Dozens of grad workers in the Physics and Astronomy department in SAS-New Brunswick haven’t been paid for nearly a month since the semester began. This is an unambiguous violation of state labor laws. Please let SAS Executive Dean Peter March know that he needs to undo this harm by cutting physical checks for all of the TA/GAs affected by this delay and delivering them directly to the Serin Physics building. Click here to send emails supporting your colleagues.
We’ve been told that the Physics TA/GAs are being processed into the payroll system and would receive retroactive pay in a check on October 1. This isn’t acceptable. Our colleagues’ bills won’t wait another week and a half. They’ve had to pay out of pocket for prescription drugs, because they weren’t onboarded into our health insurance. New grads have relocation expenses to pay now, not in October.
This is a basic issue of respect for the grad workers who help make this university work. The administration is willfully ignoring the fact that graduate employees have lives and responsibilities that depend on being paid on time and in full. All of us deserve no less than that, regardless of when we were entered into the payroll system. That means cutting emergency checks for every affected TA/GA and delivering them right now.
Click here to send that message to SAS Executive Dean March and the administration.
Charlotte Olsen, Physics and Astronomy, Department Representative
Anna Hallin, Physics and Astronomy, Department Representative
Megan Tillman, Physics and Astronomy
Alexandra Adams, Biological Sciences, Vice President for Graduate Workers
Ihsan Al-Zouabi, Criminal Justice, TA/GA Steering Committee
Heather Ciallella, Computational and Integrative Biology, TA/GA Steering Committee
Ian Gavigan, History, TA/GA Steering Committee
Liana Katz, Geography, TA/GA Steering Committee
Michelle Ling, Women’s and Gender Studies
Emmet von Stackelberg, History, TA/GA Steering Committee