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!
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.)
The minimum requirement for an adjunct professor member is pursuit of a Masters or Doctoral degree or an advanced certificate in a
COPE means Committee OnPolitical Education. It is the AFL-CIO political support organization. Contributions to COPE are divided half to the State Council and half to Local 6025. We use the funds to support candidates or promote issues favorable to our members. [Learn more ]http://060250.nj.aft.org/files/what_is_cope_cnjscl.pdf
Why Contribute to COPE? We mostly support state assembly and senate candidates. Contributions of $200-$300 are significant in such races and give our local (or the Council) access to legislators to court their support for our needs.
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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
Adjunct faculty who have taught one (1) to twelve (12) semesters will receive $1,505 per credit and adjunct faculty who have
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