AFTNJ 2022 Conference

Start: Saturday, April 09, 2022 9:00 AM

Registration for the AFTNJ 2022 Conference on April 9 is underway. (When submitting your RSVP, please use a personal email, not a work email.)

Registration deadline is April 4 at 5 p.m. ET.

The Hilton East Brunswick has room blocks available for April 8; call (800) 445-8667 or go to and use the group code AFT.

The legislative agenda for the event is as follows (schedule subject to change):

• 7:30-9 a.m.: Registration/Breakfast

9-10 a.m.: Workshop Session One  — Communication in a Digital World

• 10-10:45 a.m.: Workshop Session Two — Politics Outside Our Bubble: A view of New Jersey’s political landscape

• 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Break

• 11:15-11:45 a.m.: Workshop Session Three — National Elections Do Matter

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Legislative Session — Congressman Donald Payne

• 12:15-12:45 p.m.: Legislative Session — Congressman Frank Pallone

• 12:45-1:15 p.m.: Legislative Session — Congressman Andy Kim and Congressman Josh Gottheimer

•  1:30-3 p.m.: Lunch — With AFT National President Randi Weingarten (virtually)

Workshop Descriptions

• Communication in a Digital World
AFTNJ Communications Coordinator Chris M. Junior

Whether you are updating a website or using social media, you want your audience to read your post and understand your message. In this workshop, AFT Communications Coordinator Chris M. Junior will discuss how to use the most popular social media tools in the most effective way. The strategies presented can be applied to professional and personal use.  

• Politics Outside Our Bubble: A view of New Jersey’s political landscape
AFTNJ Lobbyist Peter Guzzo

We have all witnessed the “great political divide” stalling progress in our country.  In this context, New Jersey is considered a “deep blue state” — but are we? AFTNJ Lobbyist Peter Guzzo will discuss what we learned from our N.J. 2021 Legislative election and how it could affect our agenda moving forward.

• National Elections Do Matter
Associate Director of Politics / AFT National Chris Mattingly

In recent years, decisions made in our nation’s capital have impacted the work we do for our students at our higher education institutions and in our public school districts. As we face the upcoming midterm election, we face the possibility of Congress becoming more conservative. The issues and values we fought for — we will be fighting to keep. In this workshop, AFT National’s Chris Mattingly will be giving an overview of where the country stands.