On September 14, 2022, the Statewide Council of New Jersey State Locals - AFT and four additional Unions representing State employees signed an agreement with the State of New Jersey concerning employee costs for health care. The agreement ameliorates the proposed drastic increases threatened by the State in employee contribution rates.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
AFT Local 1904 Represents at Rally Opposing Proposed Increases to Health Care Costs for NJ Public Employees
On Tuesday, September 14th, 2022, at Noon, at the New Jersey State House Annex in Trenton, Officers and other Members of the AFT Local 1904 joined in solidarity with other Members of NJ AFT and sibling unions representing various public employees throughout NJ to opposed proposed drastic (20%-25%) increases to health care costs for NJ public employees.
Photo (above): Group of five members of the AFT Local 1904, wearing AFT blue, standing in a row at the NJ Statehouse Annex. From left to right: Bill Vincenti, Reference Librarian/Research & Reference Services, Sprague Library; Rich Wolfson, President, AFT Local 1904; Laura Field, Specialist Coordinator, AFT Local 1904; Hugh Curnutt, NAL Representative, AFT Local 1904; Brian Abrams, Vice President for Internal Affairs, AFT Local 1904.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
The AFT Local 1904 is very pleased to have awarded five scholarships in 2022! Recipients were acknowledged virtually (via Zoom) at our Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022.
Monday, November 22, 2021
On Friday, November 19th, 2021, Several hundred people gathered in 40 degree weather at a Rally outside of WPU’s Shea Auditorium to stand in solidarity against proposed layoffs of approximately 40% of full-time WPU faculty (including those with tenure) and numerous members of WPU professional staff. The crowd consisted of members from William Paterson University’s AFT Local 1796, our own AFT Local 1904, as well as other various Locals and our Statewide Council. Various elected officials and other public figures were also in attendance to speak against these draconian measures. Speakers, cheered on by the crowd, condemned as patently false the Administration’s claim that mass layoffs are the one, unavoidable pathway to address the University’s budget exigencies.
These planned layoffs represent not only a devastating blow to the impacted WPU employees and their families, but also to WPU students, particularly given the University’s status as a minority-serving institution. More broadly, the magnitude and scale of these layoffs at WPU represent a potentially damaging threat to the future of public higher education in New Jersey.