Suzanne Russell, Bridgewater Courier News
PERTH AMBOY – City public school students have sat bundled in winter coats and hats at their desks in cold classrooms in recent weeks, according to a teachers union president.
“The teachers are at their wits end about this. The children are cold and uncomfortable and it’s hard to focus,” said Pat Paradiso, president of the Perth Amboy Federation-AFT, the union that represents 1,600 district teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians and other district employees.…
“As the new Congress is sworn in, the current House should add one fundamental issue to the many, including doing what it can to end the shutdown and restore lost pay to federal workers, that necessitate action. Congress should put politics aside and grant fair raises to federal workers. At a recent faculty meeting, my colleagues and I at RVCC issued a resolution to that effect and now is the time for implementation,” said business professor Pattiann Kletz, president of the faculty union.…Read more