The depth of feeling among faculty and graduate employees of Rutgers University over contract negotiations was signaled this week whenof members represented by the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers authorized their union’s leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations hit a wall. It would be the first strike in the university’s 253-year history.
The AAUP-AFT, which representsfull-time faculty and graduate workers, is for part-time faculty, female faculty, and those who are teaching in Rutgers’ Newark and Camden campuses. It also wants more full-time faculty and librarians to be hired to improve the student/faculty ratio; more teaching assistantships; and a more diverse faculty. It’s also looking for and longer, more secure contracts.
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