Rutgers profs threaten to strike over ‘shameful behavior’ in contract talks

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Tired of waiting for a new contract and fed up with an administration they claim is slow-walking negotiations, Rutgers University professors are threatening a strike.

Dozens of professors picketed before Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting in New Brunswick and later blasted President Robert Barchi’s handling of contract talks before the board.…

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Teachers Pressured to Donate to Campaign Fund Linked to North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco

Meanwhile, the News 4 I-Team has obtained a recording of the mayor telling Democrats that “Channel 4 is behaving like criminals” after News 4 broadcast reports of his administration’s alleged corruption and cronyism

By Jonathan Dienst, David Paredes, Erica Jorgensen and Ron Campbell

“Our students’ education is too important to play politics with,” Donna M. Chiera, president of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, said in a statement to News 4.…

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Chiera Joins NJ AFL-CIO Executive Board

Pledging to add the voice of education workers to organized labor, AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera joined the Executive Board of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO labor federation, November 28 in Princeton.

 Donna Chiera, Charles Wowkanech

The group coordinates efforts to elect labor-friendly representatives, promote legislation to advance workers rights, support collective bargaining and organizing efforts.

“I welcome the opportunity to join my sisters and brothers in labor at this level,” Chiera said.…

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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 NJ.com

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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