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West Essex Tribune covers Oct. 13 rally

The West Essex Tribune ran a story on the MUJCEA’s mediation rally on October 13.  Read it here:  MUJCEAarticle

 

Teachers, Therapists, Nurses to Rally, Oct. 13

Staff at Autistic School Working Two Years with No Contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Oct. 9, 2009 

WHO:             140 members of the Morris Union Jointure Commission Education Association,

                        which represents teachers, therapists, and nurses of autistic students.

 WHAT:           Rally to protest their lack of a contract and urge the Commission to resolve

                        the bargaining crisis.

 WHERE:         New Providence school – main entrance

                        340 Central Avenue

                        New Providence, NJ

 WHEN:           Tuesday, October 13, 2009

                        Rally from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

New Providence, NJ – For the past 18 months, the 140 members of the newly organized Morris Union Jointure Commission Education Association (MUJCEA) have been working without a contract.  Although approximately 180 districts statewide have staff working under the terms of an expired contract, only the MUJCEA and the Educational Secretaries Association of Parsippany-Troy Hills are working without any contract whatsoever.

 “In bargaining a first contract for a local association, generally the boards of education are willing to put in writing the terms and conditions under which the staff currently work,” said NJEA Field Representative Al Ramey, who works with the MUJCEA.  “It is troubling that the Commission is resistant to guaranteeing those terms and conditions in writing.” 

 The Morris Union Jointure Commission provides services for 360 autistic students ranging in age from three to 21 years old.  Students come from 29 sending districts across five counties, Morris, Essex, Union, Somerset, and Hunterdon.

 The school is tuition-based and financially sound, according to the superintendent. 

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 Morris Union Jointure Commission Withholding Contract for Teachers, Therapists, Nurses of Autistic Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Oct. 7, 2009

 New Providence, NJ – For the past 18 months, the 140 members of the newly organized Morris Union Jointure Commission Education Association (MUJCEA) have been working without a contract.  Although approximately 180 districts statewide have staff working under the terms of an expired contract, only the MUJCEA and the Educational Secretaries Association of Parsippany-Troy Hills are working without any contract whatsoever.

 “In bargaining a first contract for a local association, generally the boards of education are willing to put in writing the terms and conditions under which the staff currently work,” said NJEA Field Representative Al Ramey, who works with the MUJCEA.  “It is troubling that the Commission is resistant to guaranteeing those terms and conditions in writing.” 

 The Morris Union Jointure Commission provides services for 360 autistic students ranging in age from three to 21 years old.  Students come from 29 sending districts across five counties, Morris, Essex, Union, Somerset, and Hunterdon.

 The school is tuition-based and financially sound, according to the superintendent. 

 All students – but particularly those with special needs – succeed when caring, committed professional educators work with them.   Unfortunately, the Morris Union Jointure Commission schools have experienced an exceptional turnover rate, which negatively impacts students.   

 The MUJCEA is working to create an environment for teachers and therapists that will encourage staff to stay long-term.

  • Staff have an average of seven years’ experience.  In other special districts, the average is 14 years.
  • The district is providing expensive, high-quality training to people who end up leaving because they have better opportunities elsewhere.
  • The district is losing therapists too quickly and finding it difficult and time-consuming to locate quality replacements.  This has led to a reduction in extra therapies – a service students need and their parents expect. 

 For more information on the MUJCEA, go to www.mujcea.wordpress.com.  The members of the Commission are listed below, along with their contact information.

Morris-Union Jointure Commission Board of Education

Berkeley Heights – Ms. Judith Rattner, (908) 464-1718 ext. 1000 or jrattner@bhpsnj.org

Bernards Township – Dr. Valerie Goger, (908) 204-2600 ext. 101 or vgoger@bernardsboe.com

Boonton – Dr. Christine Johnson, (973) 334-4162 ext. 321

School District of the Chathams – Mr. James O’Neill, (973) 457-2520 or joneill@chatham-nj.org

Clark – Ms. Renae LaPrete, (732) 574-9600 or rlaprete@clarkschools.org

Clinton Township – Mr. Dennis Fyffe, (908) 236-7235 ext. 219 or dfyffe@ctsd.k12.nj.us

Cranford – Dr. Gayle Carrick, (908) 709-6202 or suptoffice@cranfordschools.org

Florham Park – Dr. William Ronzitti, (973) 822-3880 ext. 1003

Harding Township – Dr. Timothy Purnell, (973) 267-6398 or tpurnell@hardingtwp.org

Kenilworth – Dr. Lloyd Leschuk, Lloyd_leschuk@kenilworthschools.com

Livingston – Dr. Brad S. Draeger, (973) 535-8000 ext. 8011 or bdraeger@livingston.org

Long Hill Township – Dr. Rene Rovtar, (908) 647-1200 ext. 1033 or rrovtar@longhill.org

Madison – Dr. Richard Noonan, (973) 593-3112 or noonanr@madisonpublicschools.org

Millburn – Dr. Richard L. Brodow, (973) 376-3600 ext. 151 or brodow@millburn.org

Montville Township – Dr. Gary Bowen, (973) 331-7100

Mountainside – Dr. Jeannette Baubles, (908) 232-3232 or jbaubles@mountainsideschools.org

New Providence – Dr. David Miceli, (908) 464-9050

Roselle Park – Mr. Patrick Spagnoletti, (908) 245-1197 option 3

Scotch Plains-Fanwood – Dr. Margaret Hayes, (908) 232-6161

Somerset Hills – Mr. Peter Miller, (908) 204-1930 ext. 1311

School District of South Orange/Maplewood – Mr. Brian G. Osborne, (973) 762-5600 ext. 1820

Springfield – Mr. Michael Davino, (973) 376-1025 ext. 1213

Summit – Dr. Nathan Parker, (908) 273-3023

Union Township – Dr. Theodore A. Jakubowski (Board President), (908) 851-6400 or

            tjakubowski@twpunionschools.org

Warren Township – Dr. James A. Crisfield, (908) 753-5300

Watchung Borough – Dr. Mary Louise Malyska, (908) 755-8121 or

            mlmalyska@watchungschools.us

Watchung Hills Regional – Dr. Frances C. Stromsland, (908) 647-4852 ext. 4890 or

            fstromsland@whrhs.org

West Orange – Mr. Jerry P. Tarnoff, (973) 669-5400 ext. 206 or jtarnoff@woboe.org

Westfield – Dr. Margaret Dolan, (908) 789-4420 or mdolan@westfieldnjk12.org

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