On October 18, 2017, union activists sent this message out to faculty union members and mobilized to get lots of faculty and staff to attend the special meeting on SAS staff reorganization:
Dear Union Members,
In response to our union's recent petition, SAS Executive Dean Peter March has called a special meeting Friday, Oct. 20, at 3pm, Livingston Campus, 54 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway to discuss his staff "realignment" plan. This is the latest in a series of policy changes to be created and implemented entirely without any faculty or staff input, even though they directly affect our work environment, our satisfaction, and our ability to retain great faculty and staff. Rutgers has a long history of shared governance, and the chaos that has followed in the wake of these new policies makes it clearer than ever that Rutgers works best with the full participation of its faculty and staff.
For these reasons, we urge all members of the SAS faculty, especially voting members, to attend this meeting on Friday, Oct. 20, 3pm, Lucy Stone Hall Auditorium, Livingston Campus, 54 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway, and vote in support of our resolution to restore faculty and staff to the shared governance of our university.
Whereas all stakeholders should have full and prior input into decisions about the structure and expectations of staff support for the work of the School of Arts and Sciences (New Brunswick),
Therefore, be it resolved that the implementation of the realignment plan be ceased until the final report of an elected committee, comprised equally of staff and faculty, that shall be constituted and empowered to recommend further changes, if any, to the current structure and expectations for staff support.
David M. Hughes, Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Charles Haberl, Chair, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures