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NTU Update - April 21

Colleagues,

1)     Contract Update: The NTU Negotiations Committee met several days over vacation to work around some roadblocks to the contract's progress. For the entire week this week, internal meetings amongst committee members, and negotiations meetings with NPS were held. As of now, we can only firmly state that we have reached tentative agreements on the following:

1. We have reviewed and cleaned up language that was conflicting in the previous CBA.

2. We have a tentative agreement language and terms for the new CBA.

The last component we are negotiating is the actual salary guides.  

Over this last component we have had numerous meetings, some successful, others not so successful. However, the good news is that we are still at the table hammering out terms.  

2)     EWA’s – Reminder! The Election to Work Agreement at Renew/Turnaround schools are VOLUNTARY. If your administrator is trying to intimidate you into signing one, reach out to Mike Maillaro at the NTU immediately at mmaillaro@newarkteachersunion.com.

If you are a tenured teacher, and do not sign the Election to Work Agreement, you would either stay at your school working a normal school day or be transferred to another school.  

3)     Hall of Fame Dinner/Member Recognition – Congratulations to this year’s NTU Member Recognition Award Recipients! The awards will be presented at the 2017 NTU Hall of Fame Dinner to be held on Wednesday, May 17th at The Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ at 6:30 p.m.

·       Lenya Morgan-Banners - John F. Kennedy

·       Nancy Borges - South St.

·       Sonia Marchesini - South St.

·       Lilybet Narvaez - Sussex Ave.

·       Yari Pares - East Side

·       Andrew Paulsen - East Side

·       Wanda Payne - Hawthorne Ave.

·       Antonio Rios - Wilson Ave.

For tickets or to place an ad in our ad journal, please contact Johanna Rios or Venetta Smith (973) 643-8430 or e-mail ntuscholarshipawards@gmail.com.

4)     Seton Hall Informational Meeting - Seton Hall University will be holding an Open House/Information Session for their next Executive M.A. & Ed.S Degree Program in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:30pm at the NTU Offices at 1019 Broad Street, Newark.

For more information, see the attached flyer.

5)     Montclair Bilingual Certification Program – Montclair State University will offer NPS teachers who are proficient in a language other than English an on-site, non-degree program of study leading to New Jersey State Bilingual-Bicultural Certification. The program will consist of four, 3-credit courses offered in one of Newark’s public school buildings during after school hours. The course sequence covers all necessary content to meet New Jersey Department of Education requirements for the Bilingual Bicultural endorsement.

All courses will be taught by full-time Montclair State faculty.

For more information, contact:

Maria Elena Suarez (NPS)

MSuarez@NPS.K12.NJ.US

973-733-8143

or

Ellie Esposito (MSU)

espositoe@montclair.edu

973-655-3777

More information here.

6)     NPS Transfer Fair – NPS is holding a Transfer Fair at Science Park High on April 22, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, go to NPS’s website.

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