As we begin a new school year we continue to face many challenges. It is crucial that we are united as a union when facing all challenges and controversies. We have many activities and workshops planned for this year. See your Senior Building Representatives for our 2017-2018 calendar. Don’t miss our “Old Meets the New” Activity on September 22nd at 3:00- 5:00 at the Irish Pub in the patio room. Make sure you bring new members with you.
The ACEA continues to work hard to ensure the contract is enforced. As was previously announced, a grievance was filed in May on behalf of all effected members. An email dated 5/19/17 was sent to all employees in the Atlantic City School District. The memo stated that effective July 1st, members will no longer be able to use their sick days for approved family leave. We believe this is a unilateral change in past practice and a violation of our contract. It is also not pursuant to what the New Jersey Family Leave Act and New Jersey Family Leave Insurance regulations permit. Our remedy sought is that the district must continue to allow members to use their sick time for approved family leaves and if members are forced to go on unpaid leave, they must be reimbursed. This grievance was not resolved at the Board level. Therefore, we will pursue this matter at the arbitration level. It is crucial that members keep track of out of pocket losses when they are forced to take unpaid leave. We will also need copies of pay stubs that show monetary losses. When the arbitration hearing is scheduled, the ACEA will give members instructions as to how to submit the necessary documentation to us.
A grievance was also filed on behalf of all members due to the fact that the Board is requiring members to premium share for dental and vision benefits. We believe that since we are now in the State Health Benefits Program we should not be premium sharing for dental and vision insurance. Our remedy sought is that members must be reimbursed for premium sharing for dental and vision insurance. This grievance was also not resolved at the Board level and we will also pursue this matter at the arbitration level.
We will continue to keep you informed on all outstanding issues! Make sure you attend ten minute meetings in your buildings and plan to attend our 10/23 General Meeting at 3:15 at the Dr. MLK, Jr. School Complex. I look forward to seeing you at this year’s meetings and events!
Marcia Genova, ACEA President
Preparing for our first Door-To-Door event, meeting and listening to our members to serve them better.
ACEA members and NJEA staff working together on our Door-To-Door event.
Our Door-To-Door Leadership!