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Dear Brothers & Sisters:

The NTU/NPS negotiations teams met yesterday. The next meeting will be scheduled soon. The NTU Negotiations Team advises the membership to continue to “support the Respect the Contract Initiatives Phases I & II, write your legislators and prepare for January 19th Day of Action.” At today’s  Bldg. Rep. Mtg. we will be providing details for the Day of Action.

Today I visited two schools that were rocked by fatal violence last night, East Side and Hawkins Street.  Last month I visited George Washington Carver for similar reasons. At these locations I watched and thanked


Seton Hall University will be holding an Open House/Information Session for our next Executive M.A. & Ed.S Degree Program in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 4:30pm at the NTU Offices at 1019 Broad Street, Newark



1)      Important message from NTU President John M. Abeigon: In this War on Teachers, we can’t afford to not check our emails, NTU Website, and NTU Facebook posts daily.  In my visits to schools, I came across more than one teacher who did not know who Betsy DeVos was and the danger her appointment as Trump’s Secretary of Education could cause to all public school employees.  One was also unaware of NTU’s recent court victories.  She admitted to me that she was not “as caught up on things” as she should be. 

I get it.  I’m a teacher on leave of absence for Union service. I raised


ALERT--The confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos will happen shortly. Please call your senators this week and let them know you oppose her appointment as Secretary of Education.

It is most effective to call a local office. Here is the list of local numbers to call your senators.

If you want a script for your call, you can find it here too.

Please share!


From: Donna M. Chiera, AFTNJ President []

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:16 PM
Subject: 2016 Review and 2017 Outlook

Dear John,

From struggles to protect pensions and health insurance to local contracts with actual increases in take-home pay for the first time in many years, AFT New Jersey and our locals won many victories this year. I hope 2016 has been good for you and your family and wanted to reach out to you to recognize the efforts and solidarity it took to win real gains for members.

As school and work takes a pause for most of


Pictures from Wilson Avenue's Christmas Concert!