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NTU Update - April 22, 2016

Colleagues,

1)    April 26, SAVE THE DATE!  NPS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

Come out and wear your school colors!

George W. Carver Elementary School

333 Clinton Pl,

Newark, NJ 07112

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

✓ Cerf needs to start negotiating and stop dictating

✓ Get the lead out

✓ Hands off our Fringe Benefits Fund

✓ Stop all future cuts

✓ Reduce class size & return all aides and clerks

✓ Less testing

2) Negotiations Update – As of right now, the district has not formally responded to our request to begin negotiations.  Despite that, our negotiations committee has been meeting regularly and are finalizing our list of demands. 

3) DYFS Warning – The district, no matter how insignificant your conduct, will use any instance of alleged child abuse to bring tenure charges against you and attempt to have you terminated.  Avoid touching students, except when necessary to stop students from harming themselves, others, or yourself.  Since the last time we sent out this warning, there have been almost daily child abuse allegations made against teacher, aides, and substitutes! 

4) Shanker Ads/Tickets - We are happy to announce the winners of this year's Member Recognition Awards!  These terrific teachers, aides, and clerks will be honored at the NTU Hall of Fame Dinner on May 18 at the Robert Treat Hotel

·       Luis Aviles                              Luis Munoz Marin

·       Gwendolyn Blake                   Barringer S.T.E.A.M.

·       Donna Charles                        Gladys Hillman Jones

·       Eileen Daly                             Lafayette

·       John Egekeze                          Science Park High School

·       Callie Franklin                        Quitman St

·       Carmen Gonzalez                   First Ave

·       Tina Leake                              Brick Peshine

·       Iris Mc Murray                       13th Ave /Dr.MLKJr School

·       Wafiyyah Muhammad            Camden St School

·       Pierre Oscar                            Dr. George washington Carver

·       Janice Soriano                        Gladys Hillman Jones

·       Catrice Taylor                        McKinley School

·       Bettie J. Williams                   Central High School

We are still selling ads and tickets (final deadline for all ad purchases is May 5).  See attached form.  Remember, all the money raised goes directly to providing scholarships for Newark's students and the children of NTU members!

5) Reminder: Benecard Survey - We continue to collect information about the district’s roll out of Benecard.  If you are having any issues, please fill out the survey on our website.

6)  Upcoming events

a.     Tuesday - April 26th - Advisory Board Meeting, George Washington Carver

b.     Wednesday – April 27th – NPS Budget Meeting, Science Park High School

c.     Wednesday - May 4th AFT National Teacher Walk-in Day

d.      Westfield Library “teacher sale” - From April 26 to April 30, the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library will be offering any teacher with proof of employment "buy 1, get 1 free" on regularly priced books during its annual used book, dvd and cd sale. The book sale financially supports the Library and such expensive Friends’ activities as the Children's Programs and the Museum Guest Passes.  Regular prices are $2 for hard backs; $1.50 for trade paperbacks and $.50 for paperbacks.

One last thing, if you have missed any past NTU Updates, they are all on our website @  http://newark.nj.aft.org/

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