WORKERS AT LA CASA NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
For 45 years, the workers at La Casa have been an invaluable resource for the Newark community. Ultimately, the working conditions of child care workers and early educators are also the learning conditions for the children. That is why NJCU is fighting to raise standards across the board: to advocate for our communities and to ensure that our students receive the quality of education and care that they deserve - and why we support the workers at La Casa negotiating their first union contract.
While much progress has been made by child care workers at the negotiation table, La Casa is now refusing to consider wage increases that recognize the value, hard work and dedication of the workers who serve our communities and care for our children. This has essentially brought contract negotiations to a standstill - along with the implementation of proposals that will benefit the children in La Casa's classrooms.
Newark Students Disrupt School Board Candidates Debate Hosted by Charter School Industry
Long-simmering tensions over the rapid expansion of charter schools in the City of Newark took a militant turn at a school board candidate forum hosted by the Newark Trust for Education on April 5th. The student members of NJ Communities United disrupted the forum to demand that candidates running for the Newark Public Schools Board of Education support two student demands: to enact a moratorium on charter school expansion in the city and to end the controversial One Newark Universal Enrollment program which prioritizes charter school assignments over public school assignments.
Seven of the candidates running for seats on the school board immediately signed their names onto the student demands, including Patricia Bradford, Denise Cole, Josephine Garcia, Jameel Ibrahim, Sheila Montegue, Philip Seelinger, and Charles Love.
“The difference between public schools and charter schools is not that charter schools choose who they let in, they choose who they kick out, so charter schools claim to have a higher percentage of students who perform well,” Bradley, also a student at Science Park High School. “The charter schools kick out kids whose problems are too big. We should not be diverting our money to them, we should be putting that money into actually helping students who want and need a good education.”
Read the full press release from NJ Communities United here.