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Tina Pappas, Montclair Local

Former Mayor and present councilman Robert Russo was once arrested–but for a good cause.

As a Newark teacher, he led the 1970 strike for fair living wages and was arrested with 200 other teachers during a demonstration downtown marching against what he referred to as “a corrupt city government and board of education.”…

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Hero: Dorothea Graham-King

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Dorothea Graham-King and Donna Chiera

Local: Hudson CCC Support Staff Federation
Since Dorothea Graham-King was elected to office she has shown major responsibility in making sure that our members read and understand their rights as written in the contract. She spends a lot of time on many union issues and does the research when it comes to protecting the rights of our members, as well as ensuring that the contract negotiations take place in a timely manner.…

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Hero: Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre

Local: Kean Federation of Teachers
Frank has served our union and students with compassion and distinction in his role as KFT member and as a member of the board of the Latino Action Network (LAN). In these capacities, he testified at the Legislature in support of legislation to curb abuses of students by New Jersey’s student loan program, legislation that was signed into law last year.…

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Hero: Kenneth Brook

Local: Montclair State University Federation of Teachers
From the moment Ken Brook came to Montclair State University in 1970 he immediately became an integral part of the local. He soon assumed the role of Chief Negotiator and signed his first contract on behalf of the Local in 1981. Ken continues to be a steadfast believer in the labor movement and a staunch defender of worker rights, academic freedom and human rights.…

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Heroes: Membership Recruitment Blitz Participants

Local: William Paterson University-AFT

The faculty and professional staff who participated in our Membership Recruitment Blitz: Cristen Beam, Steve Betts, Caesar Castro, Joel Davis, Terry Finnegan, Emma Heaney, Phoebe Jackson, Matthew Kendrick, Weihua Liu, Rey Martinez, John Mason, Judy Matthew, John Parras, Robert Rosen, Cindy Simon, Chris Weber, Chriss Williams, Martha Witt

These local heroes are rank and file faculty and professional staff who volunteered hours of their time to help increase our membership and keep our union strong.…

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2018-2020 Election Results

On Saturday, the following officers were elected for the term July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Donna Chiera, President
Sue Tardi, Executive VP Higher Education
Rob Barbier, Executive VP PreK-12
Jennifer Higgins, Treasurer
Lucye Millerand, Secretary

PREK-12 VICE PRESIDENTS
Michael Backo
Christopher Canik
Leslie Correa
Carol Graff
Michael Iovino
Jerry Moore
Patricia Paradiso
Robin Pinckney-St.…

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Mayor Baraka, Asm. Benson, Commish Asaro-Angelo Recognized

A North Jersey Mayor, a Central Jersey Assemblyman and the new Commissioner of Labor are winners of AFTNJ awards and recognition at the Legislative Conference awards luncheon April 14 in Atlantic City.

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Baraka (left) accepts endorsement from DelGrosso (to his right) in 2014.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka is the Joe DelGrosso Friend of Education for bringing together the education community to successfully advocate for local control.…

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2018-2020 Sample Ballot; ‘Thanks’ to Outgoing Treasurer Amabile

2018-2020 sample ballotVoting for 29 AFTNJ positions will take place at the AFTNJ Convention April 14, 2018 by registered delegates in accordance with the AFTNJ constitution.

The 2018-2020 sample ballot has been distributed to delegates  in advance of the April 14 convention.

One notable change is the absence of Treasurer Joe Amabile, a Newark teacher. Amabile decided not to run for re-election and AFTNJ President Donna M.…

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Reps. Pallone and Norcross, Candidate Kim To Join Legislative Conference

Confirmations are coming in as the overall agenda takes shape for the April 13-14 Legislative Conference in Atlantic City.

Donald Norcross Rep. Donald Norcross On Friday night, Congressman Donald Norcross will join the welcome dinner program. Rep Norcross is the only electrician in Congress and worked for years installing and restoring power for New Jersey homes, businesses and industrial sites.
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Citizens Campaign Coming to AFTNJ Legislative Conference

Scharron Little of the Citizens Campaign will be leading a late afternoon workshop at the AFTNJ Legislative Conference on Friday, April 13 in Atlantic City.

The organization aims to provide tools and training for effecting political change in communities and reminds citizens that, “You don’t need to be an elected official to get things done.”…

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