Takeaway: See below for more information about our agreement on the Faculty Salary Equity Program. We’ll be holding information sessions to talk about next steps on Friday, December 30, at 10 a.m. (click here to RSVP) and Friday, January 6, at 2 p.m. (click here to RSVP).
We’re thrilled to announce that the pay equity lawsuit filed by five committed, brave faculty plaintiffs and our union has been resolved. The union also reached an agreement with the university on improvements to the Faculty Salary Equity Program generally, as you’ll have learned from an email you received yesterday from President Holloway.
The agreement isn’t perfect, and we hope to achieve an even better process in bargaining for our next contract. But we’ve taken a step forward, and we want to thank everyone whose hard work made that progress possible. (Click here to read the full text of the agreement.)
Many of you have waited years for your applications to be fully reviewed and also for an appeals process that includes faculty members in that review. This agreement establishes a committee of faculty members who will have input into faculty equity cases from here on out.
What does this mean for you? For faculty who applied BEFORE October 1, 2021, a committee will be established to review the cases of anyone who wishes to appeal. You will be able to appeal university decisions even if you accepted the university’s initial determination in your case and even if your salary has already been adjusted. If you wish to appeal your case, you can download the appeals form from the university’s “Faculty Resources” web page; click on “Faculty Salary Equity Review” and then on “AAUP-AFT Salary Equity Appeals Form.” You must submit the appeals form to the EVPAA at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2023.
For faculty who applied AFTER October 1, 2021, the new revised process includes a review of cases by a faculty committee to advise the chancellors on their assessments. We are still gathering information concerning next steps for those in this group who have already received Chancellor decisions. We will have more information and guidance to share, depending on where you are in the process, by the time we hold the first info session.
For faculty who have not yet applied, note that new applications must be submitted between January 1 and February 28 of each academic year.
We will keep you updated with further information, but the best place to ask your questions will be the information sessions in the coming weeks. To sign up for the session on Friday, December 30, at 10 a.m., click here to RSVP. To sign up for the session on Friday, January 6, at 2 p.m., click here to RSVP.
We’re happy to report that the co-directors of our union’s Equity Committee, Dana Britton and Cynthia Daniels, remain committed to assisting members throughout the process. They will be at the info sessions to share advice on navigating next steps. If you have questions about anything in this email, contact us at email@example.com.
While this agreement is a very welcome step, much work is needed. We will continue to press the university to adequately address campus and other inequities in salary.
Becky and Todd
Rebecca Givan, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Todd Wolfson, General Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT