President’s Message

I want to thank those of you who attended our membership meeting on Friday, September 27th.  For the members who were not able to attend, the following is a brief summary of what we discussed.

First, we introduced our new members and provided a membership update.  This was followed by a Treasurer’s Report.  Also discussed was the status of the Agency Fee petition we filed with the NJ Public Employment Relations Commission (at the time of our meeting we reported that they were still processing our request.  On September 30th, we received notification from PERC that our local was granted agency fee.)

One of the more important topics was Vacation Time Carryover/Usage. There is a fairly clear explanation of how this provision works in our contract.  Further clarification was sent previously in an email to all members.  If you have any questions on this issue, please contact me. 

We also announced our scholarship winner as well as the recipient of the Professional Recognition award.

Regarding our various committees, we gave thanks and recognition to those who have served previously and those who will be serving this academic year.  We also made specific reference to the absentee voting process for the Sabbatical Committee as well as the election of Delegates.

As local elections will be coming up shortly, we tried to promote interest in running for office.  We are hoping to generate interest from some fresh faces and welcome any questions regarding the responsibilities and duties of leadership.

The annual election and holiday party will take place on December 5th in Davidson C&D.  Lastly, we talked about Lunch & Learn, possibly in January.   Request was made for topics of interest.

If you were not able to attend and need more info on any of the above, please feel free to contact me.


Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.