Sunday, July 5, 2020

Statewide Agreement on Furloughs in Exchange for Job Protection Passes


Our statewide agreement on furloughs in exchange for job protection has been approved by the membership of our statewide Council, and will therefore go into effect immediately.

The major points of the agreement, as summarized in a document on the Council's website, consist of the following:


FURLOUGHS

Each College/University has a right to implement up to twelve (12) unpaid furlough days. A College/University may implement fewer days but cannot implement more than 12.


SALARY DEFERRAL

The wage increases payable in July 2020 and September 2020 respectively (the FY 2021 increase) will now be deferred to July 2022 and September 2022. This salary deferral is consistent with existing terms of the Statewide Master Agreement (Article XLI.A.6).


JOB PROTECTION/NO LAYOFFS
In exchange for accepting 12 furlough days and deferring our increases, the College/Universities agree that no unit member will be laid off from employment between now and January 1, 2022 (except where an academic program is permanently terminated).

Saturday, May 9, 2020

2020 Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller, Yovnello, and Nunn Scholarship Awards

The AFT Local 1904 is very pleased to have awarded nine scholarships in 2020! Recipients were acknowledged virtually (via Zoom) at our Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020.


Pictured above, from left to right, beginning with the top row are scholarship recipients Daniel Aguiar-Salazar (BKMBUW), Daniel Andrade (Yovnello), Lindsay Bicher (BKMBUW), Mario Cifuentes (BKMBUW), Patrick Clackner (BKMBUW), Nicole Kuperus (Yovnello), Dayanna Martinez (BKMBUW), Trinity Stackhouse (BKMBUW), and Jenny Yeung (BKMBUW). Recipients are all undergraduate students in various majors, in good academic standing, with strong scholastic aspirations, and who have demonstrated that they would substantively benefit from the support of the scholarship as a resource.

Our heartfelt thanks to members of the 2020 Scholarship Committee: Carmen Reyes-Cuevas, Lisa Williams, Catherine Baird, Reginald Halaby, and Karen Mingo-Campbell. Also, sincere thanks to All those who provided recipients letters of recommendation for our students, to the Local Office Manager, Deb Corasio, for helping to manage the scholarship applications, and to the Officers of the Local 1904 for supporting the Scholarship Committee's award recommendations.

The BKMBUW Scholarship Fund was originally established in 1997 (followed shortly by establishment of Yovnello and Nunn awards—the Nunn award reserved specifically for students who are single parents). The Scholarship currently honors Catherine A. Becker, James P. Keenen III, Joseph T. Moore, Kenneth H. Brook, Anita E. Uhia, and Connie Waller, all former faculty and active union members who were deeply committed to the principles of collective bargaining and to helping our students who demonstrate a significant economic need. 

Please consider contributing to the fund, including in another's name (loved one, etc.). To give to the Fund, please do so via this link or via the Foundation, earmarked for “BKMBUW."

Congratulations to all nine 2020 recipients!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Stakeholder Toolkit From the State Health Benefits Program (3.19.2020)

The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits (NJDPB), on behalf of the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our members and their families in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

NJDPB has developed this toolkit to help you, as a key stakeholder involved with SHBP/SEHBP members, stay informed on various initiatives and other important information available on the COVID-19. Please review these materials and share as you see, bookmark the page, and check back often for the most up-to-date info from NJDPB and our multiple vendor partners. 

*Please note that this document will be updated, as appropriate, and recirculated with an updated date.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions, Local Work Rules, and Your Union

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFT Local 1904 has continued to advocate on your behalf in order to ensure that our Contract and your rights as Montclair State University employees are upheld. Our overriding objectives are to be sure that our members are safe, that your working conditions are safe, and that no one loses even an hour of pay because of the pandemic or COVID-19 related issues.

During the past week, we have been working tirelessly with the Administration to arrive at a set of policies and guidelines for employees under the present set of circumstances. It has been a "moving target," beginning with the Governor's emergency declaration on Monday (that ignored non-civil-service State Employees), then with several Deans announcing that Professional Staff vacations were being cancelled, which turned out not to be the case (as only VPs, Deans, and AVPs had to cancel vacations). We waited for communications from the administration correcting the record, which never came.

Rutgers announced reasonable work rules in an email to their employees. We have been pressing our administration to implement similar guidelines. We have only met with limited success to this point, but Friday's late afternoon announcement by the Administration, Coronavirus: Employee FAQs, sent to employees partially due to our efforts, does go somewhat towards what we will continue to advocate for you. Among other matters, this document states that, during the current precautionary period:

Employees may work at home if they so choose and sets the procedure through Workday to make that request, which will be active as of this Monday, March 16th.

No Professional Staff vacations are being cancelled. 

Additionally, we now have assurances that any employe whose children's schools are closed (or operating remotely), and are unable to work from home, are permitted to apply sick time toward their absence. We are also working with Council and AFTNJ to encourage the Governor to press our administration to do the right thing.

It is the position of the Local that no employee should lose even one hour's pay for reasons associated with the current emergency. For employees who may not have sufficient sick time to cover their absence: We will work, on an individual basis, to encourage the university to do the right thing, although we cannot make a guarantee regarding the outcome. And it is clear that all of our negotiated medical and prescription plans fully cover testing and related COVID-19 medical issues.

We will continue to insist upon clarity and transparency from the University throughout this emergency--including that they provide us with information on where on campus there are confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses, and their plans for mitigation. Our President, Rich Wolfson, has consistently pointed out the the administration that their messaging is insufficient and must demonstrate better leadership of and concern for the employees in our bargaining unit.

Our Local leadership appreciates the fear, anxiety, frustration, anger, and numerous other feelings the members of our community are experiencing at this challenging time of chaos and uncertainty. It is a time when the integrity of our University's guidance and leadership is essential.

We will remain in touch with you, providing updates as we become clear on the University's various plans of action that impact the stakeholders of our community.

Be safe, be well, and let's all please take care of one another.

In Solidarity,
AFT Local 1904