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By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

Fed up with contract talks that have dragged on since last year, Rutgers University professors are one step closer to walking off the job.

The faculty union’s leaders on Thursday asked their members to give permission to call for a strike, if necessary.

“We have taken this step because it is important to defend quality public higher education,” said Deepa Kumar, president of the union representing more than 4,800 full-time faculty and graduate workers. “Instead of spending money on our educational mission, the (President Robert) Barchi administration has wasted resources on high management salaries and golden parachutes for managers and coaches.”

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