N.J. Supreme Court enters fray over pay hikes for public workers

By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — Public employee unions and government officials clashed Monday in a case before the state Supreme Court that could determine whether workers across New Jersey will get pay raises.

The state’s highest court heard oral arguments over the whether “step” increases — raises in pay when workers reach annual milestones in years of service — should be granted after a contract has expired.…

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Princeton grad workers vote to join AFT

By Stephon Johnson

Graduate workers at Princeton University have followed the lead of their University of Chicago and Cornell University peers.

Last week, members of Princeton Graduate Students United voted to join the American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, AFT New Jersey, after the recent National Labor Relations Board decision to classify private colleges’ graduate teaching and research assistants as workers.…

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College Council Adjuncts Ratify Contract

College Council adjuncts, who teach at the nine state colleges and universities, voted to accept a new contract granting salary increases and better procedures in accepting teaching assignments.

The ballots were counted on April 19. The Council considers this an overwhelming validation of your negotiation team’s many months of hard work to get the best deal possible during a very long period of very difficult bargaining with the State on your behalf.…

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College Council Adjunct Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement with state

After over a year of difficult negotiations with the State and the State College/University presidents, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals reached a tentative agreement late Friday, January 25. This agreement provides for a per credit hour base salary increase of 8.33% for more than four thousand adjunct faculty over the life of the Agreement.…

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New Jersey locals fend off take-backs

State’s demands were ‘onerous’ and ‘unprecedented,’ say negotiators

After 14 months of difficult negotiations with the state, and with state college and university presidents, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals reached a tentative agreement on July 2. The contract, which will cover more than 4,000 full-time faculty, librarians and professional staff at nine institutions, is retroactive to July 1, 2011, and runs through June 30, 2015.…

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