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Today's the Day! "Don't Be Frozen Out!"

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:14

Today’s the day for our big indoor lunch rally at 12pm and (weather permitting) march to the Board of Governors. Click here for details.

It’s the last opportunity for TAs and GAs and the full-time faculty to be heard by the Board of Governors (BOG) for a long time, so don’t miss having lunch and hearing from student, staff, and faculty activists as well as elected officials who are rallying to our side. We’ve arranged for a shuttle bus in the event of heavy rain to take people from the College Ave Student Center to Winants Hall where the BOG is meeting after 1pm.

There’s been a flurry of last-minute meetings between the union and management and we believe they want to settle with us soon. However, there are a couple of sticking points.

President Barchi’s administration has been dismissive of the economic realities of living in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. They’ve pooh-poohed our cost-of-living data (see charts below) that convey the urgency of raising salaries, in particular for colleagues at or near the bottom of the pay scale. We do not accept being lauded in their strategic planning documents while being undervalued at the bargaining table.

What’s more, it is simply non-negotiable for our union to accept a contract with the “subject to” language that allowed management to freeze salaries in 2010. Click here for brief summary of the "subject to" state funding language. President Barchi would never sign a contract for his own salary “subject to” the financial health of the state of New Jersey and neither should we. Unless management plans to renege on this contract too, they should have no problem suspending or eliminating this "subject to" language.

Please take a moment to sign this petition being circulated through, even if you’ve signed previous ones. Every time someone signs it, members of the BOG are notified, so it’s a great way to make your voice heard by the people who make decisions about Rutgers’ priorities.

See you at lunch,
Lisa Klein 

Cost of Living Charts (using data from C2ER Cost of Living Index, August 2014):

Rutgers-Camden (FAS data only)
Rutgers-Newark (FAS data only)
Rutgers-New Brunswick (Comparison with Public AAU Institutions)
Rutgers-New Brunswick (Comparison with Public CIC "Big Ten" Institutions)

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