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NTU Update - February 16, 2016

Colleagues,

1) Advisory Board Meeting:  The NTU has had several big legal victories in recent weeks, and we need to keep the momentum going.  Make sure you get out to next week’s Advisory Board meeting and get your voice heard!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Ivy Hill Elementary School
107 Ivy Hill
Newark, NJ 07108

If you would like to speak at the meeting, make sure you fill out the online form.

2) Walk in: On Wednesday, NTU members city-wide joined their community members, the AFT, other community organizations and other unions city and nationwide in a Walk-In to Reclaim Our Public Schools culminating in a Walk-In at Senator Theresa Ruiz' office to remind her not to neglect the public schools in her district!  Check out the pictures on our website!

3) Huge Legal wins!  In addition to two huge tenure cases (here and here) we won this week, we also got some huge news for our attendance counselors who were laid off a few years back.  An Administrative Law Judge has issued an Initial Decision that Cami Anderson & Co (NPS) violated the Law and acted in Bad Faith when they terminated NPS Attendance Counselors during the creation of the cockamamie "Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow" policy.

4)    Hall of Fame Dinner: The 18th Annual Albert Shanker Scholarship Awards are upon us.  If you are a full member of the NTU, your son/daughter is eligible to apply.  If you are a full member of the NTU and you are a Paraprofessional in our public school district who is currently attending college then you are eligible to apply.  

This year, these awards will be presented at the 2016 NTU Hall of Fame Dinner to be held on Wednesday, May 18th at The Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ at 6:30 p.m.  A buffet dinner and dessert will be provided, along with music and a special program for your enjoyment.  If you do not have a student applying this year, you can still support these fine recipients by purchasing a ticket for $70.00 and attending this worthwhile event.  Some of you have family members or know friends that own businesses.  This would be an ideal opportunity for them to gain exposure by placing an ad in our ad journal that will be distributed to the 200+ attendees, sponsors, vendors and patrons.  

5) NTU Member Recognition: As part of the celebration of NTU’s 80th anniversary, we will be honoring NTU members nominated by their peers at the Hall of Fame Dinner.  If you or a colleague would make a candidate, please go to our website and fill out the nomination form!

6) NTUniversity:  We had numerous responses from members interested in presenting workshops for fellow members.  We are ready to begin development of our course schedule.  If you responded YES to our call, or are still interested... Please complete the following form ASAP!  We plan on meeting before the end of this Month to make the schedule. 

In Solidarity, 

John  M.  Abeigon

President & Director of Organization

Newark Teachers Union

Local 481 AFT, AFL-CIO

Michael  Maillaro

Director of Research & Communication

Newark Teachers Union

Local 481 AFT, AFL-CIO

Michael R. Iovino
Secretary Treasurer

Newark Teachers Union

Local 481 AFT, AFL-CIO