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Recent Accomplishments

2017 is already shaping up to be an active year of #Resistance

  • Women's March on Washington, January 21, 2017 - 7 buses of union members took part in this groundswell against the Trump agenda and for justice and equality for all
  • #Muslim Ban resistance actions, speakouts, and resources made available
  • Education about International Women's Day history and actions - March 8
  • Mobilizing for the Science March on April 22 in Washington, DC and Trenton

 

2016 Actions

Among our mobilizations, we advocated to

Stop the "Death by Metrics" of Academic Analytics: Junk data and hopelessly flawed underlying assumptions of this data-mining contract
Stop the change in RU's "acceptable use" IT policy with the shift to RUConnect using the Microsoft Office 365 platform
End the high course fees for individual classes, especially the glaring $170 for an online dance appreciation course
The lack of lactation spaces on campus
Improve diversity hiring and change the culture in departments to be fair and open to women and people of color
Stop the administration's poor implementation of the TA-GA Professional Development Fund becaused they are not following the letter or spirit of the contract
Solidarity actions with other unions and social justice groups in New Jersey, across the USA, and around the world

 

2015 Year in Review

  • We negotiated a new contract for full-time (tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track) faculty with robust member participation that neutralized the "subject to" (state funding) clause cited by RU management as their legal justification to impose the 2010 salary freeze.
  • We significantly increased minimum salaries, including those for postdoctoral associates and full-time non-tenure-track faculty, and we added 2 rounds of merit increases for tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty in the full-time faculty unit.
  • We joined in solidarity with our part-time lecturer faculty colleagues to settle their contract in record time (as compared to previous PTL contract campaigns).
  • We provided support to several faculty whose Academic Freedom was threatened in diverse ways, e.g., cancellation of a course due to a student complaint about content; politically motivated calls to fire faculty.
  • We compelled the administration to inspect Serin Physics Building in the wake of health complaints from faculty and staff working there.
  • We defended the implementation of a new Teaching Assistant-Graduate Assistant Professional Development Fund.
  • We tripled the amount of money available in the PTL Professional Development Fund.
  • We worked with student allies to defend accessibility and affordability of higher education at Rutgers.

 

A little history on what your union has brought you over its 40 years... 

  • Defended faculty governance rights within the New Brunswick Graduate School related to the Pearson online teaching contract and reinforced the fact that the AAUP-AFT is in the process of negotiating the working conditions for all faculty who are teaching online and hybrid courses.
  • Defended jobs and salaries during difficult economic times, including the use of arbitration and other actions to end a salary freeze
  • Negotiated faculty compensation that ranks among the highest at public AAU research institutions and an innovative Faculty Development Fund to grow the tenured faculty
  • Settled grievances on the salary freeze imposed on recently promoted faculty and TA/GAs, as well as raising minimum faculty salaries
  • Achieved the first postdoc agreement with salary increases, paid vacation and a visa committee
  • Won enforceable TA/GA workload protection
  • Won PTL salary minimums equivalent to pro-rata amounts of comparable full-time positions
  • Negotiated creation of Non-Tenure Track Faculty Task Force charged by University President to investigate working conditions
  • Memorialized the right of Non-Tenure Track faculty to apply for internal Rutgers grants and external grants
  • Improved family leave provisions, extending them to teaching and non-teaching faculty
  • Expanded non-discrimination protections
  • Defended PTL pension rights and access to state health benefits plan

 

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