The Union side of the Health Care Cost Containment Committee has composed the following informational letter addressing concerns related to HEP compliance.
To read the letter, follow this link: HCCCC Letter
The DFT Election Committee has extended accepting Election Committee nominating forms through Friday, March 28, 2014. The election for four two-year election committee positions will then take place at the April 3, 2014 Membership Meeting.
As you are probably aware, we have been soliciting feedback from our members since our attempt at ratification recently failed.
If you have not already been asked for your feedback by the Union, please see Leslie Gordesky to arrange to do so.
By soliciting your input, we hope to be able to go back to the bargaining table and bring you a tentative agreement that you will ratify.
Once we have scheduled the session, we will update this message accordingly.
As always, thanks for your patience and support.
KIRK DILLARD: The ONLY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WHO....
Voted against "pension theft" bill (SB1), argued that it was unconstitutional and didn't reflect input from IFT members and Retirees!
Stood by Governor Thompson when he signed collective bargaining law in 1983 and will fight to protect it.
Fights for increased funding and will give workers a seat att the table.
Opposes "Right-to-Work" For Less
To Download a color flier to share with your neighbors, firends, co-workers and family,please click on the following links.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS TO DOWNLOAD THE 2014 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS. ALSO DOWNLOAD THE UHP CONSTITUTION TO REVIEW THE PRESENT ARTICLE ALONG WITH THE PROPOSED CHANGES.
A longer school day has arrived as a consistent campaign theme. Among the leading candidates, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley says she’s a big believer, while rival Steve Grossman calls a longer day an important tool for improving education. Republican Charles D. Baker says he supports a longer day in underperforming schools.
REPORT ON LAST WEEK’S FULL HOUSE VOTES
ATTENTION ALL UHP MEMBERS:
Due to the General Wage Increase (2013) and the recent Step Increase (2014), the cap for dues has been raised to $33.67.
This increase will take effect in the payperiod that began March 7, 2014.
UHP Local 3837 Executive Committee
Our Chapter’s membership meetings took place February 24 – 25, 2014.
For those of you who could not attend, I am offering a summary of the content.
1. Representatives of Human Resources were available to answer questions new adjunct faculty had about the paperwork required to be properly and completely placed in the Essex County College (ECC) system. It had come to our attention that some of our new colleagues had not yet gotten their ID cards/numbers and had not been paid.
2. Cheryle Gittens-Bailey reported on the Institution Computing Advisory Committee’s activities. The College is exploring the institution of new methods of online instruction.
3. John Smith, the Vic President of the Chapter, discussed our new membership in the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council. He also emphasized the importance of coming to the Chapter first, when faced with obstacles, before challenging ECC administration with them. He is the Grievance officer of the Chapter.
4. Mark Brodsky, the Treasurer of the Chapter, reported on the status of the number of adjunct faculty teaching this semester. He reminded the members about our reimbursement for eyeglasses. He alerted the members of a possible error in the amount of dues being deducted from paychecks, this semester. Mark, further, reminded members of the upcoming Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference in March, which will take place in Los Angeles, CA.
5. Joanna McAvoy, the AFT State Representative, discussed the preparations in progress for the upcoming contract negotiations for our next agreement with ECC. She outlined the concerns that hold a high priority for same.
6. The President’s Report included:
a. The announcement of the passing of Gail Allen, a colleague.
b. Upcoming officer elections and the need for an Election Committee.
c. Announcement of the availability of our scholarship applications for students and for adjunct faculty. In addition, the Robert G. Porter scholarship the AFT offers to members and their children who are high school children. There was a call for a Scholarship Committee.
d. Announcement of the AFT Higher Education Conference, April 11-13, 2014 in Baltimore, MD and the AFTNJ Education Conference, April 26, 2014 at the Labor Education Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
e. Appeal for written accounts of adjunct faculty members’ attempts to get unemployment insurance.
f. Update on the ACA’s 30 hour part time work limit. We reviewed the new IRS Regulations on the topic.
g. Appeal for written accounts or pictures of the difficulty faced in trying to park on campus.
There was no additional business and the meeting was adjourned.
Lynne Peterson Cummins, President of the Essex Count College Chapter of United Adjunct Faculty NJ Local 2222, Chapter 6370.