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This Monday, the New Jersey Assembly and Senate budget committees will vote on A4098 and S2660, legislation that uses taxpayer dollars to pay for private and religious school teachers.

Please CLICK HERE to let your legislators know that you do not want your tax dollars funding unaccountable private and religious schools, especially when many of our public schools are laying off teachers and cutting programs because of years of underfunding.

Please contact your legislators right now to let them know that public dollars should only fund public schools!


Tell your Assembly representatives to leave public worker retirement benefits to collective bargaining. Union members are already restricted to a $15,000 payout for unused sick time at retirement. Taking that benefit away from unionized public workers is unfair. Assembly members who respect workers should reject this legislation.



This year, fights at state capitols across the country are looking different than ever before. Educators are tired of the budget cuts to schools, tired of low pay, and tired of being ignored or disparaged. And they are willing, like never before, to act collectively to fight for their kids, their schools, themselves and their communities.

From West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky, and, this week, Arizona and Colorado, educators are walking out of their classrooms to protest low pay, austerity budgets, and the threat of privatization and closing schools.

And they have the support of


How did your members of Congress vote on the Trump Tax Scam?

Along with President Trump, Senate Republicans—all but one—threw the middle class under the bus when they voted 51-49 to pass the Republican tax scam at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Both the bill passed by the Senate and the one passed by the House of Representatives give huge tax breaks to wealthy donors and corporations, at a time of record corporate profits, while sticking it to the middle class and working folks, whose wages have been stagnant for decades and who crave basic economic security for their families. Under this plan

If the last few years have taught us anything it is: ELECTIONS MATTER! November 7 is Election Day.  The NTU fought hard to ensure that schools would be closed on Election Day to ensure that all of our members would be able to go out and vote.
In addition to having the opportunity to put a new governor in place, we are also in the position to see huge changes to the NJ Legislature.  YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
Don't know where to go to vote?  Put your address here to find your polling place!
In Solidarity.
John M

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.

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Take Action: Make your voice heard


Make your views known to those in Congress and state legislatures who represent you on the issues that affect working families every day.  Visit the AFT's Take Action page.

The Corporate Charter Schools are pushing hard to expand and build more schools, which will siphon critical funds needed for PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  Current law specifically prohibits taxpayer money from being used by charter schools for facilities, and the charter school industrial complex is pushing through a law to try and change that.  

If charter schools continue to expand, that will mean less money for the Newark Board of Education, which could ultimately have a negative impact on our upcoming contract negotiations. 

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Tired of paying too much for your health benefits? Rising pension rates making it seem like you’re not getting a raise at all?  It’s important to remember that the health benefit contributions and rising pension rates all came at the hands of Chris Christie and Chapter 78, a law enacted in the 2011-2012 school year, which required school employees to pay a portion of health insurance premiums.