This is your union; let’s keep it strong

Every year in the January issue of the NJEA Review, we print the NJEA Organizational Directory to give you details about the structure and function of your statewide education union.   

As you know, NJEA is the state’s strongest and most influential public education union. We don’t wield that power arbitrarily; we use our influence to ensure that students receive an excellent public education, and that educators—regardless of job description—are treated with dignity, respect and enjoy quality salaries, pensions, and benefits.

Our strength and our ability to advocate for our students and our members is built upon you. Because of your excellence in educating and caring for New Jersey’s students and because of your advocacy for yourselves and your colleagues, we are able to maintain and improve the learning and working conditions for everyone in our schools.

We cannot do it without you; in fact, there is no union without you.

The 2020-21 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, Angel Santiago, who served as a junior representative in his local association, put it well when he said that “Educators need to have a strong voice in their union or else their voices will be lost. Newer employees, in particular, need to be involved in their associations because they experience issues that others may not, and they are the foundation for the future success of the union.”

There are many ways to become more involved in your union at the local, county, and statewide levels. If you are interested in learning more, contact your local president, talk to people you know who are already involved, and sign up for an advocacy training, such as one of the three upcoming Winter Leadership conferences. 

As we begin a new year, let’s resolve to continue to provide an outstanding education to our students and to advocating for ourselves and our colleagues, and let’s find new ways to ensure our continued success.

officers online

Marie Blistan

Twitter

@MarieBlistan: Senator Booker hosts a meet & greet with Rev. Raphael Warnock for US Senate in Georgia! He has worked for years with Stacey Abrams. Rev. Warnock stands for social & racial justice for all! Let’s help GOTV for leaders leading with vision!

On Nov. 30, Marie Blistan tweeted during a meet and great, hosted by New Jersey’s Sen. Corey Booker, for NJEA members and Rev. Raphael Warnock. Warnock is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, and, if he and candidate Jon Ossoff win their runoff elections, the balance of power in the Senate would shift to the Democratic Party. Because this potential shift could allow President-elect Joe Biden to enact his pro-public education agenda, many NJEA members are working virtually to get Warnock elected.

Sean M. Spiller

Facebook

@SpillerforNJEA: Great job New Jersey Education Association President Marie Blistan in bringing together diverse educational leaders and stakeholders to discuss the Learning Policy Institute’s report on reinventing school in the time of COVID-19 and beyond. Looking forward to what we can all do to support our students, educators, and communities as we transition to the new normal.

On Dec. 8, Sean M. Spiller honored NJEA President Marie Blistan for bringing together a broad collation of stakeholders to discuss what schools will look like in the post-COVID-19 world. The group, convened by Blistan, discussed the Learning Policy Institute’s latest report on the reimaging schools.

Steve Beatty

Facebook

@SteveBeattyNJEA: Celebrating all of our ESP brothers and sisters on this (and every) day! Educators all—we’re in it together making our schools #1 for so many reasons. Glad and proud to have the strongest legal protections in the nation for our ESPs! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

On Nov 18., Steve Beatty celebrated National Educational Support Professionals Day by reminding his Facebook followers that every person who works in a school building contributes to New Jersey’s best-in-nation public schools. He also acknowledged the new legal protections extended to ESPs in New Jersey as a result of the two-year-long campaign for Job Justice.

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