UNION, NJ – Although a tentative agreement to save the 95 paraprofessionals slated to be outsourced for the upcoming school year has been reached, the Union Township Education Association (UTEA) is still planning a rally before Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.
According to UTEA President Ann Margaret Shannon, an agreement has been reached, but not yet finalized, with Superintendent Gregory Tatum. Shannon said she and UTEA Vice President Rich D’Avanzo met with Tatum on August 15 and tentatively agreed to keep the 95 paraprofessionals with one to six years of service. However, according to Shannon, those with less than four years of service may be part-time and may not receive insurance coverage. The paraprofessionals will, however, be Township of Union Board of Education employees, thereby remaining in the state pension system.
“I appreciate the combined work of Superintendent Tatum, Board President Minneci and the UTEA,” said Shannon. “I am also very grateful to Senator Joseph Cryan. He cares about our schools and has worked with the UTEA since the discussions started at the end of April.” Shannon said with Cryan’s help, the Union’s school aid was increased 142%. “Hopefully, the collaboration between all parties will continue next year during our negotiations,” added Shannon.
The rally will be held prior to the Aug. 20 Board of Education meeting at the Board's Administration Building, 2369 Morris Avenue.
Editor's Note: In the interest of transparency, TAPinto Union's owner/publisher, Kathy Cryan, is married to State Senator Joe Cryan.