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.

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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)

How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.

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Momentum builds for graduate workers' unions

As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.

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A fight for the very soul of our country

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.

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