During the September 20 bargaining session, the Rutgers University administration team again failed to engage in serious negotiations. They did nothing to change significantly our previous assessment that the RU administration team is a set of highly-paid administrators with their well-compensated attorney paid to sit across the table from their full-time non-tenure track faculty employees and maintain that, by design, the administration wants to continue thinking of them as a disposable and inexpensive labor pool, in spite of the fact that President Barchi stated on July 11, 2013 at a meeting of the Board of Governors that NTT faculty are not "throw-aways" and should have their working conditions improved.
The AAUP-AFT NTT bargaining team and our members continue to press the RU administration to invest money in the core missions of the university – teaching and research. We are drawing attention to gaping holes in the policies and practices that govern the evaluation, reappointment, and promotion of non-tenure track, full-time faculty at Rutgers University and, in addition, we must not forget the matter of pay.
Establish consistent procedures:
Proper evaluation, reappointment and promotion require standard practices, such as setting triggers for eligibility for promotion and creating a method for reappointment. These standards do not exist at Rutgers. Our proposals establish them
Need to promote job security:
You can teach for decades at Rutgers as a non-renewable faculty member, without the right to advance notice of termination and without being evaluated. Non-renewables never acquire any seniority because if they work beyond their initial appointment, they are, by definition, not renewed. Sometimes it is the person who is non-renewable, sometimes it is the position the person (temporarily) fills that is non-renewable, and in the confusion the employer oversteps fair employment practices.
Rutgers NTT minimum salaries are low compared with other New Jersey higher education institutions:
We know that 15% of all full-time NTT faculty working at Rutgers earn less than $45,000 per year. Rutgers University hires full-time faculty to instruct undergraduates at minimum salaries that are about the lowest in the State of New Jersey for comparable work. Instructors at the county colleges earn significantly more, as do most high school teachers around the state. In Middlesex County, for example, hundreds of research assistants, research associates, and instructors employed full-time at Rutgers earn less than the area’s living wage. There are full-time NTT faculty at Rutgers who qualify for public assistance – food stamps or housing subsidies – that is, if they are citizens or hold a green card.
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