Thursday January 23, 2020

1. CHAPTER 78 RELIEF and ESP JOB JUSTICE PUT ON THE BACK BURNER!
Many members of the Assembly and Senate have said they will be signing onto our Chapter 78 Relief Bills A5814/S4114 and ESP Job Justice Bills A-3395 and A-3664. However, the bills were never posted on the agenda in the last voting session of the year on January 13th. Continue your emails and phone calls. NJEA will continue its initiative to get our members Chapter 78 relief and ESP job justice in 2020. Tell the Assembly and Senate how important it is that they sign and move these bills to the Governor’s desk. If they pass through the Senate, Governor Murphy has publicly stated that he WILL sign them into law.

What can you do?
1. Visit NJEA.org – Click on “ISSUES” – Click on “ACTION CENTER” – Click on “TELL LEGISLATORS WE NEED CHAPTER 78 RELIEF” – Fill out your information – Send

2. Visit NJEA.org – Click on “ISSUES” – Click on “ACTION CENTER” – Click on “TELL THE LEGISLATURE TO SUPPORT JOB JUSTICE FOR ESP MEMBERS” – Fill out your information – Send

On a positive note, the Assembly and Senate passed the first PATH FOR PROGRESS bill in the last voting session of the year on January 13th. However, Governor Murphy vetoed the bill! The NJEA opposed all PATH FOR PROGRESS bills. Thank Governor Murphy for his commitment to working with and for public employees of NJ.

What can you do?

Visit NJEA.org – Click on “ISSUES” – Click on “ACTION CENTER” – Click on “THANK GOV MURPHY FOR PATH TO POVERTY VETO” – Fill out your information – Send

Take Action NOW! Before Monday January 13th.

Saturday January 11, 2020

From:

President Marie Blistan
Vice President Sean M. Spiller
Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty

RE:  Pathway to “Progress”- related legislation moving

In a desperate, last-minute attempt to sneak bad legislation through at the very end of the Lame Duck session, the Senate and Assembly have scheduled S-3770/A-6118 for a vote on Monday.  Those bills, part of the so-called Pathway to Progress (i.e. Poverty!) plan championed by Sen. Sweeney for over a year, would create a permanent commission to carry out that anti-worker agenda. Here is the text of the position statement NJEA has issued:

NJEA opposes S-3770/A-6118, which would create another costly, permanent, bureaucratic panel, filled with political appointees, for the express purpose of promoting the same failed Pathway to “Progress” agenda that has been used to unfairly scapegoat public employees for the state’s many fiscal failures. The bill requires the panel to consider “employee retirement, health care, and other benefits. It makes no provision to include public employee representatives in discussions and recommendation that would directly affect the terms and conditions of their employment and their economic security.  The recommendations of this bureaucratic body would have a direct impact on public employees and their families with no input from those employees. It represents a return to Chris Christie’s approach of finger-pointing and blame. New Jersey has demonstrated the ability to achieve meaningful reforms when all parties are part of the process. This panel would represent an abandonment of that productive approach.  NJEA urges you to OPPOSE S3770 and A6118.

Please take a minute right now to contact legislators and urge them to vote NO on this latest attack on public employees.

Thank you.

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Thursday January 9, 2020

Countdown to Chapter 78 Relief Bill Vote!!

On Monday, January 13, 2020, the Chapter 78 bill named S4114/A5814 should be up for a vote.  Take Action and call those senators and assemblymen/women who are not on-board yet to vote "YES" because it will save everyone (workers, school districts, and the state) over $3 million combined.

Here's what to say to the following senators:

Hello. My name is [_______] and I am a [position in school/retired]. I am calling to ask that the Senator sign on as a co-sponsor of S4114. This bill would lower health care costs for school employees while saving the state money. [Explain why lowering health care costs is important to you.] I hope my family and I can count on your support.

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT/SENATOR/PHONE NUMBER

1 Mike Testa (609) 284-9076

3 Stephen Sweeney (856) 251-9801

4 Fred Madden (856) 232-6700

5 Nilsa Cruz-Perez (856) 541-1251

6 James Beach (856) 429-1572

8 Dawn Addiego (609) 654-1498

9 Christopher Connors (609) 693-6700

10 James Holzapfel (732) 840-9028

12 Samuel Thompson (732) 607-7580

13 Declan O'Scanlon (732) 444-1838

16 Christopher Bateman (908) 526-3600

17 Bob Smith (732) 752-0770

Here's what to say to the following assemblymen/women:

Hello. My name is [_______] and I am a [position in school/retired]. I am calling to ask that the [Assemblyman/Assemblywoman] sign on as a co-sponsor of A5814. This bill would lower health care costs for school employees while saving the state money. [Explain why lowering health care costs is important to you.] I hope my family and I can count on your support.

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT/ASSEMBLY MEMBER/PHONE NUMBER
2 John Armato and Vincent Mazzeo
(609) 382-5421         (609) 383-1388

3 Adam Taliaferro and John Burzichelli
(856) 339-0808              (856) 251-9801

4 Gabriela Mosquera and Paul Moriarty
(856) 232-6700

5 Patricia Egan Jones and William Spearman
(856) 547-4800

6 Louis Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt
(856) 435-1247

7 Carol Murphy and Herb Conaway
(856) 735-5334            (856) 461-3997

8 Joseph Howarth
(609) 654-1498

9 Brian Rumpf and Dianne Gove
(609) 693-6700

10 David Wolfe
(732) 840-9028

13 Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso
(732) 383-7820              (732) 444-1838

16 Roy Freiman
(908) 829-4191

17 Joseph Egan
(732) 249-4550

Wednesday October 16, 2019

Take Action and tell your Assemblymen/women to vote "YES" to A5814 to give us Chapter 78 relief.

1- Go to NJEA.org

2- Sign in (username and password is on your NJEA member card- if you do not have a member card, contact Crystal Love at VMS).

3- Click on the scroll down tab that reads ISSUES

4- Click on ACTION CENTER

5- Click on "Tell the Assembly: Help control the cost of health care, support the Chapter 78 Relief Bill!"

6- Fill out the blank spaces provided with your name and address.  Then click "Start Writing"

7- A letter will appear.  Click "Send Letter"

 

Thursday September 12, 2019

VTEA members can find legislative issues and ways to TAKE ACTION anytime.

1- Go to NJEA.org

2- Sign in (username and password is on your NJEA member card- if you do not have a member card, contact Crystal Love at VMS).

3- Click on the scroll down tab that reads ISSUES

4- Click on ACTION CENTER

 

See the website link below:

https://actioncenter.njea.org/

June 4, 2019 TAKE ACTION

Thank you to all of you who called, wrote letters, emailed, or visited your legislators to demand fairness in the workplace for our ESPs.  Your hard, tireless work help to pass the ESP Bills through the Assembly.  Now it is time to turn up the heat on our Senators so they vote in favor of them as well.

CALL, EMAIL, or WRITE TO YOUR SENATORS and tell them to vote "YES" to S-296 and S-3089.

Or

1-Go to NJEA.org

2-sign in

3-click on ISSUES

4-click on ACTION CENTER

5- click on "TELL SENATE ITS TIME TO SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS"

6- fill out your name, address, and personal email address

7- click start writing

8- A letter will pop up on the screen.  Click SEND LETTER.

Thank you to all VTEA members who participated in the "15 Offices on the 15th."  It was a great success throughout South Jersey.  Next ACTION EVENT:  VTEA membership dinner at the Mansion on Thursday May 23rd from 4:30-6:30.  Ask your area reps for information or to sign you up for the event.  Eat food, have a drink, learn about negotiations, legislative news, and TAKE ACTION!

may 15 LAT

Thank you to all VTEA members who participated in the "Wear Red For Ed Walk" at the Voorhees Town Center on May 1st.  Next TAKE ACTION EVENT:  "15 OFFICES ON THE 15TH".  Ask one of your VTEA reps or execs if you have any questions.  We are visiting legislators' offices to urge them to pass A-2606 giving us all Chapter 78 relief, as well as S-296 and A-3664 giving our ESPs job security and due process.

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