The New Jersey State AFL-CIO invites you to join us next Tuesday, April 9, as we gather in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of Rutgers AAUP-AFT to picket the Board of Governors meeting at the Paul Robeson Center on the Rutgers Newark campus. After more than a year of failed contract negotiations with Rutgers University, Rutgers AAUP-AFT anticipates a huge turnout for this event, which they’re saying will serve as a “final warning” to the administration.
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers Newark, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ
Our brothers and sisters at Rutgers are demanding more full-time faculty, equal pay for female staff, increased staff diversity, and a salary increase for graduate workers. They are also pushing for the school to hire more librarians, a position that is currently in jeopardy due to proposed budget cuts to the library system.
Last month, in a majority vote, 88% of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty and graduate employee union voted to authorize the leadership to call a strike. If the union goes on strike, this would be the first strike of faculty and graduate workers in the 253-year history of Rutgers University. It would also be the first strike of tenured faculty at a Big 10 university.
The AAUP-AFT full time and TA/GA unit is only one of a coalition of labor unions currently bargaining with Rutgers. These locals represent over 19,000 workers at Rutgers, including HPAE, URA, AAUP – Medical, PTL, EOF, CIR, and CWA. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Individuals interested in participating in the potential STRIKE can sign up for picket shifts here (separate event from the BOG meeting).
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