The gains we’ve made since 1970 from having a collective voice as a union could be eroded when the Trump Supreme Court decides Janus v. AFSCME in 2018. Janus would require unions like ours to negotiate contracts, defend grievances, and ensure the rights and wages of employees who would no longer have to pay fair share fees.
Regardless of the outcome of Janus, we can remain strong if all faculty members commit to stay members of the union and those who have not yet joined do so. To join, please fill out this form online.
Solidarity gets the goods!
On October 20, 2017, more than 300 SAS faculty and staff attended an extraordinary meeting with SAS Executive Dean Peter March. After hearing dozens speak out unanimously and passionately in opposition to his plan to reorganize SAS support staff, March conceded to our collective demands that he halt implementation of the plan until a committee of elected faculty and staff is able to research, write and submit a report with recommendations on existing structure and expectations for support staff.
Executive Dean March’s decision to halt the SAS reorganization of support staff structures followed more than an hour and a half of spirited exchanges and fervent pleas for Rutgers to operate with faculty and staff governance “like a university and not a corporation.” In response, March stated: “I’d be happy to stipulate the resolution and act upon it.” When pressed to specify his meaning—as he refused to allow a vote—March conceded that no staff realignment would take place until after the recommendations of an elected committee, as stated in our proposed resolution:
Therefore, be it resolved that the implementation of the realignment plan be ceased until the final report of an elected committee, comprised equally of staff and faculty, that shall be constituted and empowered to recommend further changes, if any, to the current structure and expectations for staff support.
Get plugged in
Throughout the Spring semester, we’ll be holding events and actions in support of our contract campaign. If you would like to participate in events taking place to win a fair contract, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show union pride
The union has beautiful new t-shirts, please come by and get yours! Our union office is at 11 Stone St., off College Ave., free parking in the rear. Please come by and pick up your t-shirt, get a poster or button, and/or meet with a contract campaign organizer and learn how you can get more involved. Email us at email@example.com.