Rutgers AAUP-AFT represents more than 5,000 full-time faculty, graduate workers, postdoctoral associates, and EOF counselors at the state university’s three main campuses and beyond. Our union is one of the oldest higher ed unions in the country, negotiating collective bargaining agreements for full-time faculty since 1970 and graduate workers since 1972.
We are a proud partner in the Coalition of Rutgers Unions, whose unions represent some 19,000 workers throughout the Rutgers system. Our union is committed to working with our community partners in and around the Rutgers campuses, and we have pledged to use our power as workers and unionists to advance the cause of social justice, democracy, and equality. You can learn more about Rutgers AAUP-AFT on the webpages listed below.
Learn about our union’s origins, some of the important battles we’ve fought, and how we changed through the years to fight for the Rutgers we all deserve.
Read essays by three graduate students about our union’s history, its present struggles, and our hopes for the future, based on interviews with leading members and staff.
Our union logo at the top of this page has been adopted by other higher education unions and organizations. But where did it first come from, and why did we choose it?