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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Plainfield teachers have a new contract

PEA members rallied for a new contract in 2013.

Word comes
that the Plainfield Education Association (PEA), which represents the school district's teachers and support staff, has finally reached a contract settlement.

The local has been working without a contract since the previous agreement expired in the 2012-13 school year. I am told the agreement sets 2% increases for each of the four years it covers. As I see it, this means that the union will need to go back into negotiations next year for a new contract period.

Meanwhile, the PEA, which is the local affiliate of the New Jersey Education Association (NJE) is said to have received a stern warning in April from the state organization that the local was out of compliance with the NJEA's rules concerning affiliation. Evidently, there were complaints over the failure of the PEA local to properly elect representatives to the higher levels of the union organization.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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