Senate passes ESP rights bills

Published on Monday, March 4, 2013

Updated Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Breaking: NJEA’s two ESP rights bills were passed by the Senate on Monday, March 18. S-1191 passed by a vote of 22 to 15, and S-2163 passed 24-16. Both bills now move to the Assembly.

ESP rights bills head to full Senate

This afternoon, NJEA achieved another important victory when our two ESP rights bills (S-1191 and S-2163) were released from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.  Both bills now head to the Senate floor for a full vote on Monday, March 18. 

S-2163 extends due process rights in disciplinary matters to certain non-teaching employees who do not currently have them. What is fair and just for certain public school employees should be fair and just for all public school employees.  Sen. Ray Lesniak provided compelling testimony to his colleagues on the Senate Budget Committee, urging their support for this legislation.

During today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting, S-1191, which provides protections to employees threatened by subcontracting, was amended at the request of Senators Sarlo and Lesniak.  The amendments allow counties to choose to establish a county-wide purchasing program for already privatized food and/or custodial services. 

While NJEA has had concerns about county-wide purchasing, we agreed to this compromise because we believe the changes include employee protections that would address many of our concerns.  We believe that the additional protections under this bill will mitigate privatization of any school services, whether they are transportation, food, custodial, child study teams or any other service that a school district attempts to subcontract.

Take Action   NJEA urges members to take action again! Contact your senator and urge him/her to support these bills when they come up for vote on the Senate floor.

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