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The union contract is the primary source of faculty's rights at Rutgers University. The contract covers a broad range of rights, benefits and working conditions: from salaries, workload, leaves and holidays to due process rights, reassigned time for research and health and pension benefits.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT units that include full-time faculty (tenured and non-tenured), TAs/GAs and EOF counselors are covered under one contract, while part-time lecturers, postdoctoral associates, winter-summer instructors and EOF counselors have contracts of their own. Each contract is negotiated by elected representatives of their units and the university administration. The union’s leverage is its membership, and the Rutgers AAUP-AFT must often wage membership campaigns in order to reach a fair agreement. 

As a union of public employees, we not only negotiate with the administration but within the broader political arena. Therefore, to strengthen our hand at the bargaining table the AAUP-AFT is an active participant in statewide labor coalitions and community and student groups. We seek to maximize the collective power we have as pubic workers with the aim to maintain and advance the quality of public higher education in New Jersey.

These Collective Agreements (also called "contracts") are also accessible when you see the drop-down menu for this tab. Here are links to the webpages that contain contracts for each bargaining unit:

  1. Full-Time Faculty (Tenured/ Tenure Track/ Non-Tenure Track) and Teaching Assistants/ Graduate Assistants
  2. Part-Time Lecturer (PTL) Faculty
  3. Postdoctoral Associates
  4. Winter-Summer Instructors
  5. Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Counselors

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