National Labor Leader Irate Over Kean University’s New China Strategy

Carly Sitrin, NJ Spotlight

‘How dare we let it happen right under our eyes,’ says AFT president Randi Weingarten, referring to transfer of faculty at Kean’s Wenzhou outpost to Chinese government employment

University labor leaders are irate over Kean University’s plan to transfer its China-based faculty to the employment of the Chinese government. But despite loud objections from national American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten and other labor leaders, Kean has announced the deal is done.…

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The battle over an N.J. college’s China campus just got really ugly — and personal

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Kean University already had a fight on its hands after local union officials complained about treatment of faculty members at a satellite campus in China.

And that was before the president of America’s largest teachers union got involved.

In a blistering criticism of the public university on Thursday, Randi Weingarten accused Kean of violating “American values” and stripping “American rights from American workers,” escalating what had been a labor and academic debate and reframing it as an unchecked college president operating in un-American way.…

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Rutgers Profs Want Equal Pay In Newark, Camden, New Brunswick

A Rutgers professor called the pay inequity between the Newark, Camden and New Brunswick campuses “obscene.”

Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff

NEWARK, NJ — Rutgers University professors who teach at the Newark and Camden campuses want to be paid the same as their peers in New Brunswick. And they’re willing to protest to make it happen, their union representatives say.…

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‘No secret agreements’: Newarkers demand details of district-charter enrollment deal

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

This week, the Newark school board approved a lengthy legal agreement spelling out the details of the enrollment system that thousands of Newark families will use to apply to schools for the coming year.

Didn’t hear about it? You’re not alone.

The board OK’d the deal at a hastily arranged meeting Monday that few people in the community knew about or attended.…

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State Official Scrutinizes Payroll Switch For Faculty At Kean U Outpost In China

Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight

Secretary of Higher Education delves into controversy that has alarmed faculty. Union president says professors worry they will be under ‘control of the Chinese government’

New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education is looking into why the faculty of Kean University’s campus in China will be taken off the New Jersey payroll, making them employees of the Chinese government.…

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Are these college profs beholden to China? N.J. wants to find out

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New Jersey’s top higher education official is reviewing claims that professors at Kean University’s satellite campus in China are now employees of the nation’s communist government.

Zakiya Smith-Ellis, the state’s Secretary of Higher Education, sent a letter to the public university last month asking for detailed information on the rights and protections of faculty at Wenzhou-Kean University, according to the state.…

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A look at why Rutgers’ Chris Ash and Steve Pikiell use private jets to recruit, and how much it costs

By Keith Sargeant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

In what a top-ranking Rutgers official called “an essential component of today’s recruiting resources,” the university’s athletics program spent $211,000 on nine private jets in an effort to boost its’ recruiting efforts in football and men’s basketball two years ago, an NJ Advance Media analysis revealed.

The expenditures are a key reason why the recruiting budget increased 33.5 percent to a record $1.27 million in the 2016-17 school year — the first season that Rutgers football coach Chris Ash, men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell and Athletics Director Pat Hobbs were in their respective positions.…

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Rutgers-Newark Professors Protest Pay Differences Across All 3 Campuses

Rebecca Panico

NEWARK, NJ – It’s a tale of three cities in the eyes of a labor union at Rutgers University.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT says certain full-time tenure-track faculty who teach at the Camden and Newark campuses are paid less than their counterparts in New Brunswick. The union held a rally today on the Newark campus to protest the differences in pay and called for wage increases across at all three locations.…

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Coverage of Control of Kean Wenzhou Campus

Chinese Government To Control Kean U Faculty In Wenzhou? Union Up In Arms (Colleen O’Dea, NJSpotlight, Nov. 16)

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Kean University president downplays change as Kean’s faculty union and some legislators question its financial and political implications

The union representing faculty at Kean University is calling for a state investigation into news that professors at the state college’s campus in China will soon move from the state payroll to that of the Chinese government.…

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Press: AFT Leaders On Progressive Wins in General Election

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said, “I am proud of our members’ participation, and of all New Jerseyans, for seeking balance in national governance by re-electing Sen. Menendez and new representation from Mikie Sherrill, Tom Malinowski and Jeff Van Drew. Our members approached this election as an opportunity to place affirmative votes for community values and respect for humanity, which we believe are sentiments shared by the majority of Americans.”…

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