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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
HomenewsMore Than 9,000 Professors at Rutgers University Are on Strike.

More Than 9,000 Professors at Rutgers University Are on Strike.

Monday was the first time in the school’s 257-year history that professors, part-time lecturers, and graduate students working at New Jersey’s flagship university went on strike.
Even though picket lines were set up at Rutgers campuses in New Brunswick/Piscataway, Newark, and Camden, classes were still going on.

Dan Battey, a professor at Rutgers, said, “A lot of part-time faculty don’t make enough to live on.”
Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has asked that both sides meet in his office at the Statehouse at noon on Monday to try to find a solution.

In a statement posted on Twitter Sunday, Murphy said that Rutgers University is one of the best colleges in the country.

“I’m asking the University and union bargaining committees to meet in my office tomorrow to talk things over.”Some students came to show their support for the workers who were on strike.

Julia Sirota, a medical student at Rutgers, said, “As a medical student, it’s important for me to stand up for the people who teach my classes.”

Eyewitness News was at the New Brunswick campus just after 9 a.m. when a large group of striking union members walked a picket line and chanted “Get up, get down! Unions are strong in New Brunswick.”

More than 9,000 union members at Rutgers will go on strike for the first time in the school’s history because they were unable to come to an agreement.

More Than 9,000 Professors at Rutgers University Are on Strike.

On its website, the university said, “Many classes will continue to meet during the strike.” We want students to keep coming to class and finishing their schoolwork. Please look at Canvas or another learning management system, or talk to your teacher, to find out information about your classes.

Sunday night, union leaders decided to go on strike because contract talks, which have been going on since July, had reached a dead end. Last month, most faculty members voted in favor of letting them go on strike.

The strike involved about 9,000 Rutgers staff members from three unions: the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents full-time faculty, graduate workers, postdoctoral associates, and some counselors;

the Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union, which represents part-time lecturers; and the AAUP-BHSNJ, which represents faculty in the biomedical and health sciences at Rutgers’ medical, dental, nursing, and public health schools.

Union leaders said that faculty members at medical and other schools of health sciences will continue to do important research and care for patients, but they will cut back on tasks that don’t affect the health and safety of patients.

Eyewitness News was at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus just after 9 a.m. on Monday, when union members were walking a picket line.

More Than 9,000 Professors at Rutgers University Are on Strike.

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway said on Sunday that he thought the two sides were close to a deal. He also said that the university will keep trying to reach an agreement. But union officials said it didn’t look like a deal was close.

“It would be an understatement to say that this is very sad,” Holloway said.

Union leaders say that among other things, they want pay raises, better job security for part-time faculty, and guaranteed funding for graduate students.

Holloway has said that the university has offered to raise the salaries of full-time faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants by 12% by 2025. All of the faculty unions were offered a one-time payment of 3% more, which would be paid out over the first two years of the new contract.

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Parvesh
Parvesh
Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.
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