A HISTORIC AGREEMENT -- Sudhan Thomas, president, Jersey City Board of Education, and Ron Greco, president of the Jersey City Education Association, came to a contract agreement on Sunday.
JERSEY CITY – After a weekend of intense negotiations, the Jersey City Board of Education came to an agreement with the Jersey City Education Association late on Sunday.
“The Jersey City Board of Education is happy to confirm that we have negotiated and resolved the labor contract with the teachers of Jersey City. A marathon 13-hour negotiation session that began around 8:30 a.m on Sunday, March 18 concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement covering salary, insurance, and other terms at around 9:30 p.m.,” said Sudhan Thomas, president, Jersey City Board of Education. “Mayor Fulop took the lead in bringing the JCBOE and JCEA back to the table and keeping the two parties together at the negotiating table until a deal was reached late tonight.”
On Friday, a court ruling ordered teachers to return to work on Monday, March 19, after teachers walked off the job.
Thomas said by Friday evening, negotiations had still been at an impasse, and that both sides were against to meet on Saturday, but again failed to reach an agreement.
Thomas said the board negotiating team was willing to sit through the night on Saturday if necessary. The two sides agreed to meet on Sunday, and after a long day at the bargaining table eventually struck a deal.
“I am very proud of the board trustees who took time away from work and family over the last nine weeks to reach this historic milestone,” Thomas said. “The agreement is subject to ratification by the full board of the JCBOE and the JCEA membership. Jersey City public schools will operate regularly on Monday, March 19. All programs including Morning Star, Casper, etc., will run regularly with no disruption."