TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly today voted to block public schools and colleges from subcontracting services while a collective bargaining agreement is in place. Sponsored by Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Ron Dancer, the bill (A3395) also establishes conditions after the expiration of a negotiated contract.
“We want to make sure the rules aren’t changed in the middle of the game,” said McGuckin (R-Ocean). “Without these protections, school employees working under an active contract can lose their jobs. Support staff should be concentrating on their job responsibilities, not worrying about their futures.”
The bill secures district employees who work one-on-one with students, drive buses, cook and serve in the cafeteria, clean classrooms, and keep schools safe.
“Students are the priority in our schools,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “A contract is binding on both parties and the protections should not be severed by new agreements with third parties. Staff who provide vital services to teachers and students deserve stability and due process.”
In order to subcontract under the bill, a district must provide 90 days written notice to the union and the Public Employment Relations Commission before going to bid. The measure also provides employees with the ability to retain seniority and recall rights when the private agreement ends.