Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
The Kean Federation of Teachers (Local 2187, AFT, AFL-CIO) stands in solidarity with people and institutions throughout the nation who are voicing and demonstrating their commitment to racial justice and equality. Enjoying peace, living free of discriminatory treatment, and remaining alive when interacting with the police are fundamental human rights inextricably linked to racial justice.
We grieve the loss of life, miscarriage of justice, and discrimination inflicted on Black Americans and other people of color and we decry the deep-seated racism at the core of the violence that has
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
Historic Partnership Will Strengthen Both Organizations and Advance American Higher Education
WASHINGTON—Delegates to the biennial meeting of the American Association of University Professors voted today to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers, joining forces to build a more powerful and inclusive academic labor movement that will be better able to take on the challenges facing higher education as well as the threats to our democracy.
The vote brings together two organizations representing more than 300,000 higher education faculty members overall, the largest such alliance in the
Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks
New Jersey’s Legislature has many pressing education issues to deal with this session, but few are more urgent than the oversight of a dangerous and ill-conceived deal to hand management of Kean University’s branch campus in China over to the Chinese government.
Since 2012, the Union, New Jersey-based Kean has operated a full campus in China — the only American public university to do so. While the Chinese invested in its construction in the southeastern city of
Students, faculty, and staff calling for the reappointment of skilled lecturers and professional staff were illegally locked out of Monday night’s Kean Board of Trustees meeting, according to Kean Federation of Teachers president James Castiglione. While hundreds of students, faculty and staff were joined by a State Senator and the Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair rallying outside against the firings, Kean managers filled all the seats and security refused to allow students into the meeting.
“These illegitimate firings eliminated almost all the African-American lecturers in the
A New Jersey college’s threat to sue an accrediting group that criticized one of its master’s degree programs amounts to an ill-conceived waste of time and money, its faculty union says.
A week after Kean University said it’s “standing up for what is right,” union leaders lashed out at the university for its reaction to losing an accreditation for its master’s of public affairs program.
“Instead of wasting money on legal challenges, Kean University management should address glaring deficiencies," said James Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of
UNION, N.J. — Professors, lecturers, professional staff and librarians at Kean University joined instructors from eight other New Jersey public colleges in a statewide demonstration protesting for a new contract Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Kean instructors picketed as part of the state College Council along Morris Avenue at the intersection of Green Lane across from the Barnes & Noble bookstore, seeking attention from the public and state officials in their demand for higher pay, a smaller workload, job security and better pay for adjuncts.
Frustrated by stalled contract talks, the staff at nine New Jersey colleges are holding rallies and protests across the state on Wednesday to fight for a better deal.
“We are trying very hard not to have a strike," said Tim Haresign, president of the union representing more than 10,000 professors, professional staff and librarians. "But I think there is a pretty strong willingness across the state to move in that direction