We hope you are getting some rest this week after the intensity of the semester and the strike authorization vote. When we return next week, we need to be prepared for the next and likely even more intense stage of our fight. If President Holloway’s administration continues to reject or shortchange our proposals for a fair contract, we have to be ready to go on strike.
The heart of any strike is the picket line. It is a concrete demonstration of our determination to withhold our labor until the administration meets our demands. If we have to go on strike, we need to be prepared, so our picket lines are strong, lively, and safe from day one.
We invite you to come to a Picket Line Training Session. Click here to sign up for a one-hour session being held via Zoom at numerous times over the coming two weeks. This is your opportunity to learn what a strike will look like and volunteer for various roles. We need more than 200 picket captains ready to coordinate picketing in every location our unions choose. But there are many other roles: coordinating and distributing food, arts and entertainment, helping with media. Our picket lines will be child-friendly, and we will invite our students to join us and show their support.
Think of the picket line as another way to celebrate our unions’ values and vision for a better Rutgers. We’ll start planning for that at our Picket Line Training Sessions: click here to sign up.
Also, mark your calendars for the cross-union all-member town hall meeting on Friday, March 24, at 4 p.m. (click here to get the Zoom link), where we will be answering questions about a possible strike and discussing the way forward to a fair contract.
Becky and Amy
Rebecca Givan, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Amy Higer, President, Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union, PTLFC-AAUP-AFT