The ACCCEA and You May 2, 2014

By Daymis Alicea

Let’s extend our welcome to new union members Ramona Smith, student support services, and Edwin Nieves, facilities. Please make sure to stop by and visit or wave hello and introduce yourselves.

Did you know? In an article recently published by The New York Times, the “Cadillac Tax” is part of the Affordable Care Act and public employees will be subject to this tax, even though workers often accept smaller wage increases in order to retain benefits. This tax will be placed on plans that cost more than $10,200 annually for individual plans and $27,500 for family plans. The tax is 40 percent of costs in excess of the limit. Did you know that this law may affect you? This was discussed in an interactive forum on one of the Workshop Wednesdays that your union representatives scheduled during April. This and many other important topics, changes, benefits were discussed and your questions were answered. Plus, dinner was provided. If you missed them, please reach out to your union leadership.

Look at That! The ACCCEA was busy celebrating Earth Day April 22 with the students. The event is always a hit and PRIDE was there to join in the fun. The students totally loved the strawberry bundle that opened up into a cute-as-a-button bag with the earth day buttons. Kudos to Heather Peterson who put those bags together in record time. Thank you to the membership that participated and supported our PRIDE efforts at all campuses.ACCCEA Earth Day CMCC Earth Day

The ACCCEA celebrated Earth Day at CMCC

The ACCCEA celebrated Earth Day at CMCC

Opportunities Abound! Members participated in the NJEA Higher Education Conference in Princeton. Members were excited to join in the many learning opportunities through the sessions offered. The keynote speaker, Benjamin Ginsberg, author of The Fall of the Faculty, was exceptional and engaging. An opportunity to meet the author and get an autographed book immediately followed dinner. There was a lot of opportunity to engage with other members from the state’s many community colleges. We were proud to attend workshops that were facilitated by our union leaders, Sandi Greco “PRIDE in Public Education” and Marcia Kleinz “Associations in Generational Transitions.” Both sessions were well attended and interactive. As a model of unity, Atlantic Cape ACCCEA members are among the groups that are really leading the way in new ways to engage our members and engage in our respective college communities. We should all be very proud and kudos to the leadership for guiding us along this path.

Save Money! Before booking your day trips, destination vacations (like Disney), Broadway or other shows, and other family or solo adventures, call 866-273-5825 and to save yourself some money. New Jersey Education Association Entertainment Discounts for Employees (code NJEA) is ready to save you up to 40 percent on most of your summer plans. For more information, log in to the member section of the For a flyer, email

Save the Date! Spring means baseball season is just around the corner. Our weekend at the South Jersey Field of Dreams is May 16-18. Please consider getting a group together to help out at the Field of Dreams. It is a great event to get members active. Family and friends are encouraged to come and cheer you and the kids on in the stands. Sign up online at

Keep your area of ACCCEA-related news exciting and informative. Send your photos and interesting stories, and other ACCCEA event happenings to, subject: CommuniCator.

‘Til next time, keep working together!

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