ESP rights bill passes, awaits signature

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On Monday, May 20, the Assembly passed NJEA’s ESP due process rights bill, A-3696/S-2163, by a vote of 51-26-1.  This bill, which will give educational support professionals the right to binding arbitration in disciplinary matters, now heads to the governor’s desk to await his signature.

“This bill would not be on the governor’s desk without the tireless advocacy of NJEA members throughout the state,” said Ginger Gold Schnitzer, director of NJEA Government Relations.  “Certified, support, and retired members have joined together to try and win these basic due process rights for our ESP members—and as a result the bill came out of the legislature with bi-partisan support.”

A-3696 was first introduced in the Assembly Education Committee in March.  While scores of his colleagues around the state emailed and called legislators, urging their support, Buena Regional School district maintenance mechanic Brian Currie testified in favor of the legislation.

“As public school employees, we care about our communities and we are happy to pitch in when we can help our fellow residents,” Currie said.  “We simply want to be shown the same level of respect when it comes to treating all school employees fairly and with equal due process rights.”

 If signed into law, 48,000 ESP members throughout New Jersey will enjoy the basic right to due process in the workplace that they deserve.

“NJEA has already reached out to the governor’s office to request that he sign this important bill into law,” Schnitzer stated.  “We are asking members to do the same.”

Take Action

Contact  the governor’s office and ask him to sign S-2163 to give Education Support Professionals equal due process rights.

Call the governor at:  (609) 292-6000

Sample Script:

Hello, my name is ______ from ______ .  I am calling to ask the Governor to sign S-2163 into law to provide employee protections for our education support professionals.  I hope my family and I can count on his support.  Thank you!

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