Over a year ago, a 25-year faculty member of New Jersey Medical school, with an exemplary performance rating, and among the highest billings in his department, was non-renewed, without any reason. Our Union brought the case to arbitration alleging that the reason for non-renewing the appointment was age discrimination.
On the day of the arbitration was scheduled to be heard, our Union and the University entered into a settlement agreement, compensating the faculty member in the amount of approximately $300,000. As typical in these agreements, the university did not admit any wrongdoing.
The non-renewal of non-tenure track faculty for arbitrary reasons happens too often. Our Union is looking forward to bargaining a long-term solution to this problem during the current round of collective negotiations.