News about and from NJREA September 2018
Your Middlesex County Retired Educators Association was well represented at the 2018 NEA-RA in St. Paul, MN and NEA-RA in Minneapolis, MN from June 26, 2018 through July 6, 2018. Your elected county representatives included seven delegates of the 28 member NJREA contingent — Tom Arlotto, Gloria Cook, Barbara James, Susan Jaysnovitch, Susan Maurer, Cynthia McCray, and Joan Wright. As delegates, we debated many NBIs (New Business Items) and your NJ representatives submitted fifteen of them. We phoned, emailed and sent texts to our legislators — all in support of the interests of each of us.
If you or someone you know plans to work after retirement, please view NJEA FACT SHEET#86 to note post-retirement employment restrictions. View the NEA Today magazine for August of 2018, Page 10, for a complete article dealing with the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Contact any of your MCREA officers if you need further clarification. work after retirement sheet 86.pdf
The General Election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. While 65,853,625 voted Democrat and 62,985,105 voted Republican, 108,856,812 of the eligible voters did not vote in the November, 2016 election. Over 15 million Americans cited transportation as their primary barrier to voting in the 2016 election. Left has introduced The Ride to Vote. Left will provide free or discounted rides to the polls on November 6. Use #The Ride to Vote or check out the Lyft website for more information.
If you are busy or unable to make it to the polls, you can apply to Vote By Mail in your county. Voters may apply for a ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election.
August 26, 1920 — ninety-eight years ago women in the USA were given the right to vote. Motivate your family members, friends, former colleagues, neighbors, and those with whom you are in contact between now and Election Day to perform their civic duty and vote.
After you vote on November 6, make plans to attend the 2018 NJREA Convention at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on November 7 and 8. The room rate for NJREA members is $65 per night plus applicable taxes and fees. To reserve a room, phone 888-797-7700 and identify yourself as an NJREA member. Mention the code WNJR18. Reservations will be accepted until October 24 at this rate, but these special rate rooms may sell out prior to that date. Phone today! This annual event will continue to support the theme “In Unity: Then—Now—Always. You must be a registered member of NJREA to attend this NJREA Convention.
Our very own Joan Wright is in charge of this yearly event and our own Susan Maurer will be at the Registration Table to greet you. Although the convention is free to members, you must register for the informational meetings so that the NJREA Planning Committee will have all necessary materials and a badge for you at registration. The tear off coupons are in your NJREA September, 2018 newsletter (and online at the NJREA website). Plan to visit the NJEA’s annual convention on Thursday before you leave to see the exciting exhibits in Convention Hall. It’s well worth your time and energy to attend this Atlantic City meeting!
As a member of NJREA, NJEA, NEA, and your county association, you are part of a community of education professionals — three million members strong — devoted to advocating for students, educators, and great public schools throughout this magnificent nation.