Takeaway: 1) Show your solidarity by attending the Camden all-faculty meeting on Wednesday, November 10, at 11:20 a.m. (click here for the Zoom link), change your profile picture to this image, and turn off your video. 2) Post one of these graphics on social media to show that you stand with Camden.
Our colleagues in Camden are leading the way for our union, and we want them to know that we in Newark and New Brunswick have their backs.
On Wednesday, November 10, at 11:20 a.m., Camden faculty, grad workers, staff, and students are mobilizing for an all-faculty meeting where Chancellor Antonio Tillis has been asked to answer questions about the firing of Arts and Sciences Dean Howard Marchitello. Later that day, they will gather for the Arts and Sciences commencement to celebrate the graduating students of the Classes of 2020 and 2021—and to stand up for the future of Rutgers-Camden.
As Camden Chapter President Jim Brown explained in an op-ed article for NJ.com, the Camden campus has suffered for years from disinvestment and second-class treatment by the central administration. But the crisis came to a head with Dean Marchitello’s firing, which is directly related to his publicly stated misgivings about the mishandled pay equity program that shortchanged faculty at all three campuses, but Camden faculty in particular.
We stand with Camden because, as our banner says, an injury to one is an injury to all. The pay equity debacle and the firing of Dean Marchitello are an insult and a threat to all of us at Rutgers.
We want you to show your solidarity with your Camden colleagues:
— Attend the all-faculty meeting with Chancellor Tillis on Zoom and show which side you’re on. Download this Zoom profile picture saying that you stand with Camden and make it your profile picture in Rutgers Zoom. At 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, click here to join the Zoom meeting and listen with your camera off so that Chancellor Tillis and the administration see our solidarity with Camden.
— Post a graphic on Facebook or Twitter showing that you stand with your Camden colleagues. Click here to find a graphic that’s specific to your campus and job, and put it up on your social media, with some text explaining what this fight means to you.
Our colleagues in Camden are fighting for all of us. We need to show that we stand with them.
Becky and Todd
Rebecca Givan, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Todd Wolfson, General Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
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