Fair Contract Now: Kean Faculty Takes Stand

Erin McGuinness. Kean Tower

Passing drivers honked horns in support as members of the Kean Federation of Teachers picketed across Morris Ave on Nov. 20.

Public colleges throughout the state took part in a “Day of Action” to urge the state of NJ to push forward contracts that outline fair pay increases for tenured faculty, job security for lecturers and fair pay for adjunct professors. Full-time faculty, professional staff, and librarians share a contract that is negotiated between the state of NJ and the statewide union, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals. They have worked without a contract for over 150 days. 

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“To be able to hire and retain a quality workforce that best serves our students’ needs; faculty and staff need to have a strong contract protecting and enhancing our working conditions, that in turn protects and enhances our student’s learning conditions,” [KFT President James] Castiglione said.

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Donna Chiera, President of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey and a graduate of Kean, joined in on the Morris Ave protest. AFTNJ represents all nine state colleges. 

“We want to make sure that the lowest-paid employees of these institutions get a fairer and stronger paycheck so that they can continue to live in New Jersey,” Chiera said. 

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