Postdoctoral positions (whether called associates or certain postdoctoral fellows) are often viewed as a "stepping stone" in one's career. At the completion of one's Doctoral degree, early-career professionals train with world-class experts while contributing to the research mission of our university, particularly in STEM disciplines. During this short but critical phase of academic employment, you have the opportunity to have a voice in the terms and conditions of employment through becoming a member of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT.
Increasingly, these 400-plus transitional positions have taken on a greater prominence, with early-career scientists and scholars working in multiple postdoc appointments, for longer periods, and traveling further to do so. As this shift occurs, it is more important than ever for postdocs to have the professional protections and support of a union — a voice in their working conditions. Every new employee in the postdoc union bargaining unit begins as a representation fee payer.
As the newest unit of Rutgers AAUP-AFT, Postdoctoral Associates signed their first union contract in 2012 — only the third group of postdocs to do so in an American university. Our postdoc union continues to make precedent-setting advances in support of invaluable research, by attracting and retaining the best minds in the world to Rutgers.