Month: December 2018

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Cumberland County College Workers Vote to Affiliate with AFT

Previously unaffiliated union locals representing more than 60 administrative, student support, information technology and advising positions at Cumberland County College have voted to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey—the largest higher education union in the state.

Academic advisor Steve Stolar, a 38-year employee at Cumberland, is the president of a 41-person Administrators Association of Cumberland County College-AFT.…

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Teachers union critical of Kean ceding control of China campus

Joanna Gagis, Producer/Correspondent, NJTVNews

American teachers at the Wenzhou-Kean campus will be transferred to the control of the Chinese government, and union leaders say this puts them at risk.

“China really does not have a very good record on human rights and on workers’ rights,” said Eric Richard, New Jersey AFL-CIO director of legislation. “The ITUC, International Trade Union Conference, issued their most recent report and China literally received the worst grade possible.”…

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‘Fed Up’ Rutgers Faculty Protest Slow Contract Talks, Threaten To Strike

Carly Sitrin, NJ Spotlight

Hundreds of faculty union members picketed meeting of university’s board of governors, frustrated with stagnant wages and months of fruitless bargaining

Members of several Rutgers faculty unions say they are “fed up” and are threatening to strike over ongoing contract negotiations with the university which they claim have been arduous and opaque.…

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Rutgers profs threaten to strike over ‘shameful behavior’ in contract talks

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

Tired of waiting for a new contract and fed up with an administration they claim is slow-walking negotiations, Rutgers University professors are threatening a strike.

Dozens of professors picketed before Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting in New Brunswick and later blasted President Robert Barchi’s handling of contract talks before the board.…

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Teachers Pressured to Donate to Campaign Fund Linked to North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco

Meanwhile, the News 4 I-Team has obtained a recording of the mayor telling Democrats that “Channel 4 is behaving like criminals” after News 4 broadcast reports of his administration’s alleged corruption and cronyism

By Jonathan Dienst, David Paredes, Erica Jorgensen and Ron Campbell

“Our students’ education is too important to play politics with,” Donna M. Chiera, president of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, said in a statement to News 4.…

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Chiera Joins NJ AFL-CIO Executive Board

Pledging to add the voice of education workers to organized labor, AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera joined the Executive Board of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO labor federation, November 28 in Princeton.

 Donna Chiera, Charles Wowkanech

The group coordinates efforts to elect labor-friendly representatives, promote legislation to advance workers rights, support collective bargaining and organizing efforts.

“I welcome the opportunity to join my sisters and brothers in labor at this level,” Chiera said.…

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