Labor Must Take on Capital

Unions must expand beyond narrow bargaining to challenge those who hold wealth and power at the highest levels. by Saqib Bhatti & Stephen Lerner (READ...)

Why Should YOU Join?

Higher union membership strengthens our position at both statewide and local bargaining tables. More members mean a better contract and less chance of a strike.

Union dues are your fair share of funds to process grievances. By joining the union, you help keep these funds available for the time when you or a colleague needs grievance support. The union provides this support whether you join or not.

Joining the union allows you to vote for officers and to be a candidate for an officership.


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)

Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.


Michigan Legislature lashes out at Detroit schools

The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.