President's Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Solidarity,

We are looking forward to 2020 as an exciting year where we will be advancing the cause of adjuncts here at Montclair.

First, the adjunct contract was ratified by a 99% vote in favor. The contract can be seen on the Council of New Jersey State College Locals webpage at  www.cnjscl.org  Thank you all for voting.

Second, recently we were awarded a grant from AFTNJ for a student intern who would be a liaison between the union locals and student body.  We are sharing this intern with Local 1904.  The role of this intern is to:

  • Generate student involvement in union sponsored events such as solidarity walks or rallies.
  • Generate union involvement in student sponsored events such as voter registration and other civic engagement events.
  • Develop a student team to assist training of potential future interns.
  • Develop relationships with student government.
  • Enlist the assistance of the campus newspaper, The Montclarion.    
  • Assist in weekly pop-up information tables around campus that enhance  student engagement  and member engagement.
  • Distribute Union communication/announcements to campus newspapers and other publications and directly to membership.
  • Assist with social media  campaigns.

We are very excited to be working with our sister union of full time professors, Local 1904. Our intern has already met with us, introduced us to a second assistant intern, and begun his outreach to the student body.

Third, we are excited that our state legislature has passed an Adjunct Bill of Rights emphasizing such important issues as equal pay for equal work, respect as professionals, voluntary inclusion in shared governance with voting rights, participation in professional development opportunities, the ability to attend conferences without financial penalty or risk to future employment , auditing classes without tuition or fee charges (given available class space), and access to unemployment benefits.  This provides our local with the road map for what we hope to achieve over the next few years.

Have a wonderful semester! And remember: Local 6025 we’ve got your backs!

In solidarity,

Mary Monahan Wallace, President 

State Contract 2019-2023

After negotiations with the State and the State College/University Presidents, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals reached an agreement and the state contract that was ratified in The Fall of 2019.  Below are some details of the contract based on the December 13, 2019 Memorandum of Agreement for the 2019 to 2023 Adjunct Faculty Agreement between the State of New Jersey and the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, AFT, AFL-CIO.

SALARY INCREASES-Article XIV

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Scholarships Available to Adjuncts and Their Families

Once again Adjunct Local 6025 will be offering scholarships to two adjunct members who are furthering their education at Montclair University and to two children of adjunct members attending Montclair.

The minimum requirements for children of adjunct members are the applicant must be a full time student, who has completed of at least two semesters and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of the fall semester of 2019 (copy of transcript is required.)

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COPE Political Contributions

COPE means Committee On Political Education. It is the AFL-CIO political support organization. Contributions to COPE are divided half to the State Council and half to Local 6025.

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Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.

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