This is the first in a series of regular contract updates in our campaign to #Reclaim Rutgers. In order to hear directly from our members and to amplify the union's activities, we want to encourage faculty who use social media to start following our union on Twitter (@ruaaup) and "like" our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RutgersAAUPAFT
Please use our contract campaign hashtag #ReclaimRutgers whenever you tweet.
Due to management's refusal to grant our bargaining team a sufficient number of sessions to hammer out an agreement in time for our contract deadline, August 31, 2014, our union's attorneys have been forced to file an unfair labor practice against the university. Our aim in doing this is to compel management to bargain in good faith, which cannot happen unless we have a sufficient number of bargaining sessions that allow for a genuine exchange of ideas and collaboration—one or two sessions a month for a couple of hours is simply not a serious amount of time to devote to discussing working conditions and compensation for thousands of full-time faculty and TA-GAs.
Please encourage your colleagues to attend your chapter's mobilizing meeting in September so that we can hear from more of you to help shape and so more members can get plugged into organizing plans this fall with your campus Contract Action Team.
Faculty involvement was key in winning better terms in the recent past and it will be again this fall, so please mark your calendar now for a campus mobilizing meeting in September. Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Brunswick's chapter meeting
Tuesday, September 9, 12-1:30pm
11 Stone St., off College Ave, New Brunswick
Lunch will be served.
Newark's chapter meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2:30-3:45pm
Room 224, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark
Coffee and dessert will be served.
Camden's chapter meeting
TBA (likely to be near the end of September)