The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates our AFT brothers and sisters for their newly secured contracts and their ongoing commitment to their communities and students.
The rising cost of living is an unfortunate challenge most of our families know too well. However, there is still hope as exemplified by bargaining victories achieved by the AFT in Perth Amboy and at Raritan Valley Community College that will afford members fair wages and affordable health care.
Stable wages and benefits ensure that teachers can fully dedicate their energy towards education. This is a beneficial scenario for both students and families throughout the community, which came out to support teachers in their effort to secure fair contracts.
When it comes to providing good jobs with decent benefits, this example proves once again that progress can be achieved through broad community collaboration and when workers are able to exercise their collective voice.