Bring your team to the table now; let’s hammer out a deal on employee health insurance as we agreed we would over eight months ago. We can save money for Rutgers workers, the University and the State of New Jersey.
Twenty-two thousand unionized employees at Rutgers agreed to negotiate over health insurance with Rutgers management “immediately following” the close of negotiations on economics and working conditions issues last summer. Since mid-2019, Rutgers has refused to come to the table on health insurance. As of February 2020:
- Rutgers employees are paying more for the State Health Benefits Plan than our peers who work directly for the State of New Jersey.
- Thousands of adjunct faculty, who teach most of the classes at all Rutgers campuses and online, are offered no health insurance at all.
- Medical faculty still have no contract.
- Neither Rutgers nor its workers are getting the savings that the State of New Jersey negotiated with its workers in 2019.
Our salaries as unionized staff and faculty in public higher education are lower than what we could earn in the private sector. We have chosen to work in higher education for the rewards, which include a strong benefit package. 80% of our members utilize the State Health Benefits plan for ourselves and our families.
We urge Rutgers management to come to the bargaining table today, as promised, and negotiate health insurance language for our contracts now– before another fiscal year of savings is lost.