Update: This Monday, May 20, the General Assembly will vote on A-3696/S-2163, sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera and Senator Ray Lesniak. This due process rights bill would statutorily provide all ESPs the right to binding arbitration for disciplinary matters. If this bill passes on Monday, it will advance to the governor’s desk for his signature.
||To ensure this victory for our ESP members, we’re asking NJEA members to contact their Assembly legislators before Monday’s vote and urge them to support this legislation. Don’t let the bill’s opponents be more vocal than you—speak up today!
Published Friday, March 15, 2013
ESP due process rights bill on way to full assembly
On Thursday, March 14, NJEA’s ESP rights bill, A-3696 passed the Assembly Education Committee. This bill, which statutorily provides due process rights to all educational support professionals, now heads to the full Assembly for a vote.
NJEA member Brian Currie, a maintenance mechanic in the Buena Regional School district, testified in favor of the legislation on behalf of his ESP colleagues around the state.
“As public school employees, we care about our communities and we are happy to pitch in when we can help our fellow residents,” Currie said. “We simply want to be shown the same level of respect when it comes to treating all school employees fairly and with equal due process rights.”
A-3696 will join NJEA’s other ESP rights bill, A-3627, which prevents subcontracting during an existing contract and provides employee notice prior to an effort to subcontract; this separate bill heard by the Assembly Education Committee last month and passed by a vote of 7-0.
The Senate version of these bills, S-1191 and S-2163, passed out of both the Senate Education and Budget Appropriations committees and are set to be voted upon by the full Senate this Monday, March 18.