As you’re reading this newsletter in December, last month’s election of Phil Murphy as governor is a distant memory. I’m thrilled that after eight agonizing years of Chris Christie’s regime, we finally have a governor in the statehouse who supports public education, respects its employees, and will work hard to put an end to the devastating effects of Chapter 78. That’s the best news and a great way to begin the new year of 2018.
However, our work is not done. It’s up to us to hold our legislators accountable for their actions and insist they move forward Governor Murphy’s agenda to preserve our pensions, maintain our health benefits, and ease the onerous regulations in the classroom, including the end of PARCC testing.
The path to restoring our fiscal stability and righting the ship called New Jersey will be a long road. Fortunately, we’re always willing to dig in, work hard, and focus on our goals. As the African proverb wisely stated, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”
To kick off 2018, we have some terrific January workshops planned by our wonderful 2nd Vice-President, Sue Karolkiewicz. The topics are relevant and there’s still time to register using the coupon in this newsletter.
Start looking for your new Optum Rx prescription card in the mail later this month. It’s a good idea to check our website and NJEA’s website for frequently asked questions and answers. One of the benefits of membership in our organization is that you are entitled to call NJEA headquarters with any specific concerns you may have related to your prescriptions. There will also be a dedicated phone line for our members to Optum Rx.
Are you curious about serving on an MCREA committee? We are always looking for members who are willing to share their time and talents to move our association forward. Drop me an email and let me know what activities would interest you.
Whether you light the Menorah, decorate the Christmas tree, celebrate the rituals of Kwanzaa, or just enjoy the holiday season in a secular manner, I hope that your spirits are uplifted, that you see the wonders of this magical time through a child’s eyes, and that you find laughter and joy in remembering old times and making new memories. Be well and open and welcoming to new adventures in 2018!
If you are not a member, I suggest that you join MCREA/NJREA/NJEA, our unified group, to receive our newsletters and updates.
I hope some of this information is helpful. We deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and together we will succeed in making sure that promises are kept, and our pensions and health benefits are secure.