While undergraduate enrollment has risen steeply, the number of TA and GA positions has not. In fact, the number of TA positions has fallen. Some graduate students are being pressured to finish sooner than planned because the funding they were promised is being withdrawn. Other graduate students are given fellowships, which pay less, offer fewer benefits and are exempt from union protections.
A group of Rutgers grad student employees is organizing, along with all other graduate students, to put a stop to the deterioration of conditions. Supported by our union, we are organizing to reclaim graduate education at Rutgers.
Join us this week as we engage in a “Grade-in” on Wednesday, March 11, at the Rutgers Student Center atrium on College Avenue at 11:00 AM.
Graduate students from all departments, bring your work with you and grade with us in the midst of the busy lunch hour, as a demonstration of the valuable work that grad students perform at Rutgers University.
If you’d like to help organize a similar action on your campus, please respond by sending an email to Joe Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch!
You can find the details of the March 11 Grade-In action here on Facebook:
Lisa Klein, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT