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Faculty and Graduate Student Employees Win a Fair Agreement

Submitted by Staff on Sun, 02/01/2015 - 14:33

 

By now, full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track) and TA-GAs should have received a joint announcement from Lisa Klein and EVPAA Richard Edwards.

On March 12, 2015, President Lisa Klein wrote:

I am happy to announce that our union has reached a tentative agreement with university management.

Yesterday, the AAUP-AFT Executive Council met and voted overwhelmingly to recommend ratification of an agreement that protects our members from arbitrary salary freezes and health care rate hikes, provides dramatic raises to faculty at the lower income levels — 43% to those at the bottom — and offers TA/GAs a substantial Professional Development Fund. The documents are available online to full members of the union only and are password protected.

Membership activism provided the leverage our negotiating team needed to successfully revise management's "subject to" clause in order to guarantee our raises cannot be frozen at whim. While we were not able to achieve all of our goals, on balance we think this is a good contract.

Ballots will be mailed to home addresses of all full members who are full-time faculty and graduate student employees on Friday, March 13. I strongly encourage all members to vote and return them by April 8, 2015. Chapter meetings where members can raise questions and concerns will be held on each campus the week after Spring Break, see details below. A teleconference call with our bargaining team and elected leaders will be held for all members to call in and ask questions after the break.

       New Brunswick: Tues., March 24, 12pm (11 Stone St, AAUP-AFT office)

       Camden: Wed., March 25, 12:15-1:15pm (Raptor Roost, Campus Center)

       Newark: Wed., March 25, 2:30-4pm (Hill Hall, Rm. 726)

Our union continues to stand with our staff colleagues, most of whom have not yet won fair contracts. The Executive Council unanimously passed this solidarity statement calling on management to extend the same guarantees to them that we have secured in our agreement.

This has been a longer and more difficult battle than the union wanted, but we are tremendously proud of the faculty activism that clinched this agreement. Thank you all!

Enjoy your Spring Break,

Lisa Klein, President

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