Today the Negotiations Committee began mediation at 11:30am and continued until 7:45pm. The state-appointed mediator spent the majority of the time with the Board. He gave them two weeks to respond to his proposal. 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 very 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.
We are seeking members to become involved in the process – we need the support of all of our members at this stage. Please contact us at the VEA office (696-9200) or via email to 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. The V.E.A. remains the only democratic membership organization that exists to represent you. Our only power is our unity.
Enjoy your summer and precious time with family, friends and your own endeavors.
Lou Russo, 7-25-18
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