As Newark school budget calls for layoffs, union fights back

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — A top union official criticized today a proposal from Newark Public Schools to base any teacher layoffs it makes for the next school year on performance instead of seniority alone.

“The proposal is just another scam in getting what she really wants: the destruction of tenure, seniority and collective bargaining,” Newark Teachers Union’s operations director John Abeigon said referring to Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.

“Every successful district in the state of New Jersey has tenure, seniority and a collective bargaining agreement. So what’s her excuse for failure?”

Faced with mounting bills from charter schools, Newark Public Schools will seek to save money by shedding some of its staff, district officials said Thursday.