Published in the May 2016 NJEA Review
by Adrienne Markowitz and Eileen Senn
Media coverage in the past year of the debacle in Flint, Michigan dramatically raised national awareness about lead poisoning from drinking water. Then in March, poisoning from the toxic metal hit home in New Jersey with the revelation of lead above the “Action Level” of 15 parts per billion in the drinking water in 30 of 67 public schools in Newark. Camden and Jersey City have long been distributing bot... Read More
We've all heard the criticism from fellow union members who complain about the calls to action, requests for donations and pleas to support candidates. Few members express an automatic interest and enthusiasm for political action, yet labor unions like NJEA work very hard to cultivate a politically educated and engaged membership. The fact is, whether we like it or not, politics play a major role in our personal and professional lives. Read More
Chapter 78: Why you are earning less?
When Gov. Chris Christie signed PL 2011 Chapter 78 into law on June 28, 2011, he set a chain of events into effect that would ultimately reduce the take-home pay of public employees.
In addition to increases in pension contributions, Chapter 78 also mandated that employees pay a percentage of their health insurance premium. Depending on plan choices, level of coverage, and salary, the employee contribution ranges from 3% of the premium to 35% of the ... Read More