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Following an intensive lobbying effort by NJEA members who sent over 1,500 emails and showed up in Trenton today with NJEA leaders and staff to speak to senators directly, Senate President Steve Sweeney cancelled a scheduled vote on S-979. That bill contained language that would have infringed on NJEA members’ collective bargaining rights.Read
Created on Thursday, October 20, 2016
NJEA members, leaders and staff descended upon Trenton today to convince senators to reject S-979, a bill that seeks to eliminate the right to bargain health insurance waivers.
In March, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-979 from committee. This bill, sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21), infringes upon public employees’ right to collectively bargain. S-979 is scheduled for a floor vote by the Senate this Thursday, Oct. 20. NJEA OPPOSES THIS BILL because it interferes with the collective bargaining process! Write to your Senator and ask him or her to vote NO on S-979.Read
Created on Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC) today unanimously endorsed Ambassador Phil Murphy for the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.Read
Created on Saturday, October 08, 2016
NJEA praised today’s long-overdue announcement that students in Camden will finally get a new public high school. NJEA has worked for several years with the Healthy Schools Now (HSN) coalition to highlight the terrible conditions in too many of New Jersey’s public schools. An event in front of the Statehouse on October 13, 2014 drew attention to the plight of students and educators who are forced to attend and work in schools that are inadequate, outdated and, in many cases, dangerously unhealthy.Read
Created on Wednesday, October 05, 2016
NJEA Executive Director Ed Richardson joined the Better Choices Coalition today as the group warned against the proposed Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) deal. The deal increases the state’s gasoline tax by 23 cents and eliminates the estate tax, among other revenue reductions that harm the state’s poorest residents and benefit the wealthiest. The proposed deal could damage New Jersey’s budget for years to come.Read
Created on Tuesday, October 04, 2016
NJEA’s PAC Operating Committee will meet on the afternoon of Saturday, October 8, 2016 to consider the endorsement of a candidate in the June 6, 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary election.Read
Created on Thursday, September 29, 2016
A-4122, a bill that seeks to eliminate student standardized test scores from teacher evaluation, passed the Assembly by a vote of 52-11-8 today.Read
NJEA won a decisive victory yesterday over Gov. Christie and the State of New Jersey in the fight to protect the medical benefits of NJEA’s Medicare-eligible retirees. In a ruling issued late Monday afternoon, Judge Mary Jacobson dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought by the state that sought to compel NJEA’s representatives on the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC) to attend a commission meeting where the state was threatening to take an illegal vote to change the medical benefits of a majority of retirees.Read
Created on Tuesday, September 27, 2016
A bill that would eliminate the use of students’ standardized test scores from teachers’ summative evaluations was released from the Assembly Education Committee last week by a vote of 8-1-2. The bill has been posted for a vote in the Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 29. Email your Assembly members and ask them to vote YES on A-4122.Read
Created on Monday, September 19, 2016
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