THE TRUTH ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS

Dear AAUP-BHSNJ Members:
You may have received an e-mail from Chancellor Brian Strom regarding his position on our negotiations.
First, please be advised that Chancellor Strom has not attended our negotiating sessions.  Your AAUP elected leaders have been at the table and have been working diligently toward coming to a contract settlement that reflects what our members have repeatedly asked for:  A FAIR CONTRACT.
 

*The AAUP-BHSNJ brought an Unfair Labor Charge against Rutgers regarding changes being made to the Appointments and Promotions Guidelines.  The Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) directed Rutgers to negotiate the A&P Guidelines with us.

*Rutgers proposed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to the AAUP that they called an “Alignment Agreement” purporting to “align” our members with the other Rutgers’ Unions.  However, the initial MOA presented to the AAUP-BHSNJ did not include tuition remission,  In fact, the other unions’ MOAs included tuition remission for dependents and the CIR agreement included tuition remission for both the employees and dependents.

*Rutgers then proposed an “Alignment MOA” to the AAUP-BHSNJ that included tuition remission for dependents only, rather than the current Rutgers policy which includes both employee and dependent tuition remission.

However, they made OUR agreement contingent upon our acceptance of Rutgers A&P Guidelines.   At our last session on November 20th, when they presented the new “Alignment MOA,” Rutgers told us that they have a new A&P Guideline document with some changes.  To date, we have not received that document notwithstanding their position that we have to accept by 12/31/14 if we want tuition remission.  

*The A&P Guidelines proposed to us have many changes, including an “up or out” system and no appeals process.

*The “increases” that Chancellor Strom indicated in his e-mail are "merit only," begin on July 1, 2014 and there were no proposed across-the-board increases.  The AAUP responded with a counter-proposal that included both merit, across the board and retroactivity.

*Chancellor Strom’s e-mail neglected to state that Rutgers proposal on compensation is “subject to State funding.”  This is the same provision that Rutgers used to deny legacy-Rutgers faculty their contractually negotiated increases leading to a salary freeze.

*Rutgers has limited our negotiations to two (2) hour meetings.  We have proposed full day negotiations and dates from December through February.  So far, we have been given one additional date in January.

We will not be held hostage to these threats by Rutgers Administration.  You have been without an increase for over 5 1/2 years.  We are standing strong and united.
Sincerely,
Ilyssa DeCasperis

Executive DirectorAAUP-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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