Updated August 12, 2020
1) Contract Update: We are proud to be starting this school year off with a newly ratified contract! 94% of the NTU members who came out to vote and the full Newark Board of Education approved this contract. Our voting process is based on the percentage of members who vote, not on a majority of the membership. Take a look at your town, state, and national elections. Winning is determined by a majority of the actual voters, not the number of eligible residents.
“Teachers have always had power,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the crowd at the TEACH opening plenary Thursday afternoon. “We need to own our power. And we need to build our power so we can move our agenda—for our students and our families; for safe, welcoming and well-funded public schools; for affordable higher education; healthcare that is a right, not a privilege; a living wage; a decent retirement; a healthy climate and a strong democracy.”
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.