Part-Time Lecturers have the right to be paid when they teach / supervise a student's independent study. Before September 2012, many PTLs were doing this extra work without any compensation. The PTL Faculty Chapter (PTLFC) of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT filed a grievance to correct this problem on behalf of all Part-Time Lecturers at Rutgers. We also brought the issue up at the bargaining table with RU management. The issue was finally resolved as a side-letter that guarantees compensation at the minimum rate of $300 per credit per student. Click here to view the Independent Study side-letter.
This agreement was only possible due to the numerous, detailed responses we received from Part-Time Lecturers. This huge success occurred because PTLs responded to our call. We are now in the process of following up to see how effectively the independent study side-letter is being implemented. Part-Time Lecturers are encouraged to contact the PTL Faculty Chapter to describe experience with independent study. Communications will be confidential; we need to know whether you are teaching / supervising Independent Study and how much you are paid. We are particularly interested if your unit / department is restricting PTLs from doing Independent Studies officially by asking a full-timer to sign off while the PTL actually does the work for no compensation. That would be an unacceptable attempt to get around the agreement and we need to hear about such things, if they are going on.
PTLs are encouraged to contact Richard Gomes, President of the PTLFC-AAUP-AFT, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the union office at (732) 964-1000.