Please show your support for our sister union, the United Council of Academics at NJIT (UCAN), as they fight for a new contract despite intimidation from their administration. Click here to write an email to New Jersey Institute of Technology President Teik C. Lim protesting the arrest of a UCAN member for the “crime” of speaking out in an NJIT building and urging him to negotiate a fair contract now.
Last Thursday, more than 60 adjunct and full-time faculty, graduate workers, postdocs, and undergrads went to the NJIT Board of Trustees meeting to voice their pressing concerns about low wages, lack of health insurance and childcare support, and cancellation of a free shuttle bus, among other issues. Police prevented the group from entering the Trustees’ meeting room at the scheduled start time of a public comments period, and they later arrested a UCAN grad worker leader for leading chants—ie, for exercising the right of free speech.
UCAN—which represents adjunct faculty, postdocs, and grad workers at the NJIT campus in Newark, across the street from Rutgers-Newark—has been fighting for a new contract that would establish pay for NJIT educators and researchers that is equal to what our unions won last spring. President Lim’s administration has resisted UCAN’s demands and dragged out negotiations, refusing to even meet for a period of months last spring. Sound familiar?
We can’t allow NJIT—which works closely with the Rutgers administration—to treat our union siblings with this kind of disrespect. Please click here to write an email to NJIT President Lim making your feelings known!
Rutgers AAUP-AFT, Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union, and AAUP-BHSNJ