On October 15, 2020, an emergency SAS faculty meeting was held in response to recently announced layoffs in multiple academic departments. Both faculty and staff spoke out during the meeting against Executive Dean Peter March, his layoff decisions, lack of transparency, and a host of other failures. Here is a selection of what occurred during the meeting:
Faculty resolution to reverse layoffs
Manufacturing Scarcity (PDF) — Presentation by Professor David Hughes, Department of Anthropology
Remarks from Christine O’Connell, President of URA-AFT
Remarks from Andrew Goldstone, Associate Professor of English
On Wednesday, August 26th, several union presidents representing URA, AAUP, AAUP-PTLFC, AFSCME 888, AAUP-BHSNJ, HPAE, NJEA, Doctors’ Council, and OPEIU met with President Holloway to discuss the labor management relationship at Rutgers and how we all seek to improve it through collaboration and partnership moving forward.
We addressed concerns about layoffs across all of our units, our importance to the success of the University, lack of accountability and response from his senior management team, low morale, and many other issues. It was a productive conversation and gave President Holloway a clearer understanding of our shared commitment and common goals.
I requested to schedule monthly meetings to ensure regular communications, but he did not commit to that. We all agreed that it is important to reset the relationship between labor and management and committed to greater transparency to correct previous “systematic communication failures.” We are looking forward to developing a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with President Holloway as we continue to navigate through COVID-19 and beyond.