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Teresa Politano says "Happy Holidays & Join Us on the Bus on January 21"

Submitted by Staff on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 15:58

On Wednesday, December 21, a third bus was booked for Rutgers union members in the New Brunswick area because we've sold out the first two buses that will leave the Labor Education Center parking lot on Saturday, January 21 to go to the Women's March in Washington, DC! Plenty of room for more people to make a decision to stand up for economic and social justice.

December 21, 2016

Dear members of the Rutgers Part-Time Lacturer Faculty Chapter,

Together we have achieved much this year. We also have some big challenges ahead in the coming year.

This semester, most of us saw a significant salary increase in recognition of our longtime commitment to our students, departments and schools. Our teaching salaries remain the highest of any public college or university in New Jersey and higher than most of the privates. As a strong union we should be proud.

In 2016 we also saw implementation in the spring of a significantly increased Professional Development Fund and applications for the next round have recently been submitted. Again, without your strong support this would not have been possible.

Our committees to advocate for career advancement and health care benefits have been working hard and making progress. I thank all who have served on those committees and those who participated in the surveys. These committees take on more importance as the political landscape shifts at the national level and potentially shifts again after state-level elections in 2017.  

The political challenges under the new president are very real and threaten the ability of our scholarly community and our union to organize and defend our values. But we must persist by coming together more often and in larger numbers to defend our students, our rights as scholars, and our union voices.

I’m hoping that you’ll consider joining me, my colleague and full-time faculty union president, David M. Hughes, and thousands of others from Rutgers, higher education and the labor movement on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The unions at Rutgers are supporting the Women’s March on Washington and ask that you join us on buses leaving from across the state.

Click here to see bus details for January 21 and to purchase a ticket for yourself (and friends or family who want to be there with you) .

Thank you for your support over this past year. I hope I can continue to count on you through the next.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
 

In Unity,
 

Teresa Politano
President, PTLFC-AAUP-AFT
PTL, Journalism & Media Studies (SC&I - New Brunswick)

Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
11 Stone Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Office phone: (732) 964-1000
Main union email: aaup@rutgersaaup.org

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