|From struggles to protect pensions and health insurance to local contracts with actual increases in take-home pay for the first time in many years, AFT New Jersey and our locals won many victories this year. I hope 2016 has been good for you and your family and wanted to reach out to you to recognize the efforts and solidarity it took to win real gains for members.|
NEW BRUNSWICK…Rutgers University has put in place policies equal to those of declared “sanctuary campuses” such as New York University, Columbia University, Wesleyan University and University of Penn, to protect undocumented students, according to the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union President David M. Hughes. “In coming together to protect undocumented students, and encourage them to continue with higher education, we have effectively formed a ‘sanctuary campus,’” he said.…Read more
By Patricia Alex
Activists pushing for Rutgers University to declare itself a sanctuary for undocumented students disrupted a meeting of the school’s governing board on Tuesday, even as the administration reiterated its vow to protect the students.[…]
David Hughes, president of the faculty union, said Barchi’s letter appeared to have gone further than an earlier one in November, while stopping short of an official sanctuary designation.…Read more
By Mike Deak
NEW BRUNSWICK – Students staged a sit-in at Tuesday’s Rutgers University Board of Governors meeting, asking that that the university be declared a “sanctuary campus” in response to fears that undocumented students may face federal deportation after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president next year.
Even after the board meeting in Winants Hall adjourned, the small group of students remained on the floor in front of the governors’ seats and chanted, “Sanctuary here, no papers, no fear” and “do the right thing” and “shame, shame.”…Read more
NEW BRUNSWICK — Faced with fears about what might happen to immigrants once Donald Trump takes office, Rutgers University’s president released a statement last month promising to do everything in the school’s power to keep students safe.
But the Nov. 15 letter to the campus was not enough for some Rutgers faculty members, who want President Robert Barchi to declare the school a “sanctuary campus” for immigrants living in the country illegally.
Rutgers AAUP-AFT President David M. Hughes, said, “High school seniors in New Jersey are now applying for admission to Rutgers. For the past three years, undocumented students qualifying under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) have availed themselves of in-state tuition, arrived at Rutgers, taken our classes, and otherwise enriched Rutgers as a diverse learning community.…Read more