We are pleased to announce that postdocs have voted unanimously to ratify the new Collective Negotiations Agreement on October 9, 2015.
Download a summary of these improvements in postdoc working conditions
The Agreement sets in place annual salary increases, starting with a retroactive increase back to July 1, 2015. The Agreement also includes a joint union-management commitment to improve support services for postdocs, including visa support for international scholars. As one of the first postdoc unions in the USA, the Postdoc Union - Rutgers AAUP-AFT aims to set the bar higher in order to value the work of postdoc researchers more.
More needs to be done but, meanwhile, immediate improvements will flow from implementation of this Agreement.
The salary increase for the first year of this 4-year Agreement will be applied retroactive to July 1, 2015. The union will notify postdocs about the specific pay date on which they can expect to see the 2% salary increase and the retroactive adjustment.
The details of the salary schedule are as follows:
1. New minimum Salary, $40,000: Effective July 1, 2015, the minimum salary for postdoc bargaining unit employees shall be $40,000 per year for a calendar year appointment. Salaries for bargaining unit employees on academic year appointments shall be subject to University conversion guidelines.
2. At least a minimum 2% increase, effective July 1, 2015: bargaining unit employees shall receive salary increases as follows:
a. Unit employees whose salaries are below the minimum salary shall receive the minimum salary or an increase of 2.0%, whichever is greater;
b. Unit employees whose salaries are above the minimum salary shall receive a salary increase of at least 2.0%;
c. Any unit member whose funding source provides for a salary increase in excess of the increases provided for in paragraphs a. or b. above shall receive the increased provided by the funding source.
3. Next 3 Years: The salary framework (in #2 above) will be extended for the next 3 years, with at least an additional 2% increase for July 1, 2016; 2.125% for July 1, 2017; and 2.125% for July 1, 2018.
Amid these gains, we would have liked to set in stone some specific improvements in the support services for postdocs. International scholars, for instance, still struggle to obtain visas and to secure the necessary paperwork from the Rutgers administration. At the bargaining table, management did commit to addressing such problems.
The union leadership commits to doing everything in its power - with active rank-and-file members - to make sure that the RU administration lives up to its promises. Get involved - calling the union office to let us know how your new Agreement is being implemented in your department or unit helps us advocate for the whole, while making sure that individual employees are receiving what the contract contains. Well-informed, full union members are able to enjoy the security of knowing that they can work with the union leadership and staff, while staying focussed on their research. It's win-win!