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NTU-BELL Committee Mtg
Thursday, March 5, 2015
4:00PM at NTU Hall
All NTU Bilingual/ELL Staff
Agenda- Educational Resources
RSVP by 3/3/2015 to Nita Smith vsmith@ntuaft.com


CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Monday, March 9, 2015
4:00 - 5:30PM at NTU
NTU Building Reps
Agenda- negotiation strategies & membership contract survey

FMLA TRAINING
Thursday, March 12, 2015
4:00PM at NTU
NTU Executive Bd & Building Reps
Agenda-  HCAMS & Family Medical Leave Act & NPS

RETIREE WORKSHOP-
Our speaker of the month is Ms. Jeanette Parham. Her topic is  “Aging in Place Technology” on Tuesday March 17, 2015.

2015 Albert Shanker Awards & NTU Hall of Fame Dinner
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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New Jersey State Federation of Teachers

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Newark Student Union Occupation-   
We stand 100% with the students who have occupied the Newark Public School office at 2 Cedar St. Our founding fathers whose collective birthdays we just celebrated would have respected this civil action. These students believe that they have exhausted all remedies. The NTU believes that there may still be a federal remedy and are heading to DC next week with a coalition of state elected leaders, NAACP, and our legal partners the Education Law Center.
 

Contract Negotiations- We will be forming and meeting with a Contract Consultative Committee made up of your schools Building Rep and the NTU Executive Board Negotiations Team in the coming weeks towards creating a district-wide survey of your most pressing demands. It has been difficult to get started because of the district's awful implementation of our 2012-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. You will be receiving a survey soon to help guide us in our negotiations. More info to come.

 

Salary Stipend - NPS sent us the following update, The first half of MA/PhD stipend will be paid next Friday, February 6th.  Payment was initially geared for January 30, however, with closure of district due to inclement weather this week, payment will be issued on February 6th.


Renew School Stipend - If you have not received your stipend for working at a Renew School, reach out to Michael Maillaro  (mmaillaro@ntuaft.com) immediately with your name and school. Also, make sure you submit the attached Employee Inquiry Form to NPS.


NJ.Com Poll - Earlier this week, NJ.com posted a poll asking Has criticism of Newark's superintendent gone too far?  As of now, 75% of the respondents have said NO!   If you would like to add your voice to this, use the following link:
 
Has criticism of Newark's superintendent gone too far?
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NJ Legislative Update - Yesterday afternoon, Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey’s chief of staff sent us an email assuring us that the Joint Committee on Public Schools will be scheduling public hearings in the coming weeks to “refute many of the assertions of Superintendent Anderson.”  As soon as we have dates, we will send flyers to the schools and our community partners to ensure our voices are being heard.


Medical Certification...
If you are going to be absent five (5) or more consecutive days for an issue NOT COVERED by FMLA, you must fill out a Medical Certification form as per our contract.

The Medical Certification form can be obtained at the NTU Office or in your school Main Office. Unfortunately, the Medical Certification form not be downloaded digitally from our web site.

 

Health Benefits Waiver...
The NPS District has informed the NTU that eleigible employees, who waived their health insurance coverage as set forth in Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), will be paid on Friday, December 12, 2014.

 

Alert2RETIREMENT ALERT!
According to the NJ Division of Pensions & Benefits, there is a Retirement Checklist (Fact Sheet #6) which outlines the necessary information, forms and time lines that are required from the individual retiring and the employer. Fact Sheet #6 covers 6-8 months before retirement through shortly after retirement. Fact sheet #6 also includes references to other fact sheets pertaining to retirement and related issues such as Purchasing Service Credit, Retirement Planning, Types of Retirement, Taxation of Benefit Distributions, Employment after Retirement, Health Benefits & Cobra Coverage and Life Insurance / Death Benefits.

Click here to download NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits Retirement Checklist (Fact Sheet #6).




NTU CLASS SIZE & SUPPLY SURVEY
The NTU continues to receive violations about class sizes and class supplies. Click this link to fill out the official NTU Class size & Supply Survey. We will be using the collected information to report out to the Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education.

First BookOnce again the NTU will be actively involved with the First Book program for our students and teachers during the 2014-2015 school year. Remember to receive books for your students, you must REGISTER. Click here to Register now!


 

PREP PERIOD UPDATES & FORM
To read more, click here to download the latest update and guidelines for Prep Periods.
 


Alert2NTU RETIRED EMPLOYEES ALERT!!!Dear Members: “...There is no denying the fact that New Jersey retired public employees and currently employed are being attacked by forces hell bent on destroying a pension system that has served New Jersey residents and public employees since 1922 and for teachers since 1919. Mr. Christie is spending the summer kicking sand in the face of all NJ retirees and those still employed by trying to sell yet another pension reform package...” To read the entire story click here.


Now is the time to stand up to the Governor, his handlers and financial backers. You can do this by joining NJRPEO. Help us continue to build an organization that can stop the attacks on public employees and save your pension. To join is free and easy! All are welcome whether you currently live in or out of New Jersey.

Email and leave the message “add me to the list” Within days, NJRPEO will share with you the full details of the draft bill entitled, “Independent Pension Systems Actuarial Assumptions Act.”

Alert2NTU MEMBERS WHO ARE EWP!
Download this link to help you locate currently available district positions by School and Title. C
all the NTU at 973-643-8430 with any questions or concerns you may have.


John Abeigon, Director of NTU Organization

 


TO DOWNLOAD THE 2014-2015 NPS SCHOOL CALENDAR CLICK HERE...
 

Alert2ALL MEMBERS WHO ARE ON EWP

The next to last paragraph in the letter sent to you by Vanessa Rodriguez is incorrect. It states that unless you find a placement, you may be assigned to a role or multiple roles throughout the school year in order to best serve the needs of students. That is completely wrong.

You are not required to work in any role that IS NOT COVERED BY YOUR AREA OF CERTIFICATION. You are especially NOT to cover for laid off aides, clerks or counselors. Nor are you to emergency-sub for substitutes longer then for a day or two. By taking on these roles, you are aiding and abetting the NPS and opening yourself up to liability issues.

Feel free to call the NTU at 973-643-8430 with any questions or concerns you may have.

John Abeigon, Director of NTU Organization


NJ-Resources-2013NEW JERSEY RESOURCES 2013 FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF DISABILITY IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR YOU TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD. CLICK HERE...



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NTU ACTS is the Newark Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff

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CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE NTU PARCC SURVEY

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The NTU will continue to monitor how PARCC is being implemented in your school and across the district.

Please answer the brief 5 items PARCC survey above and click send. It will automatically email to Michael Maillaro at the NTU. This data will be important moving forward! Thank you!

     NEWARK TEACHERS UNION

NEWARK

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Now we are taking the fight to Trenton. This is the perfect time to engage and support your profession. You are seeing petitions, court cases, public hearings and quarter page ads running in the Star Ledger and other social media. They are having an effect, but more needs to be done. Here is the the most powerful way you can help yourself, your profession, your Union and your students. Calling your legislator's office is a useful way to communicate your opinions, especially on issues where an action is pending, such as Cami’s contract.
CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR!

Letters to Commissioner Hespe from NTU Click Here...

Contact Your Legislator Flyer listing important details Click Here...

ATTENTION: NEWARK SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
NEWARK MAYOR RAS BARAKA
announces a new home repair & advocacy program. If your home has damage from Hurricane Sandy, HELP is available! Click here to download flyer with details, contact info and eligibility.

Victory 1 Colleagues,
 
VICTORY!  The NTU has won our third straight tenure case brought by the district under the TEACHNJ Act.    This was a particularly important and personal win, as Neil Thomas is a former NTU Executive Board member, and this particular case seemed to target him and his family because of their willingness to stand up against Cami Anderson.
 
Click here to read the entire news article and reader comments...
 
The district continues to spend huge chunks of money on outside legal firms pursuing a flawed legal strategy that is losing.  Instead of attacking teachers with flimsy charges, why isn’t Superintendent Anderson using this money to bring back drug counselors, parent liasions, and attendance counselors so the children of Newark aren’t dying in the streets?
 
Sincerely Yours,
John M Abeigon, NTU
Director of Organization

INSULT TO INJURY

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Cami’s height of hypocrisy and 
indifference towards the work that teachers do has reached an all time low. They steal your prep periods forcing you to work from home and then as real life insult-to-injury they refuse to acknowledge those hours when you need them to qualify for an FMLA.

The NPS, in 2011/2012, argued and lost Grievance #4713 (attached) and it was forced to admit that teachers are often required to work beyond the school day and to acknowledge the work they do at home with payment. Either they pay you or give you back your prep time so you can do this work at school during the work day.

Insult to Injury 3For our part we are formulating a federal FMLA Complaint on behalf of affected members that the NPS routinely denies employees hours worked at home toward their 1,250 hour FMLA requirement.

For your part we once again distribute the RSVP to Mandates form (attached) for you to use whenever an administrator requires you to work beyond the prescribed work day, be it on site after-school or at home. They are required to pay you for such work time. Many new administrators are clueless when it comes to preps and Grievance #4713, share it with them FYI. Help us show some pride and value in our profession.

Moving forward when denied FMLA due to insufficient hours, we must respectfully demand in these exact words in writing  “According to the federal FMLA act, it is the employer’s responsibility to demonstrate that the employee did not work the 1250 hours.  Please provide me with the number of hours the NPS is claiming I worked.”

In Solidarity,

John M Abeigon
Director of Organization

NJ AFL-CIO

Pension Web Campaign Is Live

Dear PEC Members:

The website to solicit members to write their pension system board secretaries is now live. This is a joint project of PEC unions and other allied unions.  Working together as a coalition, we will have the most success in moving forward.

You can visit www.njaflcio.org to participate in the pension campaign and to urge pension plan members to demand that the board of their fund sue on their behalf as well. The campaign is the first story on our website. 

The NJEA is a coalition partner in this campaign and has volunteered to host this web campaign through their website.

Please take a few minutes to forward this link to your membership and ask them to send a letter to their appropriate pension board. The legal language is provided for you. You simply provide the requested information.

Thank you for your participation and please contact us if you have questions.

NJ AFL-CIO iconIn Solidarity,

Charles Wowkanech President
Laurel Brennan Secretary-Treasurer

Guidelines for Performing Observations on Teachers Returning From Extended Leave... Click here to Download NJDOE AcheiveNJ Guidelines for performing observations on teachers returning from extended leaves (FMLA, Maternity, etc). Please feel free to reach out to NJDOE Office of Evaluation for implementation guidance on evaluations and AcheiveNJ.

John Abeigon, NTU Director of Organiztion

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the Newark Teachers Union and while we endeavor to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations of any kind about the completeness, accuracy and reliability, with respect to the website or the information.

Last updated: March 04, 2015

President’s Column

Joseph DelGrosso, NTU Presidentntu_logo_j

 


Joseph Del Grosso

Dear Colleagues,

How can we achieve equal opportunity? Please read the National AFT’s research that highlights New Jersey’s issues with achieving equal opportunity. Here is another avenue to share what you think interferes with meeting the needs of your students.

Here are some disturbing facts about poverty and equal opportunity in New Jersey and recommendations for equity. This information comes from National AFT. The number of children living in poverty continues to rise in New Jersey as our recovery lags behind other states in the nation and the regional economy. Poverty in the state rose for the sixth straight year in 2013, making New Jersey one of only three states in which the poverty rate rose. The New Jersey child poverty rate in 2013 is 16.7%, an increase from 11.4% in 2007. Schools with high numbers of students in poverty need additional funding so all students have the resources they need to achieve a quality education.

Equity means:
-Providing all children with classes in fine arts and a selection of vocational programs;
-Ensuring our students have a sense of security in safe, healthy school buildings;
-Offering rich curriculum with the books, resources and technology to support learning;
-Integrating roles for support staff and classroom teachers to help children develop fully; and
-Making sure all children and their families have access to school nurses and wraparound services to meet their social, emotional and health needs—which, in turn, allows our schools to promote community and cultivate critical family involvement in education.

If you support the implementation of achieving equal opportunity and public education please sign this petition, offering your support for a public school system that offers opportunity for all. Also, please let us know what you think are the most important aspects of an agenda to ensure equal opportunity for all regardless of income level.

Tell Education Commissioner Hespe and Governor Christie what you think of achieving equal opportunity in New Jersey...support National AFT’s petition. Click here to see the research studies, recommendations and sign the petition.

 

In Solidarity,

Joseph Del Grosso
President
ntupres@ntuaft.com

John M. Abeigon
Director of Organization
jabeigon@ntuaft.com

Michael F. Dixon
Secretary-Treasurer
mdixon@ntuaft.com

Michael Maillaro
Editor
mmaillaro@ntuaft.com

NTU 973-643-8430

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AFT New Jersey consists of four New Jersey American Federation of Teachers representative units. They are: Council of New Jersey State College Locals (CNJSCL), Health Professional and Allied Professions (HPAE), and the New Jersey State Federation of Teachers(NJSFT). AFT-NJ represents the interests of its constituent organizations and the American Federation of Teachers in New Jersey and at the National level.

Prevent child abuse.  For additional information on Child Abuse or to receive more leaflets to distribute to students call 1-800-CHILDREN.

"My Promise for Prevention" leaflet - PDF version

"My Promise for Prevention" leaflet - Graphic version

LEAVE OF ABSENCE WITHOUT PAY AND PURCHASING MBOS SERVICE CREDIT...

Members of the PERS & TPAF are eligible to purchase all or any portion of service credit for official leaves of absence, including FMLA & NJFLA, without pay. The amount of time eligible for purchase also depends on what "type" of leave was taken. CLICK HERE TO GET ALL THE DETAILS

All purchase requests must be submitted to the Division of Pensions and Benefits using the Purchase Application program of the Member Benefits On-line System (MBOS). Information about MBOS and the on-line Purchase Application can be found in the MBOS Users’ Guide.
CLICK HERE TO GET ALL THE DETAILS

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Thinking About Retiring... click here to get Request for Retirement / Resignation Form

NTU PEER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
NTU members can now pass along any concerns, issues and suggestions regarding Peer Oversight.

The NTU has created an email address for members  to address Peer Oversight in a confidential, secure format. Please send your emails to the NTU Peer Oversight Committee at peeroversight@ntuaft.com.