Rutgers University Faculty Threaten to Strike

The unionized faculty at Rutgers University is threatening to strike if the school’s leadership doesn’t meet its demands for a new contract.

The union’s requests include pay parity between the university’s campuses, plus higher diversity numbers among the teaching staff.

“That was a huge factor in their negotiations, getting their diversity numbers up,” Carly Sitrin, a reporter for NJ Spotlight, said. “It’s important to note that Rutgers recently announced $20 million in additional funding for their faculty diversity hiring initiative and that, a lot of the union members will say, is a direct result of their continued push during these strike negotiations.”

Sitrin talked to WNYC’s All Things Considered host Jami Floyd about the status of the contract talks.