Rutgers Has Even More Money in Reserves…But Only a Measly 1.1% Raise Offer for Hard-Working Staff
| In April, Howard Bunsis, Professor of Eastern Michigan University, performed a thorough analysis of Rutgers finances based on publicly-available audit reports, budgets and other records. The most troubling fact that he uncovered was that Rutgers had enough in savings to operate the University without any State support for about six months (about $1 billion).
At the Bargaining table, Rutgers management claimed that the University is not in “good financial shape” due, in part, to the merger with UMDNJ. But the updated report from Dr. Bunsis shows that Rutgers has handled the merger just fine and has increased its reserves even further.
Rutgers faculty and staff ask state university for fair contract negotiations Brent Johnson, Star Ledger
Rutgers faculty, lawmakers rally for fair contract negotiations Chase Brush, PolitickerNJ
By Brent Johnson
TRENTON — A group of Rutgers University faculty members and union officials stood with state lawmakers on the steps of the Statehouse today and called for the state university’s leaders to conduct fair contract negotiations.
Reclaim Rutgers — a coalition of faculty and staff unions — said 20,000 of the school’s workers have gone at least three years without a raise while the cost of living and health care costs have increased. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
TRENTON — A coalition of faculty and staff unions from Rutgers University joined forces with Trenton lawmakers on the statehouse steps today to continue their campaign for fair contracts amid ongoing negotiations with the school’s administration.
A recent rally and protests for fair contracts are heard among growing support from students, alumni, labor leaders and New Jersey’s elected officials (click for videos and photos)
Photo caption: Lucye Millerand addresses the rally (left); New Jersey State Legislators support Rutgers workers (center); Rutgers faculty member, David Hughes, denounces Rutgers’ unfair tactics (right).
On December 9th, Rutgers Unions from both Rutgers legacy and UMDNJ legacy units continued to fight for fair contracts by taking it to the street and gaining healthy dose of support from state legislators and New Jersey’s labor leaders. These supporters have joined with the thousands who have already signed the Petition for Fairness. Previously, Rutgers workers felt the support from New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) through his open letter to President Barchi. Also added to the list of supporters are prominent alumni Junot Diaz and Eric LeGrand.
Board of Governors listens to pleas for fairer contracts, proposes changes to governance structure, instates revisions to Code of Conduct
The URA has confirmed that the Teamsters Local 97 tentative agreement announced by Vice President Vivian Fernandez includes the same “subject to” clause that Rutgers management used in 2010 to freeze our salaries. Removing this language from our contract was identified as a top priority by URA members in our bargaining surveys last spring. We need a contract that means what it says.
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