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1) Retro PaymentFor those eligible, your first of two retro payments was posted today. If there is a problem with your retro or you have any questions, YOUR FIRST CALL/EMAIL needs to be to your employer the NPS. There are a variety of things that could have an impact on the amount, including longevity, withholding of increments, unpaid leaves, increment start date (either Feb or Sept), etc. The NTU has no way of tracking down each member’s individual reason why their retro may not be what they expected.

You can reach out to the NPS Contact Center at 973-733-7333 or you can use the



1)      Evaluations –If you disagree with your Annual Evaluation, it is important to write an appeal to NPS’s Evaluations Office and the Peer Oversight Committee.  Email your appeal to

Make sure you include all evidence you can provide that the evaluation is not an accurate representation of you!  If you need help on your appeals, reach out to and

 Also important, IF your personal days or FMLA are being counted against you on competency 5, LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY!

 If you are already on a CAP

Barring a change in district policy regarding today's heat, what can your administrator do to help staff and students get through the day?
1. There is no maximum temperature set out in law, but advice states the temperature inside workplaces should be “reasonable”.

If you have air conditioning you may want to ensure that it is working and switched on, try to keep sunlight out using blinds or curtains where possible.

2. You do have a legal obligation to provide drinkable water in the workplace, so if your drinking water supply isn’t available for some reason you will need to provide bottled water

NPS sent out the following email detailing the changes to Health and Perscription Benefits negotiated in our new contract:


**This email contains important information about your upcoming change in benefits, effective August 1, 2017.**

As you know, the NTU contract which was recently ratified includes changes to your medical and prescription benefits. This email, along with the accompanying attachment, summarizes the changes and important next steps for the August 1st change. We are committed to a smooth transition and want to ensure you have as much information as possible prior to the


From NJ.Com

Lisa Fischman has a monster in her classroom.

His name is the More Monster and he eats, well, more. More potato chips, more pizza, more pickles, whatever food there's a greater number of, the More Monster eats it, inspiring giggles from the children in Fischman's class.

When Fischman starts drawing pictures of food on her whiteboard, the kids know what is coming: "He wants to eat things that are...," she began.

"More," the 5 and 6 year olds said in unison.

The monster -- a greater-than symbol with teeth drawn inside of it -- is one of Fischman's many creations used to blur the lines



1). Calendar Update  - As you are all aware, your employers have decided to cut short your Summer vacation an entire week with little notice.  While we are working hard to ensure that you don't have to come back so soon, the most powerful way to make that happen is in the strong hearts and hands of NTU Members. 

Many of you have vacation plans, many of you have to take your kids off to college, many of you planned on relaxing.  How many of you will take your concerns to where your employer must listen to you?  How many will take the time to tell your employer that you are tired of