Takeaway: Our adjunct colleagues were drastically underpaid in their retro checks last Friday, and some got no retro pay at all. Sign this petition to President Holloway demanding that the administration honor the terms of our union contracts.
University Human Resources made a mess of retro pay for all of us, but our adjunct colleagues had it the worst. Only a few lecturers received the full back pay owed to them for the salary increases won thanks to our contract campaign and strike.
Some—those who taught last fall but not in the spring—received nothing at all, and the administration is threatening not to pay them until September at the earliest. They haven’t said if they’ll pay those who don’t return to teach in the fall at all!
The Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union has issued a demand that management resolve this issue within the next 48 hours, or they will seek legal remedies. They have also drafted a petition to President Holloway, in coordination with our union. We ask you to sign the petition now—and then share it with your friends and colleagues.
The administration needs to honor its commitment to pay all adjunct faculty what they are owed. As the petition states: “The Rutgers administration agreed to a groundbreaking union contract that finally raised adjunct faculty pay up toward equity with other faculty and provided them with greater job security. But this overdue expression of respect for the vital role that adjuncts play at Rutgers has been undermined by the failure of the administration to implement retroactive pay to all adjuncts on time.”
As for our union, we are continuing to gather information and demand answers from UHR about the smaller and less widespread discrepancies in retro pay for full-time faculty, graduate workers, postdocs, and EOF counselors. If you haven’t checked your paycheck yet, read this message from last week that explains what you should have been paid. There is a form to fill out if you find discrepancies. Thanks to those of you who filled out the form, we have been able to identify a few common problems and to press UHR to address them.
Becky and Todd
Rebecca Givan, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Todd Wolfson, General Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT