Thank you to all of the SOMEA members who attended last night’s Board of Education meeting. For those who did not attend, please know that the BOE did ratify the agreement. Since both sides have ratified, we are officially settled.
Some questions came up at the meeting regarding how the board is reporting information to the state. From the discussion on the board, it appears that they have inflated the SOMEA teaching staff salaries by including other items in the salary line item.
When we negotiate salaries, we use a scattergram. A scrattergram is a snapshot of where every single member is currently placed on the salary guide. Once the scattergram is signed off by both sides, this is what we use in negotiations to develop future salary guides and settlement offers. We distributed that scattergram in the ratification packet for all members to review.
We are concerned by the information questioned last night and are investigating why the board is inflating salary numbers to the state.
We have a scheduled meeting with the administrators for Thursday to discuss this further.
In addition, many questions came up at the ratification meeting and voting about placement on the salary guides. We did discuss this concern with the administrators and will be working on establishing a formal grid that they will use when they are hiring staff. For example, if you have been in district for 5 years, the compression of the guide places you on step 1. When they hire someone with 5 years of experience outside of the district, they should also be placed on step 1. Mr. Memoli did indicate that he has been using a grid, but we plan on making this a SOMEA initiative in order to make sure that the hiring practices are fair for everyone.
Thank you for your continued support to SOMEA and we hope you are having a great summer.
Paula and Hannah
NJEA Members… Reminder!
Rally for Belleville Education Association, Monday, June 23rd at 5:30pm
Belleville High School | 100 Passaic Ave
Now you can get important SOMEA info delivered to your phone! TEXT the word “SOMEA” to the number 99000
Follow the prompts to enter your name and email address.
Montclair State University, the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA), and the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Educators (NJMLE) cordially invite middle school students in grades 6-8, who are interested in becoming future teachers, to attend the NJFEA Middle School Conference: Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Clink the Link for more info:
NJFEA 2014 Middle School Flyer (1)
Steinhauer: Christie pension proposal is illegal and reckless
Will pursue legal action to block plan
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement in response to Gov. Christie’s press conference earlier today:
“This much should be abundantly clear to every New Jersey resident: Gov. Christie is much better at making pension promises than keeping them. As a candidate, he pledged to educators that ‘nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor.’ He broke that promise in 2011 when he signed a law that reduced pension benefits even for current retirees. In signing that law, he made a new promise that the state would slowly return to responsible pension funding practices by phasing in its contributions at a rate of 1/7 per year. Now he says he intends to break that promise, too.
“Gov. Christie’s illegal, irresponsible and reckless proposal to further delay a return to sound pension funding practices will irreparably harm New Jersey and cannot be allowed. In addition to the damage this will do to the pension system and to the employees and retirees who rely on it, this will further damage New Jersey’s fiscal reputation, to the detriment of every taxpayer. NJEA will pursue every legal avenue to stop this reckless and illegal attack on working-class New Jersey resident.”
The arrangements for Jackie Clark, (Special Education Teacher-SOMS) daughter Lesley D. Clark. The Memorial Service is as follow:
Friday May 23, 2014
6:00 – 8:30 PM
6:00-7:00 – Meet and Greet
7:00 Memorial Service will begin
Place: New Hope Baptist Church
144 Norman Street
East Orange, NJ 07017
Arrangements for Meta Johnson: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:30am | Woody Home for Service | 163 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, New Jersey 07050. This is a memorial service.
Wake: Monday, May 12th 2014 6-9pm Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 145 E. Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston,
Funeral Mass on Tuesday, May 13th 2014 at 9am at St Johns Ukrainian Catholic Church, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ
We want to extend our sympathy to the family of Meta Johnson. Meta was a long-time member , who recently retired, of the Clinton Elementary teaching staff as well as a SOMEA rep. May her family find peace during this difficult time.