We regret to inform you that despite somewhat productive discussions throughout the month of June, we have not reached agreement on your faculty collective bargaining agreement with the University. We had hoped by this late date that the university would value your contributions and heroism amid the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, it does not. While this is disappointing, we remain steadfast in protecting your job and your dignity. The University's current proposed contract could do real harm to you.
Here are several examples with respect to compensation:
It is amazing that the university insists it has a "financial emergency." You can see this is a farce. About a month ago, the University walked away from a Coalition of Rutgers Union proposal that would have saved it at least $107 million. It has instead opted for piece meal approaches such as layoffs of cleaning personnel, threatening those that are tenured, and freezing of faculty money in discretionary accounts. This is all while high-paid university officials take little by way of pay cuts.
We know it is difficult. However, we also know this irrational behavior is not sustainable. And while feelings of frustration, apprehension, and melancholy are completely understandable, it is times like these that measure our resolve to remain committed each other and to our principles. While President Barchi could not be persuaded of these virtues, we are hopeful incoming President Holloway will be.
Please come to our town hall Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6 p.m.
When: Jul 7, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: Town Hall July 7, 2020 6:00 PM
Please click the link below to join the webinar: