March 23rd, 2015
SOME 4,700 full-time faculty and graduate employees at Rutgers
University overcame an intransigent management to win a tentative
contract agreement that includes dramatic wage increases for those at
the lowest ranks and a substantial modification of management's coveted
"subject to" clause used to freeze wages in 2010.
"Membership activism provided the leverage our negotiating team
needed to successfully revise management's 'subject to' clause in order
to guarantee our raises cannot be frozen at whim. While we were not able
to achieve all of our goals, on balance we think this is a good
contract," wrote Professor Lisa Klein, president of the Rutgers chapter
of the American Association of University Professionals-American
Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT).