Rutgers Union Protest at Old Queens Calls for Fair Contracts

Administration Refuses to Budge as Pressure from the Community Mounts in Support of Faculty and Staff

By David Bedford

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 24, close to 100 members of the Rutgers community protested at Old Queens, the university’s oldest building and home to its administration, for fair faculty and staff contracts from the administration.

The crowd consisted of professors, part-time lecturers, graduate students, undergraduate students, teaching assistants (TA’s), adjunct professors, and alumni.

Formed a large circle around the entrance to Old Queens, they blocked traffic around the building as they spoke in favor of better contracts.

The protest was organized by the Reclaiming Rutgers campaign, a collective effort of several unions on campus, particularly the AFT-AAUP and the URA, to address their grievances with the negotiations over faculty and staff contracts.

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