× SECAUCUS – The state’s Department of Education has named a local teacher as their 2018-19 Hudson County Teacher of The Year, according to a press release.The honor is going to Patricia Smeyers, a fifth grade teacher at the Clarendon Elementary School.“Mrs. Smeyers is a teacher known for innovation, creativity and keen knowledge of best practices that ignite her students’ interests,” the press release says. “Her technique incorporates strategies designed to meet the needs of all learners through project based instruction.”Smeyers has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and has a Technology Integration Specialist Certificate from Boise State University. She has also received a NASA Explorer School STEM award. Additionally, a district social media guide Smeyers created received the Teacher’s Guild/International Society for Technology in Education Favorite award and was highlighted at the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education Convention.She is also is a member of many New Jersey Associations, including The Association of Mathematics Teachers, The Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and The National Science Teacher Association. She is a certified Google for Education Trainer.Smeyers was recognized as one of 21 county teachers statewide at an awards ceremony at Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson.Pictured left to right during the Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony at Jackson Memorial High School are Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Hudson County Teacher of the Year Patricia Smeyers, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Daniela Riser, Hudson County Superintendent Melissa Pearce, County Educational Specialist Monica Tone.
“Some of the provisions are regarding fixed-term employment agreements, wages, severance pay, employment relations, layoffs, dispute settlements, social security and others,” the Gerindra Politician said in a press conference on Friday.The House will include substantial points into the bill’s problem inventory list (DIM) to be further discussed with the government in the bill’s deliberation.Article 154 of the bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, eliminates employers’ obligation to pay workers who are laid off due to the company’s efficiency efforts, stipulated in Article 164 (3) of the Manpower Law No. 13/2003.This proposed revision contradicts MK ruling No. 19/PUU-IX/2011, which stipulates that companies can use efficiency reasons to lay off workers only when they have gone bankrupt or will close their business activities. The House of Representatives and labor unions have agreed not to include several proposed revisions in a disputed labor cluster of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, amid persistent calls for the government and House to drop the bill.House Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said a team consisting of members of the bill’s working committee from the House’s Legislation Body (Baleg) and the unions’ representatives had agreed not to include the proposed amendments that contradicted Constitutional Court (MK) rulings, which were final and binding. Topics : The bill also changes Article 66 of the 2003 Manpower Law that guarantees a specific time for a company to hire temporary and outsourcing workers by adding the term “indefinite work agreement”.The team found that the proposed amendment contradicts MK ruling No. 27/PUU-IX/2011 stipulating that a company must have transition schemes to protect its workers.Read also: Tripartite team won’t rubber stamp omnibus bill: KSPN chiefSaid Iqbal, the chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Union (KSPI), said that despite the agreements, the labor unions in the team were still against labor provisions in the bill.“We urge for the labor cluster to be removed from the bill if possible and if the government wants to resolve [the bill] quickly. We told the lawmakers to communicate this with the government. We agree that the country needs more investments, […] especially following the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.Lamhot Sinaga of the Golkar Party, a major supporter of the bill, said members of the bill’s working committee had agreed to prioritize protection for workers. “That’s a point we want to emphasize. We are pro-investment but we don’t want to harm the workers,” he said.Unions members and lawmakers held a two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday at Mulia Hotel in Senayan, Central Jakarta, to discuss the disputed articles before reaching an agreement announced on Friday. Baleg deputy chairman Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party led the meeting.Despite the agreement, labor unions said they would still press ahead with their plan to hold massive rallies on Aug. 25 to protest the bill, one in front of Coordinating Economic Ministry building in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, and another in front of the House compound in Senayan.