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The In Box: AFT Local 1839 Professional Staff Newsletter

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Professional Staff Advisory Committee breakfast gathering


In an effort to introduce ourselves to new colleagues and inform them of the work AFT performs on their behalf, our Professional Staff Advisory Committee recently welcomed some of the newest members of NJCU’s professional staff to an informal breakfast gathering in the Gilligan Student Union Building.  Queen Gibson, Vice President of Professional Staff and Librarians, and Union Rep. Sachie Tsumara-Tmart organized the event with help from Sam Platizky, AFT Office Assistant.

The Committee shared some of the latest news and events happening on our campus, provided attendees with an overview of AFT’s efforts to improve their work experience here at NJCU, and fielded questions by the attendees with regard to the resources available to them as AFT members.

The event also proved to be a valuablenetworking opportunity, as attendees made professional connections and shared ideas on how to not only improve their own employment experience, but improve synergy amongst the many different faculty and staff who strive to provide an excellent education to our students. 

The idea for this informal orientation evolved out of discussions held by the Committee and a survey conducted last spring that found improved communication to be among the top concerns amongst our members. The AFT Professional Staff Advisory Committee hopes to make this an annual event to welcome our new members every fall.

Jamie Rudolph
Chair, Professional Staff Advisory Committee

End of Summer Meeting of the Presidents

AFT Local President, Bill Calathes, met with NJCU President Sue Henderson in their traditional end of summer/pre-fall meeting. A number of very important issues were discussed including prioritizing issues for Local Negotiations, the professional development of adjunct faculty and professional staff, and the COACH Survey that deals with faculty satisfaction. President Calathes emphasized the need to move forward with University goals in conjunction with a continued and renewed commitment to the principles of unionism. President Henderson agreed with this and promised to continue to work with the Union to strengthen the professional development of each member of all of its constituencies. President Calathes meets with President Henderson on a regular basis, often two or three times a month.

Affordable Care Act

President Bill Calathes would like you to see the following correspondence provided by CNJSCL President Tim Haresign regarding current AFT policy on the Affordable Care Act. As you can see, much needs to be worked out specifically regarding our understanding and implementation of this very important piece of legislation. Rest assured, that this work will be carried out thoroughly. Tim Haresign stated: 

“The issue of how adjunct work hours will be calculated for this remains unresolved.  I'm not sure at this point if we have agreement among ourselves as to how we would like to see the hours calculated.  We will need to decide this first and then develop a strategy (hopefully working with NJAFT) to get our preferred rules implemented.“
AFT Center for Collective Bargaining: Update on Affordable Care Act Proposed Rules (PDF)