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Starting salary for Newark teachers raised to $62K

The Newark Board of Education and the Newark Teachers Union recently agreed to raise the district’s starting salary for new teachers to $62,000 per year.

“While teacher shortages across the nation have been exacerbated by the global pandemic, we in Newark are leveraging multiple strategies to attract and retain great teachers,” Newark superintendent Roger León said in a June 2 post on the Newark BOE website.…

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Sweeney hears about pay inequity at Rutgers-Camden

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera and Rutgers AAUP-AFT leaders met Oct. 4 with State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney via Zoom to discuss salary inequity at Rutgers University’s Camden campus.

Todd Wolfson, Rutgers AAUP-AFT’s general vice president, pointed out that during the last contract negotiation about three years ago, two glaring disparities surfaced.

“One was that women were consistently, systematically paid less than men,” Wolfson said, “and the other was that our Camden faculty were paid — on average, accounting for rank and position and time of service — 24 percent less than their New Brunswick counterparts.”…

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Local 6323’s Kumar, Storch and Wolff stand up for pay equity

Deepa Kumar has no interest in applying for jobs merely to have an equity correction made to her salary. Judith Storch sees pay disparity all around her. Nancy Wolff has been waiting 10 months for a response to her pay equity program application.

These three Rutgers University professors are among the five female plaintiffs in a lawsuit that was filed in October accusing Rutgers of pay inequity.…

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Rutgers professors in pay inequity suit speak out

Three of the five female plaintiffs from Local 6323 who filed a lawsuit this week against Rutgers University over pay inequity participated in a virtual press conference Oct. 15.

Here are some of their comments:

Professor Deepa Kumar: “I will say that I started with a good salary — higher, in fact, than several of these colleagues because I had four years of seniority, having taught at Wake Forest University before coming here to Rutgers.…

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Report: N.J. teachers paid 3.1% less than comparable workers

New Jersey teachers earn 3.1% less than other comparable college-educated workers, according to a report by Sylvia A. Allegretto (Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics co-chair) and Lawrence Mishel (former Economic Policy Institute president).

In no state, on average, does the relative wage of teachers surpass that of other college graduates,” they write.

Other key findings include the following:

  • The teacher wage penalty has grown substantially since the mid-1990s. 
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