National Labor Leader Irate Over Kean University’s New China Strategy

Carly Sitrin, NJ Spotlight

‘How dare we let it happen right under our eyes,’ says AFT president Randi Weingarten, referring to transfer of faculty at Kean’s Wenzhou outpost to Chinese government employment

University labor leaders are irate over Kean University’s plan to transfer its China-based faculty to the employment of the Chinese government. But despite loud objections from national American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten and other labor leaders, Kean has announced the deal is done.…

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The battle over an N.J. college’s China campus just got really ugly — and personal

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

Kean University already had a fight on its hands after local union officials complained about treatment of faculty members at a satellite campus in China.

And that was before the president of America’s largest teachers union got involved.

In a blistering criticism of the public university on Thursday, Randi Weingarten accused Kean of violating “American values” and stripping “American rights from American workers,” escalating what had been a labor and academic debate and reframing it as an unchecked college president operating in un-American way.…

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Rutgers Profs Want Equal Pay In Newark, Camden, New Brunswick

A Rutgers professor called the pay inequity between the Newark, Camden and New Brunswick campuses “obscene.”

Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff

NEWARK, NJ — Rutgers University professors who teach at the Newark and Camden campuses want to be paid the same as their peers in New Brunswick. And they’re willing to protest to make it happen, their union representatives say.…

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‘No secret agreements’: Newarkers demand details of district-charter enrollment deal

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

This week, the Newark school board approved a lengthy legal agreement spelling out the details of the enrollment system that thousands of Newark families will use to apply to schools for the coming year.

Didn’t hear about it? You’re not alone.

The board OK’d the deal at a hastily arranged meeting Monday that few people in the community knew about or attended.…

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State Official Scrutinizes Payroll Switch For Faculty At Kean U Outpost In China

Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight

Secretary of Higher Education delves into controversy that has alarmed faculty. Union president says professors worry they will be under ‘control of the Chinese government’

New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education is looking into why the faculty of Kean University’s campus in China will be taken off the New Jersey payroll, making them employees of the Chinese government.…

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