Message from President Susanna Tardi, Ph. D.
I begin my 9th year as President of AFT Local 1796 with feelings of pride, concern and determination. I am proud to be the leader of what many consider to be the strongest and most cohesive local in the Council of New Jersey State College Locals (CNJSCL). Our leadership team is proactive as well as responsive. While our primary role is to protect the rights of our members, we are actively involved in shaping every aspect of the University. We have proven our effectiveness by negotiating local agreements that are in your best interests.
Our most recent accomplishment, preventing the Administration from implementing a three week University closing, was successful because of careful strategic planning and strong arguments presented to the Board of Trustees at a meeting where our Members filled the Boardroom this past June.
I am concerned about the future of unionism and the direction of our University in a political climate that is anti-union and anti-educators. We are at important crossroads in the history of unionism and in the history of our University. We must stand united to inform the public of the facts and destroy the myths about the “evils of unions” and those “devil educators”. We are dedicated professionals educating and influencing the youth who will be the leaders of tomorrow. We must not permit the importance of our role and the responsibilities we bear to be marginalized.
As your President, I am determined to continue to work for the benefit of the members and to promote the University. I urge you to take an active role in our Local by attending Union meetings, assuring that the Union is a standing item on department agendas, keeping Union leadership aware of issues and concerns that could impact member rights, and by examining our newly designed Local website on a regular basis.
In closing, I thank you for all the confidence you have shown me in electing me to be your president for the next two years. My team and I look forward to working with you.