Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FAST Fund: An Update

We Believe in Students

AFT Local 1904's FAST Fund has received a great deal of interest this semester. As many of you know, the funding for this academic year is seed funding, and is capped at $5,000 per semester. As such, the Local has been judicious in making grants to students. 

To date, a total of eight students--seven undergraduate students and one graduate student--have received almost $4,200 in assistance. Their emergency financial needs have included materials for classes that they had no other way to afford, car repairs, medical bills in collections, tuition assistance, rental assistance, and funds for teacher certification fees.

As one student wrote to us: 
"Because of [the FAST Fund], I was able to cover my rent and have one less thing to stress about. . . . As you know so many things can come up for a student during the course of the semester and having this resource and safety net available can make such a difference. . . . thank you so much for your help." 

A student who received tuition assistance wrote: 
"This is a huge, positive step in the right direction and I feel very hopeful now."
We would like to be able to do more through our FAST Fund. In order to do so, we need your help. We are asking all members to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Local's FAST Fund. Find out how you can donate to AFT Local 1904's FAST Fund so we can continue this important work beyond this academic year. 
For more information about the Local's FAST Fund, please contact jennifer.higgins@aftlocal1904.org.

Professional Staff Holiday Party a Great Success!

Last Thursday, December 13th, 2018, the first annual celebration was held for professional staff members of AFT local 1904. Staff left their desks at 3:00pm to gather at the Alexus Steakhouse on Valley road for the first ever off-campus get together. It was a pleasure to spend time together in a festive atmosphere, as we acknowledged the importance of professional staff and the solidarity our Local Union brings to Montclair State University. Many thanks to all who could make it and to all who helped in pulling this together--and special thanks to the Alexus staff, who were fabulous hosts.