Rutgers Faculty Union Makes Last-Minute Deal To Avoid Strike

Rutgers' Faculty Union Came To A Last-Minute Deal And There Will Be No Need For A Strike

The threat of a strike was thick in Rutgers air over the past year, there have been more than 35 negotiating sessions since March, but they were able to come to a conclusion last night without the need of a strike.

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Spring is here, you can smell the stress of finals budding on the flowers. Classes are coming to an end and every second counts at this point.

Rutgers professors and other faculty were very close to canceling all classes and halting all research in the New-Brunswick Piscataway, Camden, and Newark campuses if the strike were to happen this week. They also would have asked part-time adjunct professors, who are not in their bargaining unit, to honor picket lines and not teach classes in protest for key union demands such as including pay equity, hiring more full-time faculty to improve the faculty-to-student ratio, and a $15 minimum wage for student workers,

The thought of a strike interfering for days of education made many students shudder but many understand the importance of Rutgers faculty reasoning and what was at stake.

"Camden and Newark faculty get paid less than New Brunswick — that is unconscionable," Hughes said. "Pay people the same. Equal pay for equal work for women, for men, for faculty of color, for white faculty and for faculty in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark."

The faculty union was not asking for bizarre change, but demanding equality and attempting to cease the gender and race wage gap.

The threat of a strike was thick in Rutgers air over the past year, there have been more than 35 negotiating sessions since March, but they were able to come to a conclusion last night without the need of a strike.

While the threat of a strike was very apparent to make change, "Rutgers University averted what would have been the first strike by professors in the school's nearly 253 -year history by reaching a last-minute deal late Tuesday with the faculty union in a series of marathon negotiating sessions."

"We made history today," Rutgers AAUP-AFT president Deepa Kumar said in a statement. "For the first time in the union's nearly 50-year history, we won equal pay for equal work for female faculty, faculty of color and for faculty in the Newark and Camden campuses. We won significant pay raises for our lowest paid members, our graduate employees who will see their pay increase from $25,969 to $30,162 over the course of the contract."

Yesterday the gender gap wage, and racial gap wage along with campus gap wage was closed.

Deepa Kumar said in a statement, "For the first time in the union's nearly 50-year history, we won equal pay for equal work for female faculty, faculty of color and for faculty in the Newark and Camden campuses. We won significant pay raises for our lowest paid members, our graduate employees who will see their pay increase from $25,969 to $30,162 over the course of the contract."

I'm proud of Rutgers for standing their ground and demanding equality. Yesterday did make history.

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It is finally that time again. The end of the fall semester is almost here. The only thing standing between you and your Christmas break is exam week. After a week of cramming for tests, studying late into the late hours of the night, and barely sleeping, it is time for you to take your last final exam.

As you turn in your test, your mind is flooded with these thoughts:

1. Thank God that is over.

2. Now I can go to sleep

3. I am never pulling an all-nighter again

4. I need coffee

5. Why was that question on the test? That was not on the study guide.

6. I wonder if everyone else thought that test was difficult, too?

7. I should have studied more.

8. I hope I passed. I think I passed.

9. What's the lowest grade I could have made to maintain my "B"?

10. How will this exam impact my final grade? How will my final grade change my overall GPA?

11. Glad I never have to see that teacher again.

12. How much should I sell my textbook for?

13. I'm hungry.

14. I wonder if my friends are done with exams? I'll text them and ask if we can hang out later.

15. I think I'll go out tonight. I deserve to have fun after all of that studying.

16. I am so glad it is finally Christmas Break!

Enjoy being at home with your friends and family. Decorate all the cookies you can eat, binge-watch your favorite Christmas movies, and brave the Christmas crowds at the shopping mall.

Before you know it you will be back in school taking classes, counting down to Spring Break, and eventually preparing for your next final exam week in May!


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