Union Members Accuse Rutgers Administration of Stalling Negotiations​

O’Donnell, TapInto New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Members of a union representing some 1,400 clinical and research physicians at Rutgers are accusing the university’s administration of dragging its feet in labor negotiations.

They said they became more embittered when one recent bargaining session was canceled, yet watched as the Board of Governors held an emergency meeting on Dec. 3 to approve football coach Greg Schiano’s contract.

Members of the AAUP-BHSNJ at Rutgers University’s Biomedical and Health Sciences said at Tuesday’s Board of Governors meeting that the university should be focused on resolving the labor issues with a union whose contract expired on June 30, 2018.Sign Up for New Brunswick NewsletterOur newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Further, they said the university should be focused on working out a labor deal with a group that furthers the sort of cutting-edge scientific and medical research the university prides itself on rather than “shell out $32 million for a football coach.”

Todd Vachon, a postdoctoral associate in the school of management and labor relations, said it was a “slap in the face” considering the fact that the annual salaries of the 600 or so postdoctoral researchers ($29 million) would be a lower figure than the sum of Schiano’s eight-year contract ($32 million).

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