TCNJ contract button
Faculty members have been spotted around campus wearing buttons in protest.

By Stephanie Petit, Correspondent
A small group of students gathered Wednesday to show support and start garnering ideas to help the College’s faculty, who have been working without a contract since July.
“We just wanted to get some students together to support them,” senior psychology major Cassidy Bartolini said.
Bartolini and junior women and gender’s studies major Remi Lourenco learned about this issue from their WGS professor Nelson Rodriguez and knew they needed to do something.
“I think it hit home because we both really like this professor,” Lourenco said.
Gov. Chris Christie has issued demands regarding the creation of a new contract for professors and staff at the College. Despite a clause stating that the former contract cannot be revoked until a new contract is signed, the governor has declared he will not adhere to this and has begun to cut sabbaticals and increments.
“This is the first time we have gone this long without a new agreement,” said Ralph Edelbach, an associate professor and president of The College of New Jersey Federation of Teachers. “That is primarily because the College presidents, including President Gitenstein, have convinced Gov. Christie to put demands on the negotiating table that are totally unacceptable to us and will, we believe, negatively impact each college and its students.”


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