Category Archives: Pay Freeze

President McCormick Says Publicly that He Wants to End the Salary Freeze

Rutgers major unions – URA-AFT, AAUP-AFT, AFSCME Locals 888 and 1761 – have offered, since July 2011, to settle our salary freeze grievances

So what is holding us up? Here’s the picture for URA:

  1. URA and AAUP offered a similar framework for a settlement. Elements included: partial retroactivity, a raise for FY 2011-12 and FY 2012–13, and compensation to PERS retirees who did not get what State PERS members got through the MOA.
  2. Management has made an offer which would extend the contract an additional 3 years, but would not give any new money, beyond the payout of the 9% which was provided in our original contract. That 9% would be spread out until FY 13–14.
  3. Management has not ended the unequal treatment of URA members. While faculty members received a raise in 2010, and AFSCME members are receiving increments this year, we have received no raises since July 2008.
  4. Management is not addressing the significant increases in the cost of health and pension benefits to our members. While many of us would consider any raise to be an improvement, we have to consider what our needs will be (considering recent changes to our healthcare and pension system) over the next 3 years before we can vote on any settlement.
  5. Until we see an offer from management which moves in the direction of resolving these inequalities, we need to keep all our alternatives open. Those include: mobilizing to protest the salary freeze and educate the community about real financial mismanagement at Rutgers, negotiating a new contract for 2011–2014, and pursuing the two arbitration cases we have scheduled with Arbitrators Light (Phase 2) and Mastriani.