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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.”

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NPS WILL BE CLOSED ON ELECTION DAY

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.

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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.

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Important evaluation reminder

 To All Newark Teachers, Aides and Clerks:

           Please insure that you keep a copy of every observation and annual evaluation that you receive.  There is no guarantee that copies of your observations and evaluations will make it into your personnel file at 2 Cedar Street or not be deleted from Bloomboard.  Please always check Bloomboard to insure that the district’s records conform to observations and annual evaluations you have in your possession.

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Membership Meeting, Monday September 26, 2016

Colleagues,

On Monday, September 26, 2016, we will be having a membership meeting at the Newark Teachers Union from 4 PM to 5:30 PM to discuss our upcoming “Respect the Contract” Job Actions.  All are welcome (especially staff at schools without Building Reps) to come talk to the Negotiations Team about the current state of contract negotiations and why the upcoming job action will be so important.

Membership Meeting

Monday, September 26, 2016

4 pm to 5:30 PM

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AFT Union Plus Scholarships

Colleagues,

American Federation of Teachers has posted an application for Union Plus Scholarships.  More information can be found at http://unionplus.org/scholarships/ or here.

Deadline to apply is January 31, 12 PM EST, awardees will be announced on May 31.

In Solidarity,

Mike Maillaro

Director of Research and Communication

Newark Teachers Union

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Health Benefits Waiver Update

Colleagues,

Due to the NPS decision to pull its employees out of the State Health Benefit Plan and into Aetna MORE MEMBERS MAY NOW BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE A WAIVER PAYMENT WORTH UP TO $5,000.   This was a benefit the NTU negotiated for you in our 2012 contract and can put up to $5,000 in your pocket, EVERY YEAR! 

Previously, due to state law, married employees whose spouse were also in the SEHBP could not opt-in for this waiver benefit.  This decision by the NPS changed that for those employees.

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NTU Ed Resource Center Reopens August 15, 2016!

NTU's Education Resource Center will be re-opening on August 15!

 

Summer Hours

August 15-31st  - 9 AM – 2 PM Monday to Thursdays

 

Regular Hours (September to June)

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

3:30 PM – 7:39 PM (Wednesdays)

 

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CHRISTIE PROTEST: ALL HANDS ON DECK

Good Afternoon all,

Just announced, Christie will be appearing in Paterson tomorrow morning at 10am.!!!!  Paterson Education Association, a sister local of the NJEA, is forming a protest.  This is last minute as Christie just announced it. We need bodies to make it painfully clear that there is a special place for his FAIR FUNDING FORMULA.

BRING YOUR SIGNS, YOUR NTU PENNANTS, YOUR LOCAL'S COLORS, BRING THE KIDS.

...CHRISTIE SAYS CUTBACK, WE SAY FIGHT BACK!

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gathering time and location
9am
196 West Railway Avenue
Paterson NJ

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