The President of the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter, Teresa Politano, reached out to the first-semester PTLs about their inclusion in the bargaining unit. Here's her message:
December 18, 2015
Dear PTL Colleague:
My name is Teresa Politano, and I’m the President of the PTL Faculty Chapter of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the union that represents adjunct faculty at Rutgers University. I teach in the Journalism Department of the School of Communication & Information. I’m very pleased to write to you today to share some good news with you.
As part of a newly ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement between our union and the administration, we are thrilled to announce that our union has won the inclusion of all first-semester Part-Time Lecturers into the bargaining unit of employees we represent. Up to this point, all PTLs working in their first semester were excluded from union representation in a sort of probationary period. This is no longer the case, and now you and roughly 500 of your colleagues will enjoy the rights, benefits and protections of our union contract.
First and foremost, this means that you will be granted an immediate pay raise due to the salary increases our union negotiated for the new contract. You can find the details for that raise on our website here. This will be paid out retroactively to the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester. That increase should be reflected in the last paycheck of your fall semester contract on January 29th of 2016.
Additionally, you are now eligible to apply for the newly increased Professional Development Fund for PTLs - there is $60,000 available in each year of the contract. You are also able to take advantage of union protections through our grievance procedure, and your first semester will count toward the longevity increases we negotiated for long-time PTLs.
Moving forward, we will continue to fight for pay equity with the higher minimum salaries for full-time teaching faculty, career advancement opportunities, health insurance, and expanded tuition remission for all PTLs and their families. But we won’t be able to win these victories without you joining your colleagues as a full member of our union. You can download the membership form or learn more on our Join page.
While you are now covered by the contract, you are not a member of the union until you fill out a membership form. I strongly encourage you to join now and look forward to hearing from you and working with you as we move forward into the New Year.
If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this message or to call our office at (732) 964-1000. Again, we look forward to having you as the newest member of our union.
Happy Holidays and enjoy the break.
PTL Faculty Chapter-AAUP-AFT