We just received word that the Rutgers New Brunswick Writing Program has been given a directive to cut ALL of its PTLs for the Spring 2021 semester. This news, delivered late in the day on a Friday, disrupts the lives and livelihoods of our friends and colleagues, their families, and their communities. It comes in the midst of a pandemic and a national political reckoning about inequality and democracy. Our union stands in solidarity with all PTLs. We stand ready to fight.
We must assume that this decision was authorized by President Holloway, as part of his stated commitment to address the problem he called “adjunctification” during our PTL town hall this summer. We call upon President Holloway to explain how this comports with his promise to treat every worker with dignity and respect.
Turn your anger into a display of collective power and join the Coalition of Rutgers Unions TOMORROW, 3pm, at the Lincoln Annex School, 165 Somerset, New Brunswick, as we protest these impending layoffs in a #March4RLivesRJobsRSchools.
Please let us know if you have received any similar email communications from your department or program. We know about this one because three of our board members are Writing Instructors in this program.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us for support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Solidarity and Struggle,
The Executive Board, PTLFC-AAUP-AFT, Local 6324
Amy Higer, President
David Winters, Vice President
Bryan Sacks, Treasurer
Frank Bridges, Secretary
Ann Ilan Alter, Bruce Garrity, Roseli Golfetti, Kevin Keogan, David Letwin, Tom Moomjy, Paul More, Heather Pierce, Dan Sidorick, Howard Swerdloff, Karen Thompson