By Keith Sargeant


Before the meeting, representatives of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT held a protest outside Barchi’s Old Queens office urging the university president to settle with the faculty on fair terms. The organization, which represents more than 6,000 faculty and staff across Rutgers’ three campuses, has been bargaining over employment conditions, including a January 2012 salary freeze, job security, fair pay and consistent procedures, since July 2012.

In addition to publishing an open letter in the Rutgers student newspaper, the Daily Targum, in Tuesday editions, several AAUP-AFT members gathered to draw attention to the stalled bargaining.

“We find the glacial pace of bargaining and the intransigence of the administration’s team to be at odds with the values you expressed about nontenure-track faculty careers to the Board of Governors in July,” read the letter, in part.

Rutgers officials responded with a statement. “The parties are meeting on a regular basis and exchanging proposals,” said Rutgers spokesperson E.J. Miranda. “We look forward to a timely resolution of the issues. It is our intention to discuss all relevant labor issues at the negotiating table and not in other forums.”


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