We want to thank the dozens of faculty and grads who turned out to Wednesday's successful informational picket for race and gender equity outside the Douglass Student Center. Also, hundreds of students happily took fliers and signed onto a solidarity petition. You can watch short speeches by Prof. Mary Hawkesworth, Prof. Mark Killingsworth, Prof. Nikol Alexander-Floyd and graduate employee Marian Thorpe. Governor Murphy sent us a statement of solidarity that was read out at the picket. He wrote to our union:
New Jersey’s strength comes from the talent in our workforce and the diversity of our communities. The same should be said about our premier institutions of higher learning. I am proud to be a Governor who celebrates this diversity and who has strengthened equal pay protections across New Jersey. I thank the Rutgers Faculty for taking the important step of reiterating these shared goals.
Please stay tuned for announcements of more information pickets. On October 31st the departments of History, English and the language departments in the Academic Building on College Ave. will be hosting an information picket for academic freedom and job security. This form of public pressure strengthens our hand at the bargaining table, and we urge you to participate. Details to come.
Deepa, David and Nikol
Deepa Kumar, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
David Hughes, VP, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Nikol Alexander-Floyd, EC member, WGS, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
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