Tell your legislators we need Ch. 78 relief
Tell the Assembly: Urge Speaker Coughlin to post Chapter 78 Relief Bill!
On Thursday, May 23, the Assembly voted yes on A-3395, which prevents privatization during an active bargaining agreement and A-3664, which provides just cause arbitration rights to ESP members.
The Assembly demonstrated its support for educators by passing these two bills, but now it’s time to pass the Chapter 78 relief bill. As the legislative leader of the New Jersey Assembly, Speaker Craig Coughlin has the power to post this bill for vote, and it’s time we urge him to act.
Contact members of the New Jersey Assembly and ask them to urge Speaker Coughlin to post the Chapter 78 relief bill for a vote in the Assembly.
Educators play an invaluable role in the lives of children, and it’s time the time for talk is over. The Legislature must act. Send an email to urge our Assembly representatives to demand their leaders post this important bill.
A Senate committee has approved legislation that makes it possible for the state to raid the reserve funds of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Jersey’s largest health insurance provider.
NJEA adamantly opposed that bill. You can read our testimony here. Horizon’s reserve fund is intended to pay the health care claims of its customers. It was created using the premiums paid by customers. The only appropriate use of the reserve fund is to pay customers’ claims, improve the quality and efficiency of their service or lower the cost of future premiums.
The state should NEVER be allowed to raid that reserve to fund other budget priorities.
In this issue…
- Election 2016
- Moratorium on Charters
- Hespe Resigns
- mSGP for Summative Evaluations
- Contract Corner
- 2016 NJEA Convention
Please click on the issue October 2016 PEAL
Booker, Menendez will vote against DeVos
Members encouraged to call other senators
Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Following weeks of calls and emails from NJEA members and other public education advocates, New Jersey’s Senators are united in their opposition to Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education.
On Tuesday, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez announced he intends to vote NO on the confirmation of Betsey DeVos as Secretary of Education. Senator Cory Booker pledged to vote NO on the DeVos confirmation last week.
Menendez and Booker agree: Betsy DeVos—President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education— is not fit to be Secretary of Education.
DeVos has no experience with public education. She’s never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity. She didn’t attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools.
Instead, she has spent her career working to undermine public education. DeVos has lobbied for and bankrolled failed schemes like vouchers, which take money away from public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense with little or no accountability.
As a result of public scrutiny, her confirmation vote was already delayed twice. Now it’s been rescheduled for January 31, so we need to keep the pressure on.
Here are a few ways to do that:
1. Tell the members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that we need an experienced, qualified secretary of education who actually wants to strengthen and improve all public schools. Contact those senators now and tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos. Click here for a list of members and links to their contact information.
2. On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, show your support for public education by wearing red. Encourage your colleagues to wear red, too. Show your solidarity with our union brothers and sisters across the country by posting pictures of you and your colleagues wearing red on social media sites using the hashtags #DumpDevos and #StandUpForPublicEd.
Together, we cannot be ignored!
In this issue…
- Every Student Succeeds Act
- The Michigan Story
- Member Benefits
- Disability Insurance
- Negotiations Update
- Tax Information
Please click on the issue Jan 16 PEAL