TODAY’S RALLY and Mediation cancelled by Board!
More info.to follow!
Welcome Members – You are the V.E.A. !
Thank you to the 767 members who signed the health insurance petition!
ALL HANDS ON DECK: Rally with ALL your fellow members on Oct. 22 at Landis for the contract mediation. 4:30pm Wear Red! (Overflow parking off of Coney Ave. where we park for football games.)
(maybe you can use the ’employee’ gym we never asked for!)
Say it loud and proud (and click this link): I AM THE V.E.A.!
Want a VEA T-shirt and a cool button? Come to the VEA office on 10/18 at 4:30 to help make signs for the Oct. 22 Rally.
The Negotiations Committee began mediation at 11:30am and continued until 7:45pm on July 25. The state-appointed mediator spent the majority of the time with the Board. He gave them two weeks to respond to his proposal. NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 22. By that time, we will know if we have a settlement or if we will move to the next step in the negotiations process: Fact Finding. Fact-finding is a detailed compilation of evidence from both sides, evaluated by the state-appointed Fact Finder, who makes a recommendation for settlement. The Fact Finder’s report can become public knowledge.
In short, the Board wants you to give more time each day, via shortened lunch and prep. periods, while asking you to pay more premium sharing for inferior health insurance, and offering a salary increase over 1% less than the county average and not enough for step movement. The team won’t settle for this. What are you willing to do about it?
Want to help? Join the ‘Action Team’ – Contact us at the VEA office (696-9200) or via email to V.P. Regina Merkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 billionaires like the Koch brothers. Their only interest is in diluting the power of unions, lowering wages and ending your right to collective bargaining for decent wages and benefits. The V.E.A. remains the only democratic membership organization that exists to represent you. Our only power is our unity. Please read this (Click here) if you got the mailing from “Americans for Prosperity” to get the background and context of who they are and what you received.
Have a great year and get involved – now is the time!
Lou Russo, President
Congratulations to Terry Kuhnreich (VHS-S) and NJEA Classroom Closeup on an Emmy Award!
Cumberland County Family Shelter – We are collecting donations for delivery each month.