The Board ratified our contract on March 8, 2017. Human Resources sent out statements of salary during the month of March. If you did not receive your statement of salary contact your Senior Building representative. He/She will contact me and I will ensure everyone receives their statements of salary. When you receive your statement of salary, please check it for accuracy. If you believe there is an error, contact Denise Dufner at ddufne <at> acboe <dot> org. This will help ensure that when you receive your salary adjustment and retroactive pay, the amount will be correct.
Celeste Ricketts, Business Administrator sent out an email dated 3/22/17 with the following important information: Members will see the adjustment for their salaries on 4/12. Retroactive payments for the 2016-2017 school year (July though March 30, 2017) will be processed and generated with the last pay in June. Opt-out payments due to the ACEA members for September through April will be processed for the April 12, 2017, paycheck. Opt out payments due for May and June of 2017 will be paid on the first pay date of those months as was done in previous years.
I also want to make sure that all members are aware of the ultimate status of the “opt out” lawsuit that was filed. As the ACEA previously informed you, the Board and the Commissioner of Education filed “motions to dismiss” our “opt out” out lawsuit. We were awaiting Judge Mendez’s decision. Judge Mendez was to decide whether or not the case would move forward. The Board’s attorney contacted Judge Mendez and advised him that the ACEA and the Board ratified the contract. In accordance with our memorandum of agreement that has been ratified, the ACEA must withdraw the lawsuit and all outstanding grievances regarding the” opt out” issue with prejudice. Therefore, the motions to dismiss have become moot. Unfortunately, we will not receive a decision from Judge Mendez on the authority of a state monitor to interfere with the collective bargaining process. The answer to this question will have to wait until this issue comes up again.
As always, your Association will continue to work hard to ensure that the contract is enforced. Please continue to stay informed by attending ten minute meetings and going to our website @www.atlanticcityea.org. It is important that the lines of communication remain open with each other at all times. United we stand!
It is crucial that we stay united during this difficult time. Make sure you attend all ten minute meetings in your building and read communications distributed in your buildings and posted on our website at www.atlanticcityea.org.
Negotiations /Opt Out Update
The ACEA and the Board are at impasse. Our first meeting with the Public Employment Relations Commission’s appointed mediators was held on September 20th. Due to the fact that our contract and labor laws were broken when the Board made the unilateral decision that was announced on 9/13 to withhold our members’ opt out checks, it was very difficult to negotiate. Our next session with the mediators will be held on November 2nd. Members need to be aware that the mediators set the mediation dates. The earliest date they had available was the aforementioned date.
After the Administration’s announcement that the “opt out checks” were being withheld, the ACEA immediately filed a grievance due to the fact that the withholding of the checks was not only a violation of the contract, it was also a violation of law. The grievance has been filed at the arbitration level.
Our NJEA attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf of the Atlantic City Education Association. The lawsuit is seeking to require the State monitor and Interim Superintendent to immediately resume paying Opt-Out payments to Association members who have elected to opt out of the healthcare plan and to also require them to pay all opt-out payments withheld from these Association members since September 14, 2016. We will continue to keep you posted on all developments regarding this case!
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!