Somerset County Retired Educators Association


From the President’s Quill

August 2018

Dear SCREA Members,

Welcome to our new members who retired in June.  We hope to see you at our Fall luncheon and we invite you to join one of our committees or to participate in NJEA lobby days.  Please feel free to contact any member of the SCREA executive committee for more information.  As an SCREA member, you are also a member of NJREA, NJEA, NREA-R and NEA and you will be informed about state and national issues of interest to both active and retired educators and support and support staff.  SCREA Membership Chair, Ginny Pasternak, reports that SCREA membership now stands at 993.

As elected delegates, Tom Arlotto, SCREA Newsletter Chair, and I attended the NEA-Retired and NEA Representative Assemblies (RA) in Minneapolis for ten days earlier this summer.  Laura Bochner, our Member Benefits Chair, attended the NEA RA as a member of the NJEA NEA-Activities Committee.  One of the main topics under discussion was the Supreme Court ruling (Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) that dealt a crippling blow to public-sector unions.  Delegates debated strategies to expand membership, keep union members apprised of their rights, and recover from the impending financial loss that is sure to happen in a post-Janus world.  We will give a brief presentation on the highlights of the RA at our October luncheon.

Note that a list of the NJEA PAC endorsed candidates for the upcoming election was not available in time to be included in this newsletter, but will be announced on the NJEA website, in a SCREA email and in the October SCREAch.  NJEA endorsements are based on the candidates’ positions that are important to both active and retired members.  SCREA Treasurer Bob Kapp was the SCREA representative to the PAC screening committee.

We look forward to seeing you on October 3 at the Somerville Elks Lodge.  Our presenter will be Dr. Joan Mysiak whose topic will be New Jersey Houses from Colonial Times to the Present Day.  Please send in the reservation form by September 28.

Carol Shield, SCREA President