Health care unions question RWJBarnabas, Rutgers affiliation

Public sector unions, including Health Professionals and Allied Employees Local 5094 and SPAE Nurses Local 5089, are seeking details of Rutgers University’s plans under a new affiliation with RWJBarnabas Health.

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“When a public institution such as Rutgers enters into an affiliation agreement with a private company there must be oversight and transparency, yet either entity is required to disclose this information with patients, workers and the community,” said Tom Murphy, co-president of HPAE Local 5094, in a statement.…

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State Tuition Programs Now Open for Dreamers

New Jersey Dreamers—students brought to the country as minors without documentation—will now have access to state aid at public and private colleges and universities. Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation May 9 after more than a decade of activism from immigration advocates.

“We can all rest easier today knowing that more students will have greater access to a college education,” said Frank Argote-Freyre, an AFT member as professor at Kean University and chair of the Latino Action Network Foundation.…

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Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Gain Access to Health Coverage

SeeR-Health For Rutgers AAUP-AFT Part-Time Lecturers (Plan information on R-Health site)

“Rutgers tells us healthcare for part-time employees is not possible,” said Teresa Politano, president of the part-time faculty union, according to the press release. “Yet most Big Ten schools offer healthcare options and job security to part-time faculty members and other employees. This R-Health option proves that there are progressive solutions to a complicated problem.”

The new option was unveiled by the labor union on Thursday at a town hall meeting, according to the press release.…

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Beyond Signs And Slogans: What Does Rutgers’ Adjunct Faculty Want?

Carly Sitrin, NJ Spotlight

Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests

Part-time professors and contingent faculty at Rutgers University make up 70 percent of the teaching staff but some part-timers are paid significantly less than the tuition of a single student. This group is arguing it is unfairly treated by the university system and has ramped up its efforts to garner public support for its plight.…

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Contract, tuition, wage rally at Rutgers

By Susan Loyer, Home News

NEW BRUNSWICK – More than 400 Rutgers University faculty, staff and students rallied outside the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting Tuesday, while dozens more inside petitioned the governing body directly in hopes of securing fair union contracts, a freeze on tuition and a $15-per-hour minimum wage on campus.

Deepa Kumar, Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union president
Deepa Kumar, Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union president

Student groups and members of 23 unions representing more than 20,000 Rutgers workers, whose contracts expire June 30, organized the protest, Anthropology professor David Hughes, vice president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union, said in a statement.…

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