The AAUP-AFT assists members of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Counselors bargaining unit in finding informal solutions to problems they face in the workplace. The staff of the union routinely meets with EOF Counselors to discuss and explore ways to resolve issues of many kinds. If resolution is not achievable through informal efforts, EOF Counselors are advised as to whether the issue(s) in question are cognizable through the negotiated grievance procedures and/or whether other avenues are available.
EOF Counselors have "just cause" protection against arbitrary discipline and discharge (Article 7) as well as a formal grievance procedure set out in Article 5 of their union-negotiated contract.
If you have questions and/or need information in general about University practices, policies or rules, you can find assistance by contacting our office. We will attempt to answer any questions you may have.
Rutgers AAUP-AFT is only authorized to pursue grievances on behalf of its members under the collective bargaining agreement with Rutgers, the State University. It does not provide members with lawyers or legal advice for the pursuit of outside discrimination claims. State and federal laws provide individual avenues separate from the union-negotiated contract to pursue claims of violations of anti-discrimination laws. Consult this "FAQ's Concerning Discrimination and the Law" for information about your rights and obligations under state and federal laws.
The Rutgers AAUP-AFT Grievance Department is staffed by one staff representative, a staff associate, a staff assistant, and a retired faculty member working part-time. The Chair of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Litigation/Grievance Committee is appointed by the President.
BJ Walker is the Staff Representative and has been with the Association since 1991. Prior to joining the staff, BJ worked for an independent labor organization representing county employees in Orange County, California, and for various law firms specializing in employment law and labor arbitration.
Damon Fillman is the Staff Associate and has been with the Association since 2014. Damon was a United Food and Commerical Workers member for six years as well as an intern and temporary staff member for UFCW Local 1776. Damon was also a student activist at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Damon Fillman can be reached at dfillman AT rutgersaaup.org.
Wendy Asreen joined the AAUP as a part-time staff person in July 2006 coming directly from Easter Seals New Jersey. Wendy has also previously worked as an Administrative Assistant for the compliance department at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs here at Rutgers University. Wendy Asreen can be reached at wendya AT rutgersaaup.org.
You may contact the staff representatives for assistance either by telephone (732) 964-1000 or e-mail: B.J. Walker (bjwalker AT rutgersaaup.org). Meetings are by appointment only.