Rutgers employees protest for higher wages

By David Hutter, NJBIZ

Rutgers University students and employees waged a demonstration outside a board of governors meeting Tuesday asking for employees to be paid at least $15 per hour.

Hundreds of people took part in the demonstration with many holding signs bearing slogans asking for affordable health care. They made these demands on the New Brunswick campus outside Winants Hall and called on Rutgers President Robert Barchi to meet their demands.…

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Mayor Baraka, Asm. Benson, Commish Asaro-Angelo Recognized

A North Jersey Mayor, a Central Jersey Assemblyman and the new Commissioner of Labor are winners of AFTNJ awards and recognition at the Legislative Conference awards luncheon April 14 in Atlantic City.

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Baraka (left) accepts endorsement from DelGrosso (to his right) in 2014.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka is the Joe DelGrosso Friend of Education for bringing together the education community to successfully advocate for local control.…

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State Budget: Murphy Proposes Increases for Education, Minimum Wage and Transit

Gov. Phil Murphy, March 13, 2018. Photo: Millerand
Gov. Phil Murphy, March 13, 2018. Photo: Milleand

Governor Phil Murphy laid out a progressive economic platform in his first state economic address Tuesday, April 13. Gov. Murphy called for a millionaires’ tax and legalization of recreational marijuana sales to help fund universal pre-kindergarten, full-funding of primary and secondary education, free community college along with increases to the Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) program and expanding Tuition Assistant Grant (TAG) funding for students at four-year institutions.…

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At Rutgers, calls to improve gender and race equity among faculty

“We’re really inspired by the #MeToo campaign, by the West Virginia strike of teachers, largely women who won. We’re also inspired by the women’s marches,” said Rutgers University Associate Professor Deepa Kumar.

Kumar, who is also the president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT teacher’s union, says now is the time to talk about gender and race equity at Rutgers University.…

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Brookdale Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

By Jay Cook, the Two River Times

Over 450 adjunct professors in the Brookdale Community College system now have more bargaining power, thanks to a decision earlier this month to join the state’s largest higher education union, representatives said last week.

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With some teachers spread thin teaching classes on multiple campuses or balancing teaching with other jobs, being able to create a union now gives adjuncts a more defined voice each semester, they (Joan Carroll and James Schmitt) said.…

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