Welcome to the Spring semester; we really hope you were able to take a break. All of us have faced many challenges since the start of the pandemic, and there will be more ahead. But if we start this week and this semester with a sense of hope, one big reason why is our union and our collective commitment to fight for a people-centered alternative.
Our power as a union to fight for all faculty, staff, grad workers, and students is based on the strength of our contract. A strong, consistently enforced contract is the foundation we need to advance our goals of security, fairness, and equity. You need to know your rights under our contract, and we have a new resource that can help. Our amazing Contract Enforcement/Grievance team has compiled answers to the questions they hear most often about major provisions in our contract and made them available on a new section of our website.
Please go to the Know Your Contract, Know Your Rights section, click on the subject you have a concern about, and scan the list of questions on each page. And remember, reading these FAQs is just the start of helping to enforce our contract. If you have an issue our union can help you address, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll all work to find the answer.
Before signing off, we wanted to share with you another source of hope. Yesterday, we all got a chance to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As we face the challenges ahead, we can rely for guidance on the legacy of Dr. King and the ongoing struggle for social justice.
Todd and Becky
Todd Wolfson, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Rebecca Givan, Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
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