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.
Engage your students in Black History Month by using some of the popular instructional materials you can find on Share My Lesson. Have fun highlighting the historical accomplishments of black Americans and save time lesson-planning by simply tapping into our free resource bank of preK-12 lessons and classroom activities.
Pre-K Fun in February (lesson design tool), Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (a novel with video), Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" (English language arts, dance), Women of the Congressional Black Caucus (activities that explore influence), Nobel Prize Speeches (Common-Core aligned),
Freedom Rides (primary-source reading). And much more...
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?
Click here to vote...
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.
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.
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.
Once 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.
NTU 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.”
NTU MEMBERS WHO ARE EWP!
Download this link to help you locate currently available district positions by School and Title. Call 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...
ALL 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
NEW JERSEY RESOURCES 2013 FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF DISABILITY IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR YOU TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD. CLICK HERE...