Friday, December 27, 2013

Union Plus Scholarship Available

The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship application is now available. The application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12 pm (noon)

Eligibility: Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program (which AFT does), their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2014. 
Scholarship Award Amounts:  Amounts range from $500 to $4,000.  These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the fall of 2014.  Students may re-apply each year.

Application Requirements: 1) A letter of recommendation, 2) two essays - one about the applicant's goals, aspirations and community service, and the other about the applicant's relationship with the union and the labor movement, and 3) the applicant's union information, which should include the information stated below. 

AFT Local 1904
Montclair State University
One Normal Ave., CO 314A
Montclair, NJ 07042
President: Richard Wolfson
Office Manager: Linda Turano

If you or a family member applies for this scholarship, please be sure to let the Local know by sending us an email @

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Statement to the Board of Trustees

On Friday, December 20, 2013, Rich Wolfson, President of AFT Local 1904, addressed the Board of Trustees regarding the personnel actions on the agenda. He extended congratulations to the 21 faculty members who were approved for tenure, and the 71 professional staff members  who were reappointed, many with multi-year contracts. 

However, his statement at this meeting focused on Action Item 6 which called for a vote to refer the detenuring of a tenured full professor to the Office of Administrative Law as a contested case for a hearing. He informed the board that the Local is vigorously representing this faculty member as it is the Local's duty to ensure that our procedures, our contract, and the law, regarding the detenuring of a tenured faculty member, are followed and applied fairly. His entire statement can be read by clicking here.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Supporting Students Over Winter Break

On January 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. AFT Local 1904 is hosting a pizza party for students residing on campus during the Winter Break in Machuga Heights' multi-purpose room. At the pizza party, Care Packages will be distributed to the students.

The Local will be collecting donations to pay for the Care Packages and the suggested amount is $10. Donations can be dropped off at the Local's office in College Hall, Room 314A. Contributions need to be received by Friday, January 3rd. Call the Local's office to arrange a time to drop off your donation at ext. 4453. 

Volunteers are needed to help host the party and assemble the Care Packages. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Local's office and let us know either by phone at ext. 4453 or via email at