Dr. Dawn Nichol-Manning, EOEA President

September 2022

Welcome back! The past summer months gave us an opportunity to rejuvenate, relax, have fun, and get ourselves ready for school year 2022-2023. We are expecting great things to occur in the months to come.

It is exciting to know that we are in campaign season for Congressional races. The NJEA endorsed candidates are Donald Norcross, Tim Alexander, Andy Kim, Josh Gottheimer, Frank Pallone, Tom Molinowski, Robert Menendez, Jr., Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne, Jr., Mikie Sherrill, and Bonnie Watson-Coleman, and Matthew Jenkins.

Voter registration deadline is October 18, 2022. Mail-in ballots are being distributed out around September 24, 2022 so check your mail if that applies to you.
There is much on the line in this election. There are many threats aimed toward public education. We need to see our endorsed candidates back in their seats in Congress to ensure they maintain control of Congress. We do not want to be left in the hands of those extremists who would seek to weaken our democracy, undermine public education, and bring to a halt the right to organize. So please support our candidates and make sure you vote!

Just so you are aware at this time being a part of labor unions is at an all-time rise. According to the recent Galloping poll, labor unions are at the highest approval rate

of 71% since 1965. You are a part of something great and always remember the rights and privileges such as a 5- day work week, contractual time, duty-free lunch & preps, sick days, extra-compensation, and so many other things we just sometimes think just exist were at one time non-existent and was fought for through labor union work. Let us continue to build on the popularity of labor by continuing to stand strong and united.

Welcome to all of our new educators who have joined the East Orange School District. Let’s make sure to embrace our new team players and share the importance of being a member of the East Orange Education Association. We are looking forward to a great school year here in East Orange. Please note the EOEA office hours are 10 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday. The office is closed on the weekend, holidays, and on “no school” days as stated in the East Orange School District calendar. Contact information for the office will always be located on the bottom right corner of the first page of your Informer.

Here are a couple things to remember:
*If you would like to donate a sick day to the Sick Day Leave Bank please make sure to do so by September 30, 2022. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQHPl_ipd- YvwyxppMyeEjmcwCEXjL33tkv-r4bwF4sPFO2w/viewform

*NJEA 2022 Convention will be November 10-11, 2022 in Atlantic City. You can book your room now.
https://njeaconvention.njea.org/hotels
https://njeaconvention.njea.org/faq

*September 15, 2022- October 15, 2022 is Hispanic Heritage Month

*Make sure the EOEA has your personal email address (not your district email) for correspondence.

*Meet your Building Association Representative.

I look forward to working with you this school year. I will be coming around to visit with doughnuts so make sure to come see me when I am at your building.

In Solidarity,
Dr. Dawn Nichol-Manning President
East Orange Education Association