July 9, 2012
AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Passing of Nicholas Yovnello,
President, Council of New Jersey State College Locals, AFT/AFL-CIO
WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the passing of Nicholas Yovnello, president of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, AFT/AFL-CIO.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our brother, Nicholas Yovnello, and our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, who tragically also lost a beloved aunt as a result of the same accident.
“It has been a privilege for the AFT to work with Nick and the Council of New Jersey State College Locals in their efforts to ensure that higher education faculty and staff are treated professionally, to help their students and to strengthen their communities. This is an immense loss not only for the council, but also for all of AFT New Jersey. Nick’s passion was great, his vision was clear and his commitment was steadfast. His life’s work stands as a true testament to his dedication as an educator and a union member.
“The AFT will honor Nick’s life and work through continuing his ongoing and steadfast commitment to improving the lives and futures of working men and women.”
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.