Cerf, the new “decider” in Newark, decides to break the unions

Cerf and Christie
Cerf and Christie

Christopher Cerf, the state-appointed superintendent of the Newark schools, has unilaterally taken actions that threaten the future of collective  bargaining rights of the city’s school employee unions–and maybe even the future of the unions. Cerf announced he was imposing a salary settlement on members of the City Association of School Administrtators (CASA), the union representing school principals,  and he directed that prescription benefits plans be changed without a new agreement with the Newark Teachers Union (NTU).