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Contract Update #3: Establishing a Visible Presence to Make Management Respect Faculty and TA-GAs

Submitted by Rutgers AAUP-AFT on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:12

Rutgers AAUP-AFT leaders negotiating a successor Agreement with Rutgers management declares that the management team has taken a high-handed approach to bargaining since we began. The union wants to change this dynamic with two general membership actions during the bargaining sessions scheduled for September 9 and September 18.

First, TA-GA and full-time faculty members are coming together for a mobilizing meeting in New Brunswick on Tuesday, September 9 from 12-1 PM at 11 Stone Street in New Brunswick. Right after the meeting, folks will walk a block to where the bargaining session is taking place in the Student Center on the College Ave Campus to hold signs and establish a visible presence outside the bargaining session as it comes to an end at about 2 PM. Members are encouraged to RSVP for the mobilization discussion so we can order food or RSVP to let us know that you can join us for the short action from 1-2 PM at the College Ave Campus Student Center. 

Please RSVP by sending an email to aaup@rutgersaaup.org or call the union office at 732-964-1000.

Second, we will again establish a visible presence on Thursday, September 18 starting at 9:30 AM in the hallway near Room 118 inside the Busch Campus Center. The bargaining session is scheduled from 10am-12noon.

The union has discovered that bargaining moves along more swiftly and equitably when lots of members whose careers are being discussed are present. The union bargaining team is made up of faculty and TA-GAs who are actively employed at Rutgers. Leaders and members all care about improving their working conditions, but the management at Rutgers University likes to think that average members don't care; we are mobilzing to show them otherwise!

Newark members are holding a mobilization meeting on their campus on Wednesday, September 10 in Room 224 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center 2:30-3:45 PM. They will plan their visibility actions, too.

Then, Camden members will take their turn in mobilizing next. Stay tuned for details for the Rutgers-Camden Campus. 

Members are encouraged to take action by holding impromptu virtual marches on Twitter or Facebook! Use the hashtag #Reclaim Rutgers to post comments or photos of solidarity actions. Follow Rutgers AAUP-AFT on Twitter and Facebook.

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