What's at stake for members and their families? Working families deserve effective representation in government. The first step is to elect people who will stand up for what's right. NTU COPE works to support candidates for local, state and national office who will fight for such important issues as:
The NPS has announced their intention to change over from the State Health Benefits plan to a “NPS only plan” through AETNA for all Newark Public School Employees. The district claims that this change will allow them to save $9.8 million over the next 16 months. While we hesitate to trust any claim made by the district, if this is accurate, it would free up money that could prevent layoffs, etc, and this savings could mean members would be contributing less per month to their health benefits.
1) Contract Update – We finally have negotiations dates! Our negotiation team will be meeting with NPS’s team on June 10, 15, and 16 to present our proposals and to see what proposals NPS has for us. This is YOUR LAST CHANCE to do the NTU contract survey. Our negotiations team will be meeting one last time to finalize our proposals on May 24 and to present them to the Executive Board.
On Wednesday, May 19, 2016, the NTU held our 18th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner. It was our most successful Hall of Fame Dinner yet! We had close to 300 attendees and raised $50,000 for scholarships for our members, their children, and the students of Newark!
For the first time, we also had the NTU Member Recognition Awards, where 14 members were recognized for their contributions to Newark's students, school staff, and community.
And we inducted Thomasina Lemon into the NTU Hall of Fame!
1) Layoffs - The NTU met with the district this week to discuss layoffs. In the district’s initial plan (which has not yet been approved by Civil Service), they will be looking to layoff 23 NTU members in the following positions:
· Keyboarding Clerk 1 – 10
· Keyboarding Clerk 2 – 7
· Keyboarding Clerk 2 Bilingual - 2
· Keyboarding Clerk 3 – 4
The NTU met with the district this week to discuss layoffs. In the district’s initial plan (which has not yet been approved by Civil Service), they will be looking to layoff 23 NTU members in the following positions: