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START THE NEW YEAR OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT! COME TO THE FIRST RETIREE CHAPTER MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at NTU
Our speaker of the month is Ms. Jeanette Parham. Her topic is “Aging in Your Current Home”
Followed by “Aging in Place Technology” on Tuesday March 17, 2015. These are two must attend lectures for retirees.
Happy Holidays! Rita & Margaret...

 

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Pay Dates Update...
The NPS District has revised their pay date calendar. Full time staff will be receiving paychecks on December 5, 19 & 23, 2014. The December 23, 2014 paycheck DOES NOT count as a third paycheck in December. Technically, it is a January paycheck. The January 30, 2015 paycheck will be the third paycheck of the month.

Per Diem staff will be receiving their paycheck on December 30, 2014.

Click here to download the revised pay dates calendar for Salaried & Substitute Employees for  2014-2015.


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...



What is
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NTU ACTS is the Newark Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff

NTU ACTS

 

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

 


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.

 

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abeigonSUPERINTENDENT THREATENS TO ARREST JOHN ABEIGON, NTU DIR. OF ORGANIZATION
Superintendent Anderson has banned John Abeigon from Lafayette School notorious both for its physical condition and the efforts of its principal to fire tenured teachers.

The NPS district leaders also have threatened to arrest Abeigon the union chief who took pictures of vermin infestation, loose paint chips and possible fire hazards.

To read the entire article, click here to go to Bob Braun’s blog, Bob Braun’s Ledger...

BRENDA KEITH: Brenda Keith
A child lost in Newark

Whoever Brenda Keith was, however anyone saw her, no matter how she acted, the 17 year old should not have died...

Her body abandoned like trash a thousand feet from West Side HS. There, maybe for weeks...

She was a child. Newark’s child. Our child.

WHAT CAN WE DO? PLEASE CALL NEWARK’S LEADERS TO DEMAND A FULL POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO THIS CASE!

MAYOR: 973-733-6400
CITY COUNCIL: 973-733-6574


To read the entire article, click here to go to Bob Braun’s blog, Bob Brauns’ Ledger...

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

Insult to Injury 1
Insult to Injury 2

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

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: December 16, 2014

President’s Column

Joseph DelGrosso, NTU Presidentntu_logo_j

 


Joseph Del Grosso


Dear Colleagues,
 
During the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, public education continues to be under attack from many directions.  At times, it is hard to be optimistic about the future of the Newark Public Schools, but over the last few years, I have seen many things that make me hopeful for the future and proud to be the President of the Newark Teachers Union.
 
Last year, hundreds of members participated in our “Fight Back Friday” campaign to help inform the community of Newark about the problems we face & potential solutions. The community has become stronger than ever in advocating for themselves and public education, and we are glad for the part we played in this. We will continue to work with the community and the membership to educate and inform all stakeholders, including administrators, parents, students, the media, and legislators.

The NTU Organization has been effective and persistent in providing representative services to our members. Eugene Liss the NTU legal Counsel has been instrumental in successfully litigating tenure cases. We have also been involved and working very closely with the Education Law Center and Newark Community Groups in fighting the OneNewark Plan. The list goes on and includes filing PERC charges, Peer Oversight appeals, tenure rights, state evaluation process and pay owed members.
 
We will continue to face many personal & professional challenges in the foreseeable future, but as long as we stand in solidarity, those challenges will create the motivation and capacity to solve them.

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

Retiree Logo v1THINKING OF RETIRING? CREATE YOUR “MY NEW JERSEY ACCOUNT” QUICKLY AND VIEW “RETIREMENT MADE EASY”.
Step by step guidelines to prepare for retirement...  Click here for both.

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