Nominate a local association for bargaining excellence

A local association that has demonstrated excellence in negotiations will be honored at the Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit with the 2022 Jim George Collective Bargaining Award.  Those nominated will also be recognized. The summit will take place on Oct. 21-22 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Somerset.   


A local qualifies for nomination by meeting one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Bargained one or more new contractual provisions not already found in another affiliate’s contract. 
  • Conducted an extraordinary community-organizing effort that resulted in a settled agreement. 
  • Used the bargaining process to propel new members into association involvement and leadership positions. 
  • Achieved a particularly good settlement, in comparison to state averages, in salary increases, benefits, professional development, and/or member protection, and follows best practices for salary guides. 


Local associations can be nominated by any NJEA member or NJEA staff member. 

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To be considered for the 2022 Jim George Collective Bargaining Award, settlements must be ratified by both parties between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. 

Nominations are due Sept. 9, 2022.