'Newark teachers will get $1M in COVID backpay, union

get $1M in COVID backpay, union

Newark Public Schools

will have to reinstate sick days and repay its teachers and aides who had

The decision

affects 800 people who will be reimbursed approximately $1 million in sick days and pay, the Newark

These “isolation” days,

the union argued, were identical to “quarantine” days, which were paid days under the

Gifford, decided

there was no legal difference between isolation and quarantine days

Calling the decision

“a terrific Thanksgiving gift,” John M

Abeigon, president

of the 4,000-member union, said the Newark Firefighters Union and New York State United Teachers

He felt

binding arbitration would yield a quicker resolution

“It sounded idiotic

to us from the very beginning,” he said of the district’s policy

Members did

not have to be part of the grievance process to receive back pay or reinstated

One Newark teacher,

who did not give her name because she was not authorized to speak with

Nets ‘can’t win a

division, can’t win a conference and