Rutgers workers rally in New Brunswick for contract negotiations

Nick Muscavage, Bridgewater Courier News

NEW BRUNSWICK – Several hundred Rutgers workers and students rallied in the city Friday calling for “fair contract negotiations,” according to a union.

The workers met prior to Rutgers President Robert Barchi’s state of the university address, calling for fair contract negotiations for faculty, staff and student workers whose contracts expired in June.…

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Rutgers says president Robert Barchi has agreed to stay on for two more years

Catherine Carrera, North Jersey Record

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“It’s a slap in the face to the 20,000 employees who are working without a contract,” said Rebecca Givan, treasurer of the AAUP-AFT, representing 7,700 of those employees. “The board of governors has decided to reward Barchi in spite of ongoing scandals, and hardworking employees aren’t getting respect at the bargaining table.”…

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The 50th Anniversary of Montclair State University’s Faculty Union

Sam Carliner, Montclairian

Often used as a lecture hall for students, Room 133 in the Center for Computing and Information Sciences became the venue for a special birthday celebration last Friday. Montclair State University faculty, different planning departments and guests from several other New Jersey schools filled the space to celebrate 50 years of the Montclair State faculty union.…

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AFTNJ On Governor’s Call To Curb Health Insurance Cost Excesses

SEHBP agreement to yield savings for members and state

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said, “New Jersey’s skilled and dedicated educators, healthcare professionals and public workers deserve quality health care and this agreement is a step in the right direction. We look forward to working with Governor Murphy and the legislature to curb what the Governor terms as the harmful aspects of Chapter 78 legislation.…

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Rutgers to cooperate with U.S. Education Department’s reopening of anti-Semitism probe

Susan Snyder, Inquirer

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The decision didn’t sit well with David Hughes, a Rutgers anthropology professor and vice president of the faculty union.

“We’re feeling that this is a very unfair way to treat our institution,” he said. “We’re also feeling that it doesn’t make sense.”

He referred to the Times report that said the federal government appears to be including opposition to Zionism as anti-Semitic.…

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Welcome New AFT National Rep: Shannon Sullivan

Shannon SullivanExperienced in helping unions develop in so-called “right-to-work” states, Shannon Sullivan will be working with AFT New Jersey. National representatives support new and internal organizing, political efforts, training, and building strategic campaigns. She will work with project staffers (who are assigned to organizing campaigns), local and state leaders and state and local staff representatives.

“This is a critical time for AFT locals in New Jersey and we are committed to engaging members in the upcoming mid-term elections, promoting an emphasis on organizing, and helping locals implement new data tools,” said AFTNJ President Donna M.…

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Hijacked By Billionaires: How The Super Rich Buy Elections To Undermine Public Schools

An Network for Public Education Action Investigative Report

Hijacked By Billionaires This report provides some insight into how the very wealthy insert themselves into local elections through direct contributions, Independent Expenditure Committees and even non-profit organizations. We focus on nine elections to provide insight into how in races large and small, some very wealthy Americans are trying to control the education of our nation’s children while undermining the anchor of our local communities—the neighborhood public school.…

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Remembering Peter Lamprakos, Nov. 14, 1926 – Sept. 9, 2018

Peter Lamprokos Born in Perth Amboy to a Greek immigrant family of modest means, he pursued social justice as a history teacher, union leader, activist, and friend to those in need.

Peter enlisted in the Navy in World War II and thanks to the GI bill, received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the the University of Detroit, and later Master’s degrees in history (Rutgers) and education (Kean).…

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AFT New Jersey Supports Emphasis on ‘Teaching Not Testing;’ Reduction of High Stakes Impact of PARCC

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said, “Teachers should be able to focus on educating the whole child to be successful in college or career; to be well-rounded as developing citizens. Reducing the emphasis on teaching to the test means that classroom educators can innovate and personalize lessons to students’ needs. We appreciate having a Department of Education that listened to educators’ voices and made the appropriate decision to reduce the weight of PARCC scores on teacher evaluations.…

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