Postdoc union activists have prepared a short survey in order to get an updated snapshot of what current postdocs see as important for support services available at a dedicated Postdoc Office on campus.
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The PTL Faculty Chapter is proud to announce that our membership strength has grown from a solid 54% full member ratio at the beginning of 2015 to an impressive 70% today. We have set ourselves the goal of reaching an even higher number of full members over the next few months.
On February 26, 2016, President David M Hughes sent the following message to our members who are full-time faculty and teaching assistants-graduate assistants. The Executive Council and President Barchi both independently reaffirm commitment to academic freedom.
In response to threats to Dr. Puar, the Executive Council reaffirms that academic freedom protects all scholarly research and communication, including criticism of the actions and morality of any government or non-state actor. The Union offers advice, training, and legal protection to any faculty member facing similar attacks from within or outside Rutgers University.
By law, a union's legislative activities are in fact already separated from representation fees. Moreover, neither membership dues nor representations fees are used to support candidates of any party, whether Republican, Democratic or any other.
State laws that established the nonmember representation fee may be declared unconstitutional. We continue our mobilizing activities to build our strength via strong membership numbers and active member engagement.
According to management, there was an error in the calculation process with regard to union dues or representation fees. Due to a management error, many PTLs were overcharged an exorbitant fee credited to union dues. We have been informed that PTLs who were overcharged will receive a refund.
Thanks to everyone - members and not-yet members - who called or wrote to point out the errors in PTL paychecks this week! Follow-up action is being taken.
Part-Time Lecturer union-negotiated salary increases detailed here! Retroactive increases back to September 1, 2015
At Rutgers, we are putting together support services for our postdoctoral colleagues, as are appropriate for a research university of our size. We have heard from numerous postdocs and Principal Investigators that Rutgers is a confusing maze. Let's discuss!