A 3664 A 3395
Concerns arbitration for certain non-teaching school staff. Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts.
NJEA supports A-3664 (Caputo, Jasey, Dancer), and A-3995 (McGuckin, Dancer, Chiaravalloti, Wimberly).
These two bills provide long overdue fairness and job justice to Educational Support Professionals (ESPs). ESPs are essential to providing the very best learning environment for students in our public schools. Despite this critical role in our public education system, ESPs do not receive the same treatment under law as other school staff. These bills would remedy a long-overdue unfairness for these essential school employees.
Specifically, A-3664 would remedy the unequal treatment under law by allowing just cause arbitration on all matters affecting ESP working conditions, such as discipline, withholding of increments, non-renewal, and dismissal. A-3664 would allow ESP members to receive the recognition and respect that they deserve as essential members of our public education system.
A-3395 would prohibit school employers from entering into a subcontracting agreement that affects the employment of those already covered by a negotiated contract during its term. Too often, ESPs live under the threat of privatization and subcontracting despite already having an agreement. Staff who provide vital services to students deserve stability. What’s more, a contract should be binding on both parties—not severed by new agreements with third parties. This bill would not prevent privatization and subcontracting, but only ensures that an employer acts in good faith and honors the contract after it is ratified.
Together, A-3664 and A-3395 would ensure fairness and job justice for the Educational Support Professionals that are essential to providing a first-rate learning environment for students in our public education system.
NJEA asks that you VOTE YES on A-3664 and A-3395.
Text of bill A3395 Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts.
Text of bill A3664– Concerns arbitration for certain non-teaching school staff.
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