AAUP FILES FOR INTERIM RELIEF AGAINST RUTGERS

Dear AAUP-BHSNJ Members:
 
This is to inform you that the AAUP-BHSNJ has filed an Unfair Practice Charge requesting Interim Relief against Rutgers Administration with the PERC.

The basis of our application is due to both the “Alignment MOA” that was presented to us with the “deadline” of December 31, 2014 and the e-mail the Chancellor Strom sent to you which was not entirely accurate.  
 
As we have previously informed you, the MOA that Rutgers wants us to sign asked us to trade your A&P Guidelines for dependent-only tuition remission.  (The tuition remission referenced “Rutgers Policy” but did not include Paragraph “A” of the Policy that offers the same to employees.)  The MOA required us to accept the terms in full or it will be withdrawn.  At the table and in the e-mail by the Chancellor, we were given the same ultimatum.

It is our position that not only is this bad faith bargaining, but that the e-mail sent by the Chancellor is akin to coercion of you, our members, by directing you to contact the Union to accept this proposal by an arbitrary date or lose our right to negotiate the same.

Unlike a regular UPC, when we file for interim relief, it is anticipated that a hearing will be held within a short time. Our requested remedy is to have the PERC direct Rutgers to:

1.  Cease threatening the AAUP to permanently withdraw its proposal on tuition remission;
2.  Direct the school to continue to negotiate with us on tuition remission beyond 12/31/14;
3.  Direct the school to withdraw proposals that are mandatory subjects of bargaining based on arbitrary dates in favor of true, good faith bargaining;
4.  Direct the school to cease communicating with our membership in an attempt to coerce you into accepting a partial agreement which requires us to abandon the right to negotiate tuition remission and the A&P guidelines while we are negotiating for a complete agreement;
5.  Direct the University to post notices that they violated the law.

I would like to thank Dr. Joe Holtzman for his time working with us on our Certification Document which includes the (long) history of negotiations through November 20th.

We will continue to update you as this matter goes forward.

In unity there is strength.
 
Ilyssa
Ilyssa DeCasperis
Executive Director
AAUP-BHSNJ

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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 
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