LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES 2016-2017 Session

Updated May 26, 2016


SUPPORT


Tenure/Multi-year Contracts

  • S-883, sponsored by Senator Greenstein (D-14)
  • A-412, sponsored by Assemblyman Benson (D-14)

Makes lecturer and specialist titles tenure-eligible positions, bars state colleges/universities from granting tenure upon hire to administrators and requires professional staff to receive multi-year contracts after five years

Current Status: Senate Higher Education Committee  

Shared Governance

  • A-2133, sponsored by Assemblyman Moriarty (D-4)
  • S-2250, sponsored by Assemblyman Diegnan (D-18)

Adds two employees, chosen by campus unions, to all state college/university boards of trustees.  Employees would have full voting rights, except on personnel matters

Current status: Assembly, Senate Higher Education Committees

Tuition Assistance

  • A-2138, sponsored by Assemblyman Diegnan (D-18)
  • S-1752, sponsored by Senator Turner (D-15)

Expands the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program to part-time undergraduate students at the senior public colleges and universities

Current status:  Assembly, Senate Higher Education Committees

Fair Bargaining

  • A-2077  sponsored by Assemblyman Mukherji (D-33)

Prohibits State from implementing its last offer in negotiations.  Negotiations must continue under terms of expired contract until a new contract is negotiated  

Current status: Assembly Labor Committee

Anti-Privatization

  • S-1068, sponsored by Senator Turner (D-15)

Places strict limits and conditions on the privatization of state services.

Current status: Senate Labor Committee

  • S-798, sponsored by Senator Weinberg (D-37)
  • A-2300, sponsored by Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle (D-37)

These bills establish procedures and standards regarding public service privatization contracts, so as to ensure no public services are privatized unless there are cost savings which are not based on increased charges, or reduced services to the public or lowered labor standards.

Current status: Assembly, Senate Labor Committees

Anti-Subcontracting

  • A-1305, sponsored by Assemblyman McGuckin (R-10)
  • S-1708, sponsored by Senator Holzapfel (R-10)

These bills provide that, during the term of an existing collective bargaining agreement covering its employees, an employer is prohibited from entering into a subcontracting agreement.  Following the term of a collective bargaining agreement, an employer is permitted to enter into a subcontracting agreement only if the employer:

  1. provides written notice to both the majority representative of employees in each collective bargaining unit and to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission at least 90 days prior to any effort by the employer to seek the subcontracting agreement; and
  2. offers the majority representative the opportunity to meet and discuss the decision to subcontract and negotiate over its impact.

With certain exceptions, the bills make all actions of an employer regarding subcontracting mandatory subjects of negotiations – failure to negotiate would subject the employer to an unfair labor practice charge by the majority representative.  Each employee replaced or displaced because of a subcontracting agreement would retain all previously acquired seniority and would have recall rights when the subcontracting terminates.  The bill provides that an employer who violates the act has committed an unfair practice and may be subject to an unfair practice charge with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, under which the employee may be entitled to a remedy including, but not limited to:  reinstatement, back pay, back benefits, back emoluments, tenure and seniority credit, and attorney’s fees. 

Current status: Assembly Labor Committee, Senate Education Committee

Pensions

  • SCR-2, sponsored by Senator Sweeney (D-3)
  • ACR-109, sponsored by Assemblyman Prieto (D-32)

    Amends to Constitution to requires the State to phase in the making of full contributions to state administered retirement systems

Current status: Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee


OPPOSE


State-wide bargaining

  • S-338, sponsored by Senator Kean (R-21)

Authorizes each board of trustees to our institutions to negotiate collective bargaining agreements on a campus by campus basis, thereby breaking up our state-wide bargaining unit. Removes those employees represented by CWA and IFPTE from the civil service system.

Also removes remaining state college employees from civil service system.

Current status: Senate Higher Education Committee