By Melinda Caliendo
The union representing faculty and adjunct staff at Raritan Valley Community College held a rally and spoke at the board of trustees meeting Tuesday night in hopes of demonstrating the need to complete the contract negotiations that started this spring.

The American Federation of Teachers Local 2375, which represents more than 400 educators at the school, also issued a press release asking the college’s administration to sit down for “good faith” bargaining.

“The difficulty is economics,” said Local 2375 President Maria DeFillipis. “There seemed to be a line drawn in the sand.”

“In the past, I think there’s always been collegiality, cooperation, compromise — we don’t get that sense this time around,” DeFillipis said. “The members of my negotiating team are a group of people who believe there is real power in cooperation, and the only progress you can ever make, especially in a democracy, is through compromise.”


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