Kean faculty union alleges retaliation after lecturers’ contracts aren’t renewed

Linh Tat, Politico


A decision by Kean University not to renew the contracts of more than a dozen full-time lecturers — the majority of whom spoke out earlier this school year after losing their private office spaces — has the faculty union accusing the school’s administration of retaliation.


Also an issue for the union is the fact that the majority of the affected employees are women or people of color — a concern highlighted by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, the chair of her chamber’s higher education committee, in a letter to university officials, a copy of which POLITICO obtained.…

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N.J. college lecturers griped about losing offices, then lost their jobs, union claims

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Ten lecturers at a New Jersey college are being let go without explanation, fueling accusations the college retaliated because they complained about losing their private offices, union leaders say.

Kean University recently told the 10 lecturers from its general education school that they would not have their one-year contracts renewed, said James Castiglione, president of Kean’s faculty union.…

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Sigourney Weaver was on hand to introduce North Bergen High School’s production of ‘Alien’

Jeremy Schneider, NJ Advance Media For NJ.com

As if North Bergen High School’s production of “Alien” wasn’t already exciting enough, there was a special guest in the building for their special encore performance on Friday — actress Sigourney Weaver.

Weaver, who Weaver played Lt. Ellen Ripley in the 1979 film as well as its three sequels and gave North Bergen High School’s production a special shout-out back when it went viral back in March, was on-hand to give the show a special introduction on what happened to be the 40th anniversary of the film’s release, known as the 4th annual “Alien Day.”…

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Rutgers Adjuncts Need $7,250 and Health Care, Not Contempt

To stand in solidarity with nearly 3,000 Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers, please read, sign, circulate and post to social media.

Adjuncts are not disposable; they are highly qualified educators who are central to student success at Rutgers and deserve fair wages and respect. We are in solidarity with Part-Time Lecturers in their fight for $7,250, health care and job security.…

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They Complained About Their Office. Then Kean U. Took Their Jobs Away.

Emma Pettit, Chronicle


Heather E. Connors got good news in December. Because Kean University values its general-education faculty, a letter from the provost said, any lecturer who returned in the fall would get a pay bump, including her.


But in March another letter arrived, this time bearing bad news. The provost would not be recommending Connors, who teaches writing, for reappointment.…

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13 Lecturers Fired At Kean University Including Nearly Half Of The General Education School

Joshua Rosario, Kean Tower


Ten of Kean University’s 21 General Education lecturers who advise and oversee about half of the freshmen class as well as teach will be let go this summer and were not given a reason.


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The KFT is trying to overturn the layoffs and will hold a walkout and rally on May 6 outside Kean Hall in advance of the university’s Board of Trustees meeting.…

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#RUReadyToStrike news coverage @ruaaup

Professor Strike Looms at Rutgers University Campus as Faculty Demands Equal Pay, More Diversity (Maxfield, NBC)

“We are in the same boat,” Deepa Kumar, a professor and union president, said. “We are fighting for affordable, quality public education. That is why so many students were out today.”
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During campus protest, Rutgers faculty threaten to strike (Carrera, North Jersey News)

“In the North Jersey and New York area we live in, the wages we have are not enough to live on,” said Soili Smith, a graduate worker.…

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How Democrats learned to stop worrying and love teachers

Rebecca Kolins Givan

These days, most of the leading Democratic presidential candidates are supporting teachers and their unions during strikes, such as the recent walkouts in Denver and Los Angeles. Democrats are no longer pushing an expansion of charter schools or controversial value-added measures of teacher performance. And now comes the Harris plan to give teachers a long overdue and much needed raise.…

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Rutgers Adds $20 Million to Faculty Diversity Initiative

Colleen Flaherty, InsideHigherEd.com

Rutgers University president Robert L. Barchi on Wednesday pledged $20 million in additional funding for the systemwide Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative. The current $22 million initiative to hire, mentor and retain professors from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds was set to expire in 2021 but will now continue through 2024.

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Dozens of distinguished professors across the system signed a petition last month criticizing Barchi’s spending priorities.…

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Will strike for a living wage: Grads feel empowered by the union

Soili Smith has limited choices: She can work a $12-an-hour job and fail to pay her bills, risking eviction. Or she can take a higher-paying summer position that requires her to miss the last few weeks of classes and fly thousands of miles to northern British Columbia, where she’ll work 14-hour days in the bush.
Soili Smith

She chose the latter, since it’s really not much of a choice.…

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Tuesday: All Out For Fair Contracts At Rutgers

Rutgers unions are asking for support for fair contracts at Newark Tuesday, April 9 on the Newark Campus. Stop through to rally outside the Board of Governors meeting or attend the meeting and hear for yourself.

What We Are Fighting For Final Warning: Contract or Strike
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When: Tuesday, April 9, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: 350 MLK Blvd.,…

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