Welcome Members – You are the V.E.A. !
Thank you to all those who rallied in red for ed. on 11/30. See it here.
A little drizzle couldn’t stop a few hundred determined professionals, warmed up with hot chocolate and donuts, who took to the sidewalks of Landis Avenue on a chilly Friday evening to educate the Community on how the Board’s illegally high class sizes, Pre-School waiting list, inadequate E.S.L. and Special Ed. staffing, and misplaced spending priorities hurt Vineland’s kids. From the supportive responses it’s safe to say that most Vinelanders agree – enough is enough! Fund our schools! Vineland students and staff deserve better!
Mediation Update (11/30):
After more than 5 hours (5:30-10:45pm), mediation was unsuccessful. The Board would not agree to compromise on reasonable terms put forth by either us or the State-appointed mediator. The mediator recommended moving to FACT-FINDING. This is a multi-step process that will last many months. More information will follow.
Thank you to the 767 members who signed the health insurance petition and the 30 who showed up at the VEA office to make signs for mediation!
More information is posted on the members only Contract Information page (log in using your NJEA credentials) and a general membership meeting will be scheduled in the future. Your support is needed.
Cumberland County Family Shelter – We are collecting donations for delivery each month.
If you hear from individuals or groups trying to convince you to drop your membership or claiming to offer you cheaper representation, understand that they are fronts working for far-right, anti-union organizations funded by the Koch brothers. Their interest is to dilute the power of unions, lowering wages and ending collective bargaining for decent wages and benefits. The V.E.A. remains the only democratic membership organization that exists to represent you. Our power is our unity. Please read this (Click here) if you got the mailing from “Americans for Prosperity” to get the full context of who they are and what you received.
Have a great year and get involved – now is the time!