Brothers and Sisters:

Please call or email your legislators ASAP and throw your support behind Senate & Assembly bills S2372 & A3929 that establishes State School Aid Funding Fairness Commission.   These bills would increase funding for Newark by $90M.  Help us avoid future layoffs that will occur under Christie’s $6,900 per pupil state aid proposal.  Find your legislator here  and help us thwart the Governors ill-fated proposal.

In Solidarity,

John M Abeigon

President & Director of Organization

Newark Teachers Union, Local 481, AFT, AFL-CIO

Open Letter from NTU Regarding Election Day

September 28, 2016

Parents, Students, and Community Leaders,

The Newark Public Schools recently sent out a communication about their decision to close schools on Election Day, looking to blame teachers for any inconvenience that it may cause. The NPS seeks to blame everyone else for their mistakes and attempts to nullify a law that clearly states “No teaching staff member shall be required to perform his duties on any day declared by law to be a public holiday.”



We are pleased to announced that the Newark Public Schools has decided to respect your legal rights and will be closed on Election Day.  NPS sent out the below letter this afternoon.  I will note there is quite a bit of mislead information in the below email.

1) At that time, NTU leadership raised no concerns regarding Election Day not being observed as a holiday this year.


Upcoming Workshops


Our Professional Improvement Fund Committee sent over the attached list of upcoming workshops they thought you might be interested in attending.  Don’t forget to take advantage of our Professional Development Fund!

In Solidarity,

John M. Abeigon                                                      Justin Petino

President                                                                  Chairperson


Election Day Notification Template

Brothers & Sisters:

We have been receiving numerous calls regarding this coming presidential election day, Tuesday, Nov 8th.  Many have asked that we provide guidance and structure a notification letter to be used in the event an employee elects to exercise their right on that day. Attached here is a sample letter for your consideration.

 In Solidarity,

Michael Maillaro

Director of Research and Communication

Newark Teachers Union


Fake Tax Bill Scam warning

We received the following notice from Joe Amabile, a Newark Teacher and Treasurer of AFT-NJ, and felt it was important to share:


IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bill Emails

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.