Wage Freezes, Job Losses Possible as Rutgers Declares Fiscal Emergency

Chuck O’Donnell, Patch

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – More than 20,000 Rutgers employees could have their scheduled 3% raises postponed and others could lose their jobs as the university deals with a projected $260 million deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school has declared a fiscal emergency as referenced in certain labor union contracts, which then triggers a mandatory 21-day negotiating period.

During the time, the university and its labor unions “investigate” the next step before any action is formally taken by Rutgers, according to a statement provided to TAPinto New Brunswick by a university spokesperson.

That action could include the postponement of a scheduled 3% wage hike that is scheduled to kick in on July 1.

During a video conference last week with leaders of a coalition of 19 labor unions representing more than 20,000 employees at Rutgers, Christine O’Connell called for the university to take a “humane” approach to negotiations. O’Connell, the president of the Union of Rutgers Administrators, is urging the university to “do as little harm as possible.”

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