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Zahra Bukhari Awarded Yovnello Scholarship

As a Muslim-American woman of mixed ethnicity, Rutgers student Zahra Bukhari said she has always been categorized as the “other” and embraced activism by bringing people together through art. For her social justice work, Bukhari has been named the “Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship” winner by the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, according to political education chair Kay Schechter.…

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Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship Winners: Students Confront Campus Rape Culture, Anti-LGBTQ and Anti-Muslim Bias

Scholarship winners Amanda Gonzalez and Maryam Sarhan tell the stories of their activism. Amanda, Maryam and Kelsea Rowan were honored as recipients of Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarships for confronting campus rape culture, anti-Muslim bias and promoting acceptance of LGBTQ students and organizations.

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2016 Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship

To honor Nick Yovnello, former President of AFT College Council and longtime fighter for workers’ rights and expanded educational access, the AFTNJ awards one scholarship of $1000.00 to an eligible student activist who demonstrates a commitment to fight for social and economic justice.

2016 Scholarship: (Deadline passed).
Video from last year’s scholarship brunch

See more video and photos from last year’s brunch.…

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Photos: Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship

AFTNJ members and leaders gathered to support students who are making a difference. Members from Perth Amboy Federation…

Posted by AFT New Jersey on Monday, September 28, 2015

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New Jersey locals fend off take-backs

State’s demands were ‘onerous’ and ‘unprecedented,’ say negotiators

After 14 months of difficult negotiations with the state, and with state college and university presidents, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals reached a tentative agreement on July 2. The contract, which will cover more than 4,000 full-time faculty, librarians and professional staff at nine institutions, is retroactive to July 1, 2011, and runs through June 30, 2015.…

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Washington Township man charged in double-fatal crash that killed Rowan University union leader

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WASHINGTON TWP. — A Turnersville man has been charged with death by auto, assault by auto and driving while intoxicated in connection with a July 7 crash that killed a man and woman.

It was 1 p.m. when Michael Sawyer, 31, crashed into a vehicle, allegedly causing the deaths of Sara Franks, 94, of Harrogate Court, and Nicholas Yovnello, 64, of Monroeville, a long-time fixture at Rowan University in Glassboro, said police.…

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Video: State Colleges Reach Tentative Labor Contract; Union Rep Says State Workers Not Greedy

The union representing faculty and professional staff at nine state colleges and universities has reached a tentative contract after 14 months of working without one. While the agreement, reached last Wednesday, was a relief for the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, the council’s president, Nicholas Yovnello, was killed in a car crash Saturday. Council of New Jersey State College Locals Executive Director Steve Young told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that Yovnello’s passing was a tragedy for all involved.…

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AFT mourns loss of Nick Yovnello, N.J. higher ed leader

The AFT is remembering the longtime contributions of Nicholas Yovnello, president of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, who died in a car accident July 7 in Washington Township, N.J. He was 64.

Yovnello was a member of the AFT Higher Education program and policy council. He led the CNJSCL starting in 1997, and served as president of the Federation of Rowan College Educators from 1993 to 1999.…

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Obituary: Nicholas Yovnello

AGE: 64 • Monroeville

Nicholas Yovnello, Rowan University professor and President of the Council of NJ State College Locals, passed tragically on July 7, 2012.

Nick was beloved brother to Leonard (Maureen), Anthony (Linda), and Christine (Martin) and loving son of the late Dolores.

Nick graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan) in 1969 with a BA in Secondary Education and History, ultimately earning degrees in Library Science, Information Science and Labor History.…

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