On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, two AFT Local 1904 student employees, Patrick Clackner (award winner) and Cristopher Calle (certificate of recognition), received special acknowledgments for their outstanding contributions to the University community. Our gratitude for your support of the Local's work, and our warmest congratulations to both of you on the public recognition of your efforts!
AFT Local 1904 now has an updated membership card which allows current full-members re-affirm their membership, while specifying a name and address of one or more beneficiaries on the Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) policy (recently upgraded to a $30,000 value) that the Local provides for each full member. The new card also provides agency fee payers to join and become full-members, and when they join they may also provide the name and address of the beneficiary for the AD&D policy. Please note that the beneficiaries of this policy need not match those specified on any other beneficiary documents at Montclair State. Click here to download a membership card. Print it. Sign it. Send it via campus mail to Linda Turano at Dickson Hall 104.
On Saturday (March 24, 2018), at 6:00AM, forty-nine of us boarded a bus, chartered by the AFT Local 1904, to participate in the student-organized, student-led March of Our Lives at Washington, D.C.
Our group consisted primarily of Montclair Students--many from various organizations on campus, such as the MSU branch of the NAACP, Kappa Delta Pi and students from the Women and Gender Studies program. Also part of our group were several middle school age students who are family and friends of adults in the group and MSU faculty and officers of the Local who were attending to support the students.
AFT National''s headquarters, just blocks away from the event, served as a "home base" for AFT members from around the nation and provided a generous assortment of snacks, drinks, sign making materials and a quiet space set aside for march participants in need.
We successfully joined an estimated 800,000 marchers on Pennsylvania Avenue marching for gun reform, and social justice. The program consisted of moving and powerful addresses by students from Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida, other students from around the nation, and various celebrity artists who raised their voices in support of the movement. The event was historic, and perhaps the beginning of a new wave of progressive change in the United States.
We are pleased that MSU was well represented there, and that our Local was able to play a vital role in facilitating our group's attendance.
A deal was reached tonight to end the Jersey City teachers' strike after a 13-hour negotiation session Sunday between school district and union officials. The tentative agreement on a new teachers' contract, if approved by the nine-member school board and members of the teachers union, would end an eight-month dispute between the 29,000-student district and its 3,100 teachers.