Friday, February 9, 2018

Announcement of AFT Local 1904 Elections

To All Full-Voting Members of AFT Local 1904:  

As per the Constitution and ByLaws of AFT Local 1904, an Elections Committee has been properly constituted consisting of members Paul Martinez and Darren Sweeper, who are not running for office with Grover Furr, as chairperson.

An email message was sent to our full unit on Friday, February 9th, notifying the unit that elections are open, and that only full dues paying members may run for office, and that only full dues paying members may make nominations. The offices up for election are:
Vice President for Internal Affairs
Vice President for External Affairs
Vice President for Personnel (Grievance Officer)
Vice President for Negotiations (Chief Negotiator) 
Professional Staff Negotiations Coordinator
Faculty Coordinator
Librarian Coordinator 
Professional Staff Coordinator
Specialist Coordinator
Also, fifteen (15) delegates to the State Council must be elected. It should be noted that we are entitled to 16 delegates to Council but the President serves ex-officio as a delegate. Elected Officers may also serve as Council Delegates.

The timeline for the election is as follows:
March 19, Nomination Forms Due
April 23 through April 27, The Election. 
April 30, Announcement of Election Results.
Any member wishing to have their name on the ballot for any of the above positions, including Council Delegate, are required to complete a Nominating Petition with ten (10) signatures of full-dues-paying members, which is then delivered to the Chair of the Elections Committee via inter-office mail, or directly to his mailbox at Dickson Hall, Room 325.
If ALL of the positions are uncontested, then the election will be conducted electronically. If there are any positions to be contested the election will be run via a mail ballot with the chair of the Elections Committee placing names for each contested position in a hat or box to draw for position on the ballot. Then, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals will conduct the election by mail ballot working under the supervision of the Elections Committee as to ballot design, name placement and mailing to dues-paying AFT full members. 
From the point where nominations are final, the Elections Committee shall have total supervision of the election process. A level and equal playing field will exist for all candidates and use of the Local's membership list via labels and/or the Local's email list with any and all election materials going through the committee and/or Council.
The election will be conducted between April 23 and April 27, for 5 full working days. If there are any questions please direct them to the Chair via email at furrg@mail.montclair.eduIf you want to confirm whether or not you are a full dues paying member, please contact the Local's office at ext. 4453 or via email at to confirm your membership status.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

AFT Local 1904 Represented at the Women's March on New Jersey

On Saturday, January 20th, officers and other members of AFT Local 1904 attended the Women's March on New Jersey, in Morristown, NJ, to demonstrate solidarity with many others continuing to fight for social justice. Details about the march can be found here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Supporting Students on Campus Over Winter Break

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, American Federation of Teachers, Local 1904 at Montclair State University hosted a pizza party for students who live on campus and who did not go home during the winter break. At the party, members of our university community provided pizzas and care packages (funded by union members) to approximately 60 students at Common Area of Machuga Heights.

Some students remain on campus during the winter break, due to travel expenses or certain commitments on campus, such as athletics. Others simply consider the university to be their home, at this time. This pizza part and care package distribution event is part of AFT Local 1904's tradition of supporting students and helping them to feel welcome throughout the academic year. It is our hope that these packages will help students experience better quality time on campus during the intersession.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Student Loan Debt Clinic

Over 44 million people in the United States are struggling to make their monthly student loan payments, and millions more see economic and personal opportunities pass as they prioritize paying down their debt. Does this sound like you or someone you know?

Many of these people may qualify for free federal programs that can help reduce their monthly payments and eventually lead to student loan forgiveness, but these lifeline programs are significantly under-enrolled. In an effort to help our members get access to these programs, AFT Local 1904, with the support from our American Federation of Teachers international union, is proud to host a Student Debt Clinic which will provide information on how to enroll in Income-Driven Repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

We will be offering a Student Debt Clinic on Tuesday, February 6th @ 12 noon in Student Center Room 419. Bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided.

To attend a Student Debt Clinic, you must pre-register here. Registration is first come, first serve, and we must cap attendance at 50 participants in order to ensure that we are able to provide maximum assistance to attendees. 

Managing your student loan debt is the first step in taking on the inequities which plague our system of higher education, and we look forward to seeing you at the Student Debt Clinic and working together to find a collective solution to the problems of student debt and college affordability!

For more information, please read this brochure.

Don't delay, register today!