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Faculty defending their intellectual property rights and governance.
This is the 2013 audited financial statement (annual report) prepared for the Demand and Return Procedure of the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter showing the expenses chargeable to all employees in the bargaining unit (representation fee payers and members of the union) and those expenses that are chargeable only to those who are members.
The list of PTL who received an award for professional development activities in the 2014 round.
Twenty Part-Time Lecturers have been awarded professional development funds in the 2014 round for this fund. The announcement letters were sent out to every PTL who appplied from President Barchi's office on February 10, 2014.
A group of writers and activists launched a petition on July 11, 2014, calling on David Weil, the new head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, to investigate the wages and employment conditions of adjunct faculty in American higher education.
Part-Time Lecturers have the right to be paid when they teach / supervise a student's independent study. A side-letter to the PTLFC contract sets compensation at the minimum rate of $300 per credit per student.
View Dr. Charles Haberl's interview with NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams, November 4, 2014
This document is the budget breakdown of major categories of the actual expenses from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 indicating what portion of each category was charged to all representation fee payers of the PTL bargaining unit and what portion was charged only to members of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, PTLFC.
Summary of Rights/Benefits
Finally, after years of advocacy, the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter AAUP-AFT has won tuition remission! Thanks to all who have worked with us to achieve this benefit.
If you have an issue, contact the union office as soon as possible to see what avenues might be available to resolve the issue. A grievance may be brought only with respect to an issue that is under the heading of a mandatory subject (during negotiations) or to challenge discipline imposed on a PTL during the semester in which she/he is employed.
Richard Gomes stepped down as president of the PTL Faculty Chapter because his new teaching position as a full-time, non-tenure track professor puts him in the full-time faculty bargaining unit.
Finally, after years of persistent work, the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter (PTLFC) was able to develop a tuition remission policy with the administration. PTLs may apply after the drop-add period ends. In Spring 2015, the last day of the drop-add period is Friday, January 30.
The application form that Part-Time Lecturers will need to fill out to claim their 50% Tuition Remission as employees.
For questions regarding this application, please contact the RU Office of Academic Labor Relations (OALR) at 848-932-7174. The completed form should be returned to email@example.com.
Congratulations to 48 PTLs who received professional development fund awards!
The Part-Time Lecturer (PTL) Professional Development Fund awardees have been announced, February 2015.
Rutgers management agrees that by September 1, 2012, it will issue a letter to all department chairs and deans regarding that Part-Time Lecturers (PTL) bargaining unit employees who teach an Independent Study course shall be compensated at a minimum rate of three hundred dollars ($300) per credit.
PTLs Dr. Allison Franzetti (piano) and Dr. Paul Cohen (saxophone) played at union gathering on May 5.
Most members have seen corrected paychecks. Have you checked your pay stubs lately? Thanks for member activism!
PTL Contract Campaign leaflet 2015
The PTL Faculty bargaining team has put forward some innovative and reasonable proposals but, so far, the administration has denied nearly everything.
Solidarity was built over the summer and now we'll preparing for fall chapter meetings and contract campaign actions that will win a decent PTL contract. Stay tuned and/or call.email anytime.
The alleged actions of Coach Kyle Flood in contacting a PTL to have a student-athlete's grade improved is not just a football story, it is also a labor story.
Full-Time Faculty launched a campaign of support for their Part-Time Lecturer Faculty colleagues on September 9, 2015
The Executive Council of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT unanimously passed this sample resolution and began the process of mobilization to have departments pass the resolution in their departments.
How Much Do You Know about Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers?
Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers are highly qualified and often very experienced in their fields. Yet Rutgers management doesn’t always treat them with the respect they deserve.
An editable version of the Resolution in Support of Part-Time Lecturers (Word 97-2003 format in the attachment).
Full-Time Faculty launched a campaign of support for their Part-Time Lecturer Faculty colleagues on September 9, 2015
We’ve set up a number of campus-based contract campaign meetings for PTLs in September across Rutgers. Come out to these meetings to help build our capacity so we can win what we all deserve: Respect.
PTL round version of the image for PTLs deserve respect
September 11, 2015
PTL Bargaining Update and Fall Meeting/ Action Schedule for September
The following departments have passed resolutions showing their support for their Part-Time Lecturer Faculty colleagues. More departments or units are taking up the solidarity resolution in their faculty meetings (or by electronic communications). When a resolution is passed, please notify the union office at 732-964-1000, or write to the union office via email aaup AT rutgersaaup.org.
If you have questions and/or need information in general about University practices, policies or rules, you can find assistance by contacting our office. Visit this page to find out more.
On Wed, Oct 14 at 12:30 PM, student activists who are supporters of Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops will stand in solidarity with Part-Time Lecturer faculty who are negotiating for a fair contract - outside of and inside Winants Hall where the Board of Governors (BOG) is meeting. They invite all faculty to be part of the action!
So far, RU management has only moved from their initial insulting offer of a 1% annual raise to a 2% raise for part-time adjuncts, though we did succeed in getting them to lower their outrageous parking fee. Come out to the Oct 14 action. Click to read more!
View our new slideshow: Winners of the 2016 Wells H Keddie Scholarship, one winner is Alyssa Kocak (featured above)
Students stand in solidarity with PTLs.
Flyer for the November 10, 2015 Action that will take place at the kick-off for the 250th Anniversary for Rutgers University--if we don't get positive movement at the bargaining table for Part-Time Lecturers before that date.
Adjunct poverty isn't revolutionary
Text of joint announcement about the settlement of the new PTL contract sent out on November 4, 2015
Given the PTL tentative agreement, we truly have something to celebrate on November 10. Everyone is invited to Rutgers' celebration of 250 years and we can move on to other issues that need action!
A summary of the major gains made in the PTL contract for 2015-2018.
Member ratification vote on the PTL Tentative came to a close on December 1.
This attachment is a PDF of the Tentative Agreement reached between the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, and the Rutgers University administration in November 2015.
The Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union’s adjunct chapter voted to ratify a new contract with raises, increases in professional development funds and creation of guidelines for career advancement.
Attached is a Memorandum to Chancellors, Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs from Barbara A. Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on the PTL Professional Development Fund, dated December 10, 2015:
It's time for PTLs to write up proposals to fund their professional development activities that further support their excellence in teaching at Rutgers! Details here.
A representation-fee-paying employee (a non-member of the union) is not charged as much as a full-dues-paying member of the union, according to NJ state labor law. The union has a legal Duty of Fair Representation for all employees working in the bargaining unit, but ultimately the union only has legal standing to advocate for improvements in working conditions if fee payers join the union and claim their workplace democratic rights.
PTL Frequently Asked Questions.
Part-Time Lecturers have made many improvements in their working conditions at Rutgers since unionization in 1988. View the chart to see the gains made.
Part-Time Lecturers (PTLs), called "adjuncts" elsewhere, teach in nearly every department at Rutgers University. More than 1,300 PTLs are responsible for nearly 30% of all undergraduate instruction, in addition to teaching in our specialty and graduate schools. PTLs voted to unionize in 1988, forming the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter (PTLFC)-AAUP-AFT.
PTL Faculty Chapter President Teresa Politano welcomes first-semester PTLs to union representation
Part-Time Lecturer union-negotiated salary increases detailed here! Retroactive increases back to September 1, 2015
Thanks to everyone - members and not-yet members - who called or wrote to point out the errors in PTL paychecks this week! Follow-up action is being taken.
Considering joining the Part-Time Lecturers Chapter? Here's who can join and how.
According to management, there was an error in the calculation process with regard to union dues or representation fees. Due to a management error, many PTLs were overcharged an exorbitant fee credited to union dues. We have been informed that PTLs who were overcharged will receive a refund.
By law, a union's legislative activities are in fact already separated from representation fees. Moreover, neither membership dues nor representations fees are used to support candidates of any party, whether Republican, Democratic or any other.
In response to threats to Dr. Puar, the Executive Council reaffirms that academic freedom protects all scholarly research and communication, including criticism of the actions and morality of any government or non-state actor. The Union offers advice, training, and legal protection to any faculty member facing similar attacks from within or outside Rutgers University.
The PTL Faculty Chapter is proud to announce that our membership strength has grown from a solid 54% full member ratio at the beginning of 2015 to an impressive 70% today. We have set ourselves the goal of reaching an even higher number of full members over the next few months.
All the details about the Summer Instructor salary rates and what to do if your course is under-enrolled
The PTL Nominations and Elections Committee has issued its call for PTL full members of the union to nominate candidates for the PTL Executive Board. Details inside this News article!
A record number of candidates are running for a position on the PTLFC board. Ballots will be mailed next week.
2015-2018 Contract pertaining to Part-Time Lecturers (and other agreements)
Who are the Current Part-Time Lecturer Officers? Click to find out.
The next PTL Executive Board meeting will be September 24
The shape of the corporate university has become clearer over the summer. Now, together we will preserve Rutgers as a vibrant, diverse - even unruly - space of creativity, criticism, and learning!
On September 6, 2016, President David M Hughes sent a message to union members detailing the 10 most significant developments and successes over the summer.
President David M. Hughes sent out the following message to members, letting them know how we are working to resist the imposition of Microsoft Office 365 and to stop the administration's corporate-style overreach in terms of surveillance of faculty email.
President Teresa Politano sent the following announcement to full PTL union members on October 14, 2016
Start early in order to get endorsement by your Department Chair or Program Director and, then, approval by the Dean before submitting your proposal.
The deadline for 2016-17 applications is Thursday, December 15, 2016.
The most important criterion to keep in mind when writing a proposal as a PTL seeking funds for your professional development is:
Sign the online petition created by Rutgers Professors Carlos Decena and Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel - find link in this news item!
Camden faculty also are organizing a rally for #SanctuaryCampus on Nov 16! Camden is already a Sanctuary City!
Because the Union vigorously defends the academic freedom and freedom of speech of all faculty, we are therefore continuing to gather all available facts related to this incident. We also stand in defense of Mr. Allred's rights to privacy and due process.
Politano said "The students seemed heartened to witness the support of faculty. I was personally inspired by the students who spoke on November 16, many of them announcing: 'I am undocumented and I am unafraid.'"
Post-election teaching issues: What has been your experience in the classroom?
PTL Faculty Chapter President Teresa Politano summarizes 2016 gains and looks to the future, including a call for PTL members to ride the union bus to Washington, DC for the Women's March
On January 27, 2017, President Teresa Politano wrote to union members, providing an update on the part-time lecturer faculty chapter's work and future plans.
All Rutgers faculty, full time and part time, as well as grad student employees are encouraged to take this survey!
Rutgers agrees to provide protections in step with the demand for sanctuary campus