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Rebecca Panico, TapInto Newark

NEWARK, NJ – A Superior Court judge upheld an arbitrator’s findings in a six-year contract dispute between the former state-operated Newark Public Schools administration and the city’s teachers union.

The Newark Teachers Union filed grievances against the district a year after reaching a contract agreement in 2012 with the former administration. The arbitrator last year found that the district still owed employees certain retroactive payments that were promised in the contract, acording to court records.

The findings were challenged in court following arbitration under former Superintendent Christopher Cerf, who resigned from his position as the district transitioned to local control this year.

In the wake of Superior Court Judge Keith Lynott’s ruling, Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon hoped the current administration would move forward with the remainder of the contractual payments to employees.

“We hope the elected school board and new schools superintendent will respect the contract and their employees enough to put this to an end and accept that binding arbitration is exactly what it means – binding,” Abeigon said in a statement.


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