Here is the summary from the latest URGENT developments from the NJEA Legislative Action Team:
1. As many of you know, all of the NJ State Assembly Members are up for re-election on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. The NJEA has endorsed candidate Deana Lykins for State Assembly in Legislative District 24 (which includes all of Sussex County). Endorsed candidates undergo a series of interviews with the NJEA leadership to determine if they are in “support” of the interests and goals of the NJEA. For more information about Deana Lykins, here is a link to her “in-the-seat” interview:
If you do not live in Legislative District 24, here is a list of all NJEA endorsed candidates: https://www.njea.org/njea-pac-endorses-60-candidates-for-assembly/
If you are not sure what District you currently live in here is a link to find your Legislator:
2. On Thursday, May 23, the NJ State Assembly overwhelmingly (70 to 6) passed A-3395, which prevents privatization of ESP’s during an active collective bargaining agreement, and A-3664, which provides just cause arbitration rights to ESP members. These two Bills are designed to protect the rights of ESPs (Education Support Professionals). What this means is that in the midst of contract negotiations, a school board cannot privately contract ESPS, thus protecting Unionized ESP jobs from being replaced by non members. The second Bill gives ESPs the right to Union arbitrations (legal representation) in any employment dispute. The current Representatives of Legislative District 24, Harold Wirths and Parker Space, voted NO to both of these bills, in so doing, voted NO to protecting ESP rights. If you are dissatisfied with the vote against our fellow union members rights, there is an alternative. See point number 1. Also talk to your friends and family members who live in District 24 and are of voting age to support ESPs rights.
You can also pressure your state senators, through a call or email, to urge Senate President Sweeney to post the ESP Job Justice Bills in committee and then on the floor of the NJ Senate for a vote.
3.Two weeks ago, State Assembly Speaker, Craig Coughlin, introduced an NJEA supported Bill, A-5814, which would reduce the amount of money we would contribute to our insurance benefits. A similar Bill was introduced in the Senate, S-4114. If passed it will save you money. Please contact your Representatives in the Assembly and the Senate to encourage them to vote YES on both of these Bills.
Here is District 24’s contact info link.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
NEA LAT Coordinator J. Rabbitt