Coalition approach wins concessions limiting tuition increase
AFT Rutgers members of the Union of Rutgers Administrators staff local and the Rutgers AAUP/AFT faculty local coalesced with students and other campus unions to call on the Board of Governors to honor agreements executives breeched by cancelling negotiated raises and limiting tuition increase. The Board responded by cutting outgoing Rutgers President McCormick’s proposal for a tuition increase in half and promising to further examine the unions’ position. Rutgers faculty and staff accepted a similar agreement deferring 2009 raises, but executives failed to honor the agreements—the only institution in the state to do so.
See a short video of the rally on the AFTNJ YouTube channel at http://aftnj.org/?p=279
Also, the Star-Ledger produced a short video of the rally interviewing AFSCME Local 888 President Mike Holland and Union of Rutgers Administrators campus Vice President Kathryn Neal.