Rutgers faculty oppose new football coach’s contract

Sitrin, Politico

Faculty union leaders at Rutgers University are railing against the $32 million contract offered to new head football coach Greg Schiano, saying it “sucks resources” from students and the university community and contributes to the “arms race” among other schools in the Big Ten conference.

David Hughes, a professor of anthropology and treasurer of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union, which represents 4,800 full-time faculty and graduate workers, spoke out in opposition to the contract at Tuesday’s board of governors meeting in New Brunswick along with Diomedes Tsitouras, executive director of the AAUP union representing biomedical and health sciences faculty members who have been without a contract since June of last year.…

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NJ adjuncts get ‘biggest increase’ ever in pay, while full-time professors vote to strike

Catherine Carrera, Staff Writer

About 5,000 unionized adjunct faculty members from nine New Jersey public colleges will see the biggest wage increases they’ve ever received in a new contract reached Friday, after statewide rallies last week that drew hundreds on each campus to call for higher wages.

Meanwhile, another 5,000 unionized full-time faculty members, librarians and staff professionals still in negotiations are preparing for a potential strike by holding strike authorization votes.…

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N.J. college professors are fed up. So they are staging a mass protest.

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

Four months was long enough.

Frustrated by stalled contract talks, the staff at nine New Jersey colleges are holding rallies and protests across the state on Wednesday to fight for a better deal.

“We are trying very hard not to have a strike,” said Tim Haresign, president of the union representing more than 10,000 professors, professional staff and librarians.…

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A world of research supports dropping 10th-grade tests: N.J. teachers union

Donna M. Chiera, Star Ledger Guest Columnist

To improve education results in New Jersey, an emphasis that prioritizes mitigating the impact of income inequality and racial segregation would go far further than continuing failed policies of excessive high stakes testing.

New Jersey policymakers should reflect on the multitude of information available supporting the current proposal before the state Board of Education to eliminate redundant, unnecessary testing of 10th graders and act accordingly.…

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Global Climate Strike demonstrates mass movement to address climate change

On Sept. 20, cities and towns across the globe swelled with an estimated 4 million activists demanding their governments address climate change. Led by students and supported by hundreds of organizations including the AFT, the uprising, held days before the Sept. 23 United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, is thought to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history, and it underscored young people’s passionate commitment to saving the planet.…

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Who Should Be Rutgers Next President? Someone Who Prioritizes Carbon Neutrality, Staff Say

Catherine Carrera, North Jersey Record

The next president of Rutgers University should be someone willing to commit the school to carbon neutrality, according to staff and faculty who spoke at two recent town hall sessions that were part of the university’s process to choose a new leader.

“The number one priority for the next president of Rutgers is going to be to make Rutgers carbon neutral,” said Robert Scott, an associate professor in the anthropology department.…

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For one Newark charter school not in session, the clock is ticking

Briana Vannozzi, NJTV News

The struggling charter failed to open on time for the 2019-2020 school year, and now its students are being bussed out to various community centers throughout the state. While the school is asking for parents’ patience and understanding as the situation is dealt with, the president of Newark’s teachers union is calling for an investigation, claiming a lack of oversight for charter schools is an ongoing issue in the state.…

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Join the fight for your faculty and your future-Support a fair contract for RVCC faculty

Raritan Valley Community College runs best when the contributions of all members of the college community are valued and all are treated with respect. But our faculty are returning to the classroom this semester without a contract. This is unacceptable. 

The college celebrates its “top-notch, innovative, and devoted faculty” as one of the top five reasons students choose RVCC.…

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Longtime Kean president to step down. Dawood Farahi clashed with unions and oversaw massive campus expansion.

Rebecca Panico, NJ Advance Media for

Kean University President Dawood Farahi announced he will step down next year, leading to calls for an open and transparent selection for his successor from faculty union leaders.


Although Farahi started out as a professor, he’s often clashed with the faculty union on campus, the Kean Federation of Teachers.…

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Raritan Valley Community College Faculty Union Disappointed With No New Contract

Mike Deak, Bridgewater Courier News

BRANCHBURG – With only a week to go before the start of classes, Raritan Valley Community College has not reached a settlement on a new contract with its faculty union.

The contract expired on June 30 but, according to a statement from Pattiann Kletz, the union president, negotiations have been continuing for nine months and a mediation session has been held to bring the two sides together.…

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Merit pay was the heart of a ‘revolutionary’ teachers contract in Newark. Now the Cory Booker-era policy is disappearing.

Wall, Chalkbeat

Last week, negotiators for the Newark Teachers Union and the district struck a deal for a new contract that scraps the bonuses for top-rated teachers, allows low-rated teachers to earn raises, and gives teachers with advanced degrees more pay. It also eliminates other provisions of the 2012 contract, which were continued in a follow-up agreement in 2017, including longer hours for low-performing schools.…

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N.J. college wants to go to war over a bad review. The faculty say it’s a big mistake.

Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

A New Jersey college’s threat to sue an accrediting group that criticized one of its master’s degree programs amounts to an ill-conceived waste of time and money, its faculty union says.

A week after Kean University said it’s “standing up for what is right,” union leaders lashed out at the university for its reaction to losing an accreditation for its master’s of public affairs program.…

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Kean University Should Quit Costly Legal Attacks and Fix Failing Department

Beleaguered president of New Jersey public college would rather waste taxpayers’ money fighting accreditors than working with them to clean up his mess

UNION, N.J.—Kean Federation of Teachers President James Castiglione, AFT New Jersey President Donna M. Chiera and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statements after embattled Kean University President Dawood Farahi threatened to sue evaluators that de-accredited his master’s program in public affairs:

The KFT’s Castiglione said: “Instead of wasting money on legal challenges, Kean University management should address glaring deficiencies by hiring full-time faculty and staff to teach, counsel and eventually help public administration students find employment.…

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Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Requiring Mental Health Ed & Establishing Program Testing Later Start Times

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation that will require all New Jersey public schools to include mental health instruction in K through 12 health curriculums. The bill (S2861) aims to enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors related to mental health to promote well-being. Governor Murphy also took action on legislation (S3160) that will require the Department of Education to establish a four-year pilot program testing later school start times for high school students.…

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