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!

Membership Recruitment Blitz Surpasses Every Expectation

Thanks to the leadership of AFT Local 1904 Vice President for External Affairs Jennifer Higgins, and the sustained efforts of our many volunteer recruiters, the following are the results for our Membership Recruitment Blitz: 

Total for the Blitz: 63 agency fee converted to full-dues

Total Unit: 1111

Total # Agency: 296 (first time below 300 that I can remember)

Total # Members: 815

AFT President Randi Weingarten has praised this achievement.

The leadership will review the recruiter notes to guide plans for follow-up. We've made great strides, and this is a very strong start. In preparation for the likely outcome of Janus v. AFSCME, we hope to continue this forward momentum, and attain as close to 80% full-dues paying membership as possible. This would mean adding approximately 75 additional full members. Let's continue to work together to make this a reality!

Friday, November 17, 2017

AFT at Sol Stein Awards Gala

AFT representatives attended last night’s Sol Stein Awards Gala supporting the Botto House National Labor Museum and honoring AFT National President Randi Weingarten.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MSU NAACP College & Youth Chapter Soul Food Sunday Hurricane Relief Event

The AFT Local 1904 is proud to be helping the Montclair State University College and Youth Chapter of the NAACP with their Soul Food Sunday Hurricane Relief Effort this Sunday, November 19th from 3:00pm-6:00pm in the Student Center Dining Room. 

The NAACP Youth Chapter's goal is to bring the community together on campus for a Sunday Dinner, devoted to heritage and culture. 

All proceeds from the event will go to a relief fund for the families devastated in Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria, which affected many of our students and staff.

The Local encourages you to attend to support our students, and the Puerto Rican relief effort. The cost is $10 for Montclair State students and $15 for family, friends and all others.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Membership Blitz Week

This fall, during the week of November 13th, the Local is participating in the Council of NJ State College Locals' membership blitz, in an effort to increase the number of full-members in each Local.

The goal of the blitz is to strengthen our membership in order to withstand the anticipated impact of the SCOTUS decision on Janus v. AFSCME

However, the Local's Officers need your help to make our efforts during the blitz a success. If you can volunteer any amount of time this week, please contact Jennifer Higgins via email, at

The officers hope you will join us as we fight forward and fight back against anti-worker efforts to "defund and defang" unions.