Month: September 2015

Adjunct IssuesAFTNJ NewsHigher Ed NewsMediaPress ClipsReclaim Rutgers

AAUP-AFT protest for negotiated part-time lecturer contracts

By Sophie Nieto-Munoz


As Rutgers reaches its 250th anniversary of being a revolutionary higher-education institution, many say the biggest revolution would be paying part-time lecturers.

The Rutgers Council of AAUP-AFT Chapters (American Association of University Professors- American Federation of Teachers) congregated at Busch Campus Center on Monday to protest the lack of contracts, benefits and respect from the University.…

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AFTNJ NewsIn ActionPhotosYovnello

Photos: Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship

AFTNJ members and leaders gathered to support students who are making a difference. Members from Perth Amboy Federation…

Posted by AFT New Jersey on Monday, September 28, 2015

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Press: Bergen Community College Adjunct Faculty Approve First Union Contract

CONTACT: Nat T. Bender, nbender [@], 908-377-0393

Members ratify agreement with state’s largest community college

PARAMUS…Adjunct professors, who teach a majority of the classes at Bergen Community College, have ratified a first contract agreeing to a deal with free tuition for dependents, pay raises and incentives for continuing professional development. “This contract is good for our faculty and improves the working conditions at Bergen Community College (BCC) so students will benefit as well,” said communications professor Kristin Reeves, acting chair of the chapter.…

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Press: Garfield Teachers Ratify Two-Year Contract

CONTACT: Nat T. Bender, nbender [@], 908-377-0393

Overcome state shortfall in funding and restrictions to reach agreement

GARFIELD…Garfield teachers ratified a two-year agreement with two-percent raises for each year Thursday afternoon.  In order to settle at these percentages the Union needed to restructure the previous salary guide, according to Garfield Federation of Teachers president Rob Barbier, a high school English teacher.…

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AFTNJ NewsPolitical Education

AFTNJ November State Election Endorsements

Assembly unless otherwise identified
District 1 Bob Andrzejczak * (D)
District 2 Vincent Mazzeo* (D)
District 3 Adam Taliaferro* (D) John Burzichelli* (D)
District 4 Gabriella Mosquera* (D) Paul Moriarty*+ (D)
District 5 (Senate) Nilsa Cruz-Perez* (D) Assembly Angel Fuentes* (D) Marianne Holly Cass (D)
District 6 Pamela Lampitt* (D) Louis Greenwald* (D)
District 7 Troy Singleton *+ (D) Herb Conaway* (D)
District 8 No Endorsement
District 9 No Endorsement
District 10 Kimberley Casten (D) Valter Must (D)
District 11 Joann Downey (D) Eric Houghtaling + (D)
District 12 Anthony Washington (D) David Merwin (D)
District 13 Jeanne Cullinane (D) Thomas Herman (D)
District 14 Dan Benson* (D) Wayne DeAngelo* (D)
District 15 Reed Gusciora* (D) Elizabeth Maher Muoio* (D)
District 16 Andrew Zwicker (D) Maureen Vella (D)
District 17 Joseph Danielsen* (D) Joseph Egan* (D)
District 18 Nancy Pinkin* (D) Patrick Diegnan, Jr* (D)
District 19 Craig Coughlin* (D) John Wisniewski* (D)
District 20 Annette Quijano* (D) Jamel Holley* (D)
District 21 David Barnett (D) Jill Anne Lazare (D)
District 22 Jerry Green* (D) James Kennedy (D)
District 23 Maria Rodriguez (D) MaryBeth Macaig (D)
District 24 No Endorsement
District 25 Richard Corcoran lll (D) Thomas Moran (D)
District 26 No Endorsement
District 27 John McKeon* (D) Mila Jasey* (D)
District 28 Cleopatra Tucker* (D) Ralph Caputo* (D)
District 29 Eliana Pintor-Marin* (D) L.…

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Higher Ed NewsMediaPre-K to 12 NewsPress ClipsReclaim Rutgers

Report Found Rutgers Football Coach in Violation of University Policy

By Michael Hill, Correspondent

Rutgers University faculty says it’s tremendously important that President Robert Barchi has made his 21-page investigative report public.

“That’s tremendously important in terms of restoring the reputation of the university. Also, we called for President Barchi to reaffirm academic freedom. He did that,” said American Association of University Professors President David Hughes.…

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Labor News

Common Sense Economics Workshop

Common Sense Economics is an empowering workshop that includes interactive discussions and training exercises to equip participants with the tools to mobilize supporters and advance the labor movement’s progressive economic agenda.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: IBEW 456
1295 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Taught by Carli Meneses, IAM 2339N, Jennifer Higgins, AFT 1904, and Lauren Young Boukema, CWA 1036 three experienced and knowledgeable young workers trained in Common Sense Economics instruction.…

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Flood punishment a ‘slap on the wrist’, Rutgers faculty union president says

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

NEW BRUNSWICK — The three game suspension and $50,000 fine of Rutgers coach Kyle Flood amounts to a “slap on the wrist” that’s emblematic of an athletic department allowed to operate with complete autonomy, the president of the university faculty union said Wednesday.

David Hughes, president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT, said Wednesday that the union has yet to poll its members about whether they are satisfied with Flood’s punishment.…

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Garfield teachers start school year with proposed agreement for contract

By Kristie Cattafi, Staff Writer, Community News (Garfield Edition)

Garfield teachers returned to school last week with notification of a proposed new agreement, after working with an expired contract for a year.

“We reached a common ground with the district and members will vote to ratify the contract in September,” said Rob Barbier, high school English teacher and president of the Garfield Federation of Teachers.…

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Higher Ed NewsReclaim Rutgers

Rutgers board holds private meeting amid sports scandal

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record


The executive council of Rutgers’ faculty union this week passed a resolution calling on the administration to broaden the investigation to include “all possible communications” between Flood and instructors, “with particular attention to possible intimidation of bullying of vulnerable, contingent faculty.”

The university did not comment on the resolution by Rutgers’s AAUP-AFT.…

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With Scandals Looming, Rutgers Board to Meet Behind Closed Doors

Faculty Union Issues Statement Calling For Results of Investigation into Football Coach to Be Made Public, Decision on His Future Could Come on Friday September 11

By Scott Logan, Charlie Kratovil

From Left to Right: President Bob Barchi, BOG Chairman Greg Brown, Football Coach Kyle Flood, and AD Julie Hermann Charlie Kratovil
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University Board of Governors (BOG) will meet behind closed doors for a secret meeting on September 11, presumably to discuss the brewing scandals related to the football team.…

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Newark Teachers UnionPre-K to 12 News

Classrooms, contracts and consultants: How was $200M spent on Newark schools?

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK – Where exactly did $200 million go?

It’s a question often asked around Newark education circles, but very rarely answered with any kind of precision.

With the recent release of “The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools?”, however, author and longtime Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, aims to answer just that.…

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Higher Ed NewsMediaPress ClipsReclaim Rutgers

Rutgers faculty union urges Rutgers administration to pursue investigation against head football coach Kyle Flood amid allegations

By Kevin Xavier and Natasha Tripathi

Yesterday afternoon, the Executive Committee of New Jersey’s American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) passed a resolution urging Rutgers to further pursue an investigation into football head coach Kyle Flood following allegations recently made against him.

The allegations state that Flood reportedly emailed a part-time lecturer about the grade of “F” the instructor assigned to football player Nadir Barnwell when Barnwell was said to be in jeopardy of being declared academically ineligible to play.…

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Higher Ed NewsMediaPress ClipsReclaim Rutgers

Rutgers Faculty Union Urges Inquiry Into Football Coach

The faculty union at Rutgers University on Wednesday urged the university to investigate whether its football coach, Kyle Flood, intimidated and bullied instructors while communicating with them about the grades of football players. Rutgers is already investigating whether Flood violated university policy when he allegedly contacted a part-time lecturer about an F grade that was assigned to a player.…

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