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Bill Fernekes

I am a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and a proud member of the AAUP-AFT at Rutgers.  From 1974-2010, I worked as a public school teacher and supervisor at Hunterdon Central Regional HS in Flemington NJ, and was an active union member, first in the New Jersey Education Association, and for the past 32 years, in the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.  At the GSE, I teach classes in social studies education, human rights education and global education.  I volunteered in 2014 to serve on the negotiations team for the PTL contract and am currently serving as the elected Treasurer of the PTL Union.

I am seeking re-election as Treasurer because I know that the effective management of our resources can have a very significant impact on how we advance the union’s aims during the next few years, particularly as we continue to increase union membership.  For 25 years, I developed and supervised the implementation of departmental budgets as a school administrator, and I successfully developed and managed budgets for grant-funded projects when I worked in the public schools.  I will work closely with the other union officers and Mala Kakkad, our staff finance associate, to continue to implement a transparent and effective budgetary process, as well as a system for managing the union’s resources to support our strategic goals. 

Additionally, I am pleased to be part of an electoral slate of hard-working, dedicated professionals – from many fields of study and diverse backgrounds, men and women, recent hires and longtime PTLs. We are the team that negotiated the recent contract, which offers, for the first time, opportunities for advancement for all PTLs, with significant raises and job security protections. As a team, we worked years gathering and presenting research data that informed the significant improvements in the PTL employment structure.  As a result PTLs are no longer interchangeable freelancers with zero opportunity for advancement. Moving forward, this team has a clear, concise plan to build on our success, to mirror the employment structures of adjuncts elsewhere in the Big Ten. We recognize that this effort requires vision, focus and hard work. A vote for this slate is vote for a progressive agenda and continued progress.

 

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