The New Jersey State AFL-CIO stood with over 200 union members and students at the Rutgers-Newark campus to demand that the Rutgers Administration and Board of Governors negotiate with Rutgers faculty and staff unions for a fair contract.
Our sisters and brothers have worked for eight months since their last contract expired.
After refusing to negotiate for months, Rutgers has recently returned to the bargaining table with offers that fail to address major labor issues including: affordable healthcare, raises that reflect the drastic increase in cost-of-living, job security of part-time lecturers and living wages for graduate student workers. Due to the on-going dispute, Rutgers has earned the unfortunate designation of having the worst labor relations of any higher education institution in New Jersey.
Union members and leaders from across all trades and sectors joined our labor movement in support of a new contract for our members. In addition to AAUP/AFT, URA, HPAE and CWA Local 1031, we were joined by members of International Operating Engineers Local 825 who supported the rally by bringing their infamous blow-up rat.