimum wage on campus

Alexis Johnson, NJ Advance Media for

Hundreds of Rutgers students and unionized employees rallied Friday in a continued push for higher wages for all campus workers.


Members of Rutgers’ faculty union, the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers, also attended the rally. They pledged to stand in solidarity with the students while also fighting for union workers’ rights.…

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Protest planned at Rutgers-New Brunswick for $15 minimum wage

Nick Muscavage

NEW BRUNSWICK – Student groups and unions are planning a protest at Rutgers University, calling for a $15 minimum wage for university employees.

On Friday, Feb.23, student groups, a coalition of Rutgers unions and representatives from campuses across the nation will hold a rally and march at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

The action, initiated by the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors — American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), will call on the Rutgers administration to establish a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers and to bargain in good faith with Rutgers unions representing 20,000 workers at the university.…

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Chiera On Appointment of Zakiya Smith Ellis for Secretary of Higher Education

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said: “We believe that higher education is a public good and encourage Governor Murphy to make sure that the incoming Secretary of Higher Education has the support and tools to make higher education more readily available to New Jersey students and families. As the largest higher education union in New Jersey, we have long advocated for more coordination at the state level so that our schools have incentives to cooperate and collaborate rather than competing for resources and in programs.…

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Brookdale Community College Adjunct Faculty Unionize

EDISON…More than 450 adjunct faculty at Brookdale Community College have voted to unionize and join the largest higher education union in the state, according to Joan Carroll, who teaches math at the school and is a member of the new union’s leadership team.  “We stuck together and now have our unified official voice for interacting with Brookdale’s administration along with a forum of communication among adjuncts,” Carroll said.…

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NJIT Adjunct Faculty Get 1st Union Contract, Pay Raise

The adjunct faculty members at New Jersey Institute of Technology have reached a milestone: their first union contract.

Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff

NEWARK, NJ — The adjunct faculty members at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have reached a milestone… their first union contract.

The 300-plus adjunct faculty members, who voted to form a union in May, are affiliated with the Rutgers American Association of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT).…

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In N.J., new administration giving ‘pause’ to charter schools

Maddie Hanna, The Inquirer

Murphy, a Democrat, named leaders of the New Jersey Education Association and American Federation of Teachers New Jersey among the cochairs of his education transition committee.

“We … need to make sure we’re not continually taking money out of the traditional neighborhood public schools, robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Donna Chiera, president of AFT New Jersey.…

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More N.J. adults are flunking the GED. Here’s why.

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for

When test makers overhauled the GED nearly four years ago, they said the new computerized version of the high school equivalency test would be a better, more accurate exam than the old pencil-and-paper version.

But, fewer New Jerseyans are taking the GED — and significantly more are failing — in the wake of the 2014 makeover of the test, according to a new report by Rutgers University researchers.…

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