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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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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STRIVE Act Seeks to Support Educators

The Supporting the Teaching Profession Through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act aims to boost funding for teacher preparation programs as well as greater incentives for those who enter the field, including tax credits and loan forgiveness.

Rowan Writing Arts Professor Amy J. Woodworth spoke on behalf of the bill, stating that “educators working conditions are student learning conditions.” Woodworth, Rowan AFT’s Second Vice President, joined the bill’s sponsors, U.S.…

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RVCC Faculty Resolve To Support Transit Alternatives

On 2/20/18, the Faculty Federation of Raritan Valley Community College passed a resolution supporting policies that promote public transit. The connection between this issue and labor is far stronger than might appear at first blush, according to RVCC economics professor Dan Aronson.

Sustainability Resolution

Aronson said, “Convenient public transit reduces automobile costs. Convenient transit also frees up parking lots for residential development – which would reduce housing costs for future buyers via the increase in supply.…

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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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