Thanks to everyone who came out to the picket yesterday! At yesterday's bargaining session our negotiating team, who were joined by some of our faculty activists, explained to the Barchi team why, without fair language around "subject to," their proposed economic offer in essence amounts to 0-0-0. In the spirit of reaching a fair agreement, we made a proposal that sets out to ensure that "subject to" is never again used in an arbitrary and capricious manner, as it was back in 2010.
It's clear to all of us on the union side that only an alternative "subject to" clause with explicit protections for faculty, TAs, and staff can exist. Those protections include:
- A clear trigger that demonstrates true financial exigency
- Transparency in documenting the financial evidence
- Meaningful negotiations with the unions
- Neutral third-party verification of the inability to pay
- An expedited process which resolves the matter prior to the effective date of the increases
We remain hopeful that Old Queens now understands that what happened in 2010 can never happen again.
Thanks to you, we think they have gotten the message. They've promised to respond to our proposal at a yet-to-be-scheduled meeting the week of February 9.
Again, thanks to all who turned out today in extreme temperatures on short notice. Faculty, TAs, staff and undergrads were all represented well.
We'll let you know when this next meeting is scheduled and appreciate your continued involvement in the struggle for a good contract.
Lisa Klein, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT