Non-Tenure Track News:
Meet Your NTT Negotiating Team
The AAUP-AFT bargaining team held its first session with RU administration on February 14, 2013. The team brought to the table a strong proposal to improve the compensation, advancement, and professional recognition of NTT faculty in teaching and research. The Administration's team came to the session unprepared with no proposals.
Note: NTT faculty include: All Clinical faculty, Research Professors at all ranks, Research Assistants, Research Associates, Lecturers at all ranks, Instructors, Assistant Instructors, and Librarian V.
Join the union: Empowerment!
The Rutgers AAUP-AFT started bargaining with Rutgers management for a new contract in June 2011. Union leaders made Non-Tenure-Track issues a top priority. The union proposed university-wide procedures for appointment, promotion, and evaluation at all NTT ranks, addressing the lack of a promotion pathway and the limited use of multi-year appointments.
The administration countered with its own proposal: study NTT issues some more. In essence, they wanted further delay. By design, management’s proposals as originally brought to the table would have blocked any proposals affecting NTT faculty from serious negotiations.
An end to the salary freeze and the successor contract were finally reached through a settlement. Under the successor contract, a review of procedures for NTT appointment, reappointment, evaluation, and promotion was to begin in all deaconal units immediately after ratification. Interim EVPAA Richard Edwards send a memo in February 2012, instructing all deans to conduct a review consulting both NTT and TT faculty by July 1. The union expects to begin negotiations on the results of this review on or about July 27, 2012.
To assist the faculty in this work, the AAUP-AFT NTT Caucus developed the following criteria for improvements in career pathway procedures:
NTT Criteria 2012
AAUP-AFT 2011 proposals brought to the bargaining table with the administration:
Summary of NTT faculty proposals, August 2011
The previous contract between Rutgers and the AAUP-AFT (that expired 30 June 2011) contained the provision that a presidential task force be convened to examine academic and employment issues of NTT faculty. The parties agreed, further, to make recommendations of the task force subjects of negotiation. The task force met. The task force made recommendations. The administration not only failed to negotiate about any of those recommendations under the old contract, it also wanted to ignore them in the new contract. We achieved the review of procedures and will need member participation as we seek to negotiate beginning at the end of July 2012.
Handy List of Relevant Documents mentioned above
NTT Criteria 2012 for Improvements in NTT appointment, reappointment, evaluation, and promotion procedures (preparation before July 2012 negotiations)
Summary of NTT Proposals, August 2011
NTT Task Force Recommendations, 2009
Appendix F of the 2007-2011 Collective Agreement that created the NTT Task Force, 2007
Faculty Charge and Recommendations on NTT, 2006
For other information and archived documents related to non-tenure-track union and professional advocacy efforts, these AAUP-AFT pages:
NTT Caucus News
NTT Data Bank
For upcoming meetings of the NTT Caucus please see our Event Calendar or contact Rich Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org or (732) 964-1000, ext. 18.