Friday, April 4, 2014

Statement to the Board of Trustees

At the April 3, 2014 Board of Trustees, Rich Wolfson, President of AFT Local 1904,  commended the Board for establishing the Robert McCormick Center for Child Advocacy in memory of Dr. McCormick, who devoted his life to children. He also congratulated Bill Batkay, Claire Taub, Peter Paster, and Opoku Agyeman on receiving Emeriti status. Together they total 134 years of exceptional service to their educational disciplines and the students of Montclair State University. He also welcomed new Faculty appointments and congratulated Professional Staff on their reappointments. 

In addition, he commented on the inadequate state funding for public higher education and the University's decision to switch food service vendors. His entire statement can be read by clicking here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Needs Your Help!

Members of AFT Local 1904 volunteered at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter on Sunday, April 6, 2014 to help care for the animals. However, the shelter does need donations to help feed and provide medical care for the animals. To make a contribution, visit AFT Local 1904's giving page to make an online donation. Donations will be accepted from now until April 30th.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ratification of Tentative Agreements

AFT Local 1904 is pleased to announce that tentative agreements have been reached with the University on a variety of items. The only items requiring ratification are those which have never been voted on by the membership and are not implementations of the Statewide Agreement. The agreements are available on the Contracts Tab of AFT Local 1904's website ( and listed below. Please review each item, especially those items that require ratification by the membership.

The tentative agreements requiring ratification are:

Cali School of Music - Organization of the School and the Reappointment, 
    Tenure and Appointment Procedures

The items which implement the Statewide Agreement and are not subject to ratification are:

Donated Leave Program: Professional Staff and Librarians

The ratification process will proceed as follows:

a. First reading: The April 9th General Union Meeting will serve as a first reading and discussion of each item.

b. Ratification: The ratification vote will occur at the May 7th meeting. All of the items will be presented as a package for an up or down vote by the members attending.

c. Voting: Voting will be done in person by attendees at the May 7th General Union meeting. Only those in attendance who are full members can vote.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Krystal Woolston - AFT Local 1904's Everyday Hero

AFT Local 1904's own Krystal Woolston is one of the finalist for AFT's Everyday Heroes 2014 Award in the Higher Education Category. This is an affirmation of the outstanding work Krystal has done both on campus with our students, in our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, in the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina and recently in Haiti working with kids in schools. She gives freely of her time and this recognition is the least we can do as a community to pay her back.

You can read more about why helping others is more than just a job for Krystal on AFT's website

Please vote now for Krystal Woolston and tell your family and friends to vote for her as well. Let's let her know how much we appreciate what she does and who she is.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Work That Matters - Volunteering at the CFBNJ

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, a team from AFT Local 1904 volunteered at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). The entire team found it to be a rewarding experience.  
Outfit for a 5-year-old boy.

About the experience Rich Wolfson, AFT Local 1904 President, said "Not only did we do some important work, but it was fun." The group put together outfits for children and their families that made requests through Newark's Head Start Program, and homeless shelters in Jersey City and Union City. 

Many thanks to Nat Bender of AFTNJ and his wife, Kelly, Mylka Biaschochea, Louise Davies, Amy Krenzer, Joann Pinto, Alex Sperling, 
Deb Solomine, and Rich Wolfson for giving their time and effort to help out at the CFBNJ.