Standing together across district and county lines, NJEA members participated in escalating collective actions as the campaign to pass the Chapter 78 relief and Job Justice ESPs bills intensifies. The member-led organizing activity has earned each of the three bills more than 20 sponsors in the Assembly. Public school employees are eager to see these bills move the bills to Gov. Murphy’s desk.

Capitalizing on the legislative momentum, NJEA members in local associations around the state participated in Worth-It Wednesdays each Wednesday in January. Worth-It Wednesday consisted of NJEA members participating in collective actions designed to engage more members in the campaign.

The members who participated tapped into the national #RedForEd movement, by wearing red as a symbol of their solidarity with their fellow union members as they fight for the passage of the three bills.

Each local association that participated in the Worth-It Wednesdays did so with their own actions. From walk-ins to creating signs to writing postcards to legislators, each local planned their own actions that fit the needs of their association. Many who participated in the collective action shared their action on social media using #FixTheUnfairness.

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Ch. 78 relief

S-2606/A-4352 | What would it do?

S-2606/ A-4352 would provide relief to Chapter 78 by tying public employees’ premium share for health benefits to a percentage of salary instead of a percentage of premium cost. This bill would reduce the amount most NJEA members pay toward their health insurance and return fairness to the bargaining table.

Job justice

S-296/A-3185/A-3395 | What would it do?

S-296/A-3185/A-3395 would prohibit employers from entering into subcontracting agreements during the term of an existing collective bargaining agreement. Once a collective bargaining agreement expires, an employer would be permitted to enter into a subcontracting agreement only if the employer provides written notice and the employer offers the majority representative the opportunity to meet and discuss the decision to subcontract and negotiate over its impact. The bill would also mandate that each employee replaced or displaced because of a subcontracting agreement would retain all previously acquired seniority and would have recall rights if the subcontracting terminates.

S-3089/A-3664 | What would it do?

S-3089A-3664 would extend to nonteaching employees of local, county or regional school districts, boards or commissions the right to submit to binding arbitration any dispute regarding whether there is just cause for a disciplinary action.

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