AAUP at NJMS
Bargain Fair Clinical Compensation
We are proposing a compensation system which will retain many of the attributes that UPA Faculty enjoy now, such as the ability to divvy up revenues and maintain control of the practice. We are also proposing that faculty are placed on any joint committees with RWJBH, ensuring that faculty are a part of any negotiations on practice integration.
We have proposed amendments to the merit pay system. Currently, there is a large issue with merit pay increases not being tied to evaluation scores. In other words, a faculty member could get an excellent evaluation but only a small increase in pay. While we presented the senior Administration with data that showed a poor correlation between a faculty member's evaluation and the merit increase received, they produced no solutions for making the system more fair or transparent. In contrast, our plan requires that any increase cannot be more than .6 below the evaluation score. This is aimed at solving the problem, while maintaining some discretion for the department chair. We are also simultaneously resisting senior administration proposals that make no sense. One of their proposals allows faculty can get docked 12% of their pay if they receive “Unsatisfactory” or “Needs Improvement” on a small minority of their overall effort or in the “Professionalism” category. They propose this cut with no ability to appeal this determination.
Finally, we proposed to triple the match of the extramural incentive.
Faculty Rights in NJMS Bylaws
We have been educating faculty about their rights contained in the NJMS Bylaws. Currently, the Administration is attempting to remove key provisions concerning academic freedom, salary commitment to tenured faculty, and shared governance.
A Voice for Faculty in the RWJBH/Rutgers Alignment
We are advocating for you in Trenton, at the bargaining table and in meetings with the Chancellor. We are fighting to:
- To stop Professional Practice faculty being moved to RWJBH, where they will not receive union representation or the full rights and benefits of being a faculty member.
- Prevent faculty from being assigned to RWJBH institutions at the last minute and have to travel a considerable distance to do so.
- Maintain a voice in how the RWJBH practice is run and to maintain control over aspects where faculty currently occupy control.
- Ensure that University Hospital’s historic mission is protected.
Job Security for both Tenured and Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Unfortunately, we have represented a number of faculty members which have had their reappointments non-renewed for arbitrary or retaliatory reasons. Renewal of appointments should be based on job performance and nothing else. Currently, AAUP-BHSNJ tenured faculty are subject to less rigorous dismissal procedures then other Rutgers tenured faculty. This and other similar issues should be corrected.
“ AAUP-BHSNJ is the professional Bargaining Representative for more than 1,400 faculty members and librarians of the BHSNJ.
As of July 1, 2013, based on the integration of SOM with Rowan University and the integration of the remaining units of the former UMDNJ with Rutgers University (as per the New
Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act as of 2012) AAUP-UMDNJ became AAUP-BHSNJ.
Faculty and Librarians of the former UMDNJ at both Rutgers and Rowan (and those hired into units of the former UMDNJ) are now part of the Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey American Association of University Professors unit, AAUP-BHSNJ.