We're continuing to mobilize and show solidarity with other unionized colleagues: our bargaining units of AAUP-AFT Part-Time Lecturer faculty and the AAUP-AFT postdoctoral associates are working on successor Agreements, while our "Legacy" UMDNJ unions continue their separate negotiations. The "Legacy" UMDNJ faculty that were unionized as AAUP-UMDNJ and the new name for their union name is AAUP-BHSNJ, which stands for Biomedical Health Sciences New Jersey.
Implementation of the new Agreement for Full-Time faculty and TAs-GAs is underway. The implementation of July 1, 2015 salary increase for the full-time faculty is being monitored now. This salary increase has different components for full-time faculty who are non-tenure track, tenure track, and tenured faculty. As always, contact the AAUP-AFT office with your questions, 732-964-1000.
TA-GAs realized that a salary increase would not improve their financial position, so they opted to create a TA-GA Professional Developmet Fund to provide research, travel, and summer support. Under current state health care law, TAs-GAs would have been vulnerable to increased health care costs immediately upon receiving a salary increase. The current TA/GA salaries were set as the new guaranteed minimum salaries, allowing departments and individuals to agree on higher salaries where appropriate. The first deadline for applying for the TA-GA professional development funds was June 9, 2015. The TA-GA Professional Development Fund is available every year under the new contract.
Rutgers AAUP-AFT represents more than 6,600 faculty and TAs/GAs. We are strongly committed to preserving and enhancing the quality and accessibility of Rutgers programs and advancing the university to the top echelon of public research universities.
Our members' working conditions are our students' learning conditions.