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NTU Mid-Week Update - June 12, 2019

A handful of important items:

  1. Take Action! Health Benefits and Pension
  2. Helping the community - Basic Math and a Good Deed
  3. Per Diem Sick Time FAQ's

1) Take Action! Health Benefits and Pension

Trenton is battling over the budget and the enemies of public employees are down there in full force. Help us tell your legislators:
* To say ‘No’ to increased health insurance contributions. Ch 78 is killing us!
* To say ‘No’ to weakening the pension system, ‘Yes’ to retirement with dignity.

You can help us and yourself by filling in this petition (it goes straight to your state legislators based on your zip code), two or three clicks and you’re done…


2) Basic Math & a Good Deed 
Especially for teachers, staff, students and parents who live or work in the East Ward schools. The Ironbound Ambulance Squad (IAS) needs a new ambulance. Are you, your students or school Sunshine Cmte looking for a local good cause. I found one for you.

In a 911 it can take a UMDNJ ambulance up to 10 minutes to get all the way to Ann or Hawkins Street School from uptown, (then they got to get back up there.) It takes the volunteer IAS 3 minutes. That’s seven minutes of you or a student in agony vs being treated & stabilized by trained medics on the way to a hospital.

You can thankfully pray every day that you never needed the IAS or, and we hope this day never comes, we can stare at the ceiling of a brand new ambulance, equipped with the newest lifesaving technology, and say “this is a pretty cool ambulance. I’ve never spent a more worthwhile $5, $10 or $20 in my life.

Please contribute and share…

3) Per Diem Sick Time FAQ's  


Earlier this year, Governor Murphy signed into a law a process for Newark's per diem employees to accumulate sick time.

How do I accumulate sick hours?

·         Paid sick leave is accrued at the rate of one hour of sick leave earned for every 30 hours worked (regular and overtime)

·         Maximum of 40 hours earned per leave year

·         Leave Year: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Does my time roll over?

YES! Up to 40 accumulated sick hours will carry over to the next work year!

What can I use sick time for?

Workers may use paid sick days for the following reasons:

·         To obtain diagnosis, care, treatment, or recovery for a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or you need preventive medical care.

·         To care for a family member* during diagnosis, care, treatment, or recovery for a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or your family member needs preventive medical care.

·         If you or a family member have been the victim of domestic violence or sexual violence and you need time for treatment, counseling, or to prepare for or attend legal proceedings.

·         To attend school-related conferences, meetings, or events regarding the employee’s child’s education; or to attend a school-related meeting regarding the child’s health

·         Schools close due to a public health emergency or to care for a child whose school or child care provider closed due to a public health emergency.

How do I use my time?

Foreseeable Absences (i.e. prescheduled medical appointment) should be reported in advance. All other absences should be reported as soon as feasible. Foreseeable absences will not be permitted on days when early dismissals are scheduled or on the last day before any long weekend or school vacation.

·         Workers may use accrued sick day swhen they are scheduled to work (i.e have accepted a per diem assignment). An assignment should not be accepted just to receive a paid sick day.

·         Workers must contact timekeepers to report a sick day at least one hour before the scheduled beginning of the work day. Timekeepers will enter reported sick days into Kronos.

·         All extended absences (3 days or more) will require a doctor’s note in order to qualify for paid sick leave.


For more information, please visit our website or email