Board of Governors listens to pleas for fairer contracts, proposes changes to governance structure, instates revisions to Code of Conduct
By Katie Park
Members of the Rutgers chapter of the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers protest the Dec. 9 Board of Governors meeting, demanding fairer contracts.
The semester’s first Board of Governors meeting, held two months ago at Rutgers-Camden, was a quiet affair. Of the several rows of seats, only the first was filled.
At the semester’s second and final Board of Governors meeting, held Dec. 9 at Winants Hall on the College Avenue campus, members from the Rutgers chapter of the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers shouted rally cries. Almost every seat was filled by a protester.
The AAUP-AFT members’ clamoring could be heard from outside Winants Hall: “What do we want?” they chanted. “Fair contracts. When do we want them? Now.”
The protestors toted large red and white signs displaying messages such as “President Barchi: Fair contracts now,” and “Rutgers works because we do: Bargain in good faith.”