Kean faculty union alleges retaliation after lecturers’ contracts aren’t renewed

Linh Tat, Politico

A decision by Kean University not to renew the contracts of more than a dozen full-time lecturers — the majority of whom spoke out earlier this school year after losing their private office spaces — has the faculty union accusing the school’s administration of retaliation.

Also an issue for the union is the fact that the majority of the affected employees are women or people of color — a concern highlighted by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, the chair of her chamber’s higher education committee, in a letter to university officials, a copy of which POLITICO obtained.…

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N.J. college lecturers griped about losing offices, then lost their jobs, union claims

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

Ten lecturers at a New Jersey college are being let go without explanation, fueling accusations the college retaliated because they complained about losing their private offices, union leaders say.

Kean University recently told the 10 lecturers from its general education school that they would not have their one-year contracts renewed, said James Castiglione, president of Kean’s faculty union.…

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Sigourney Weaver was on hand to introduce North Bergen High School’s production of ‘Alien’

Jeremy Schneider, NJ Advance Media For

As if North Bergen High School’s production of “Alien” wasn’t already exciting enough, there was a special guest in the building for their special encore performance on Friday — actress Sigourney Weaver.

Weaver, who Weaver played Lt. Ellen Ripley in the 1979 film as well as its three sequels and gave North Bergen High School’s production a special shout-out back when it went viral back in March, was on-hand to give the show a special introduction on what happened to be the 40th anniversary of the film’s release, known as the 4th annual “Alien Day.”


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Rutgers Adjuncts Need $7,250 and Health Care, Not Contempt

To stand in solidarity with nearly 3,000 Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers, please read, sign, circulate and post to social media.

Adjuncts are not disposable; they are highly qualified educators who are central to student success at Rutgers and deserve fair wages and respect. We are in solidarity with Part-Time Lecturers in their fight for $7,250, health care and job security.…

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They Complained About Their Office. Then Kean U. Took Their Jobs Away.

Emma Pettit, Chronicle

Heather E. Connors got good news in December. Because Kean University values its general-education faculty, a letter from the provost said, any lecturer who returned in the fall would get a pay bump, including her.

But in March another letter arrived, this time bearing bad news. The provost would not be recommending Connors, who teaches writing, for reappointment.…

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