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The Rutgers AAUP-AFT is the exclusive collective bargaining unit for all Rutgers faculty. Our contracts are negotiated between Rutgers University and the AAUP-AFT and contain the compensation, hours, working conditions, benefits and rights agreed upon by the union and Rutgers' management for the teaching and research staff. The contracts are the primary source of faculty rights on the job. They cover a broad range of working conditions, compensation and protections against arbitrary and capricious actions by administrators, and provide for due process in many aspects of your employment at Rutgers University.


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 regarding sabbatical or other types of leave, instructions for academic reappointments and promotions, employment agreements and contracts (UPF-5 Forms and related documents), the University patent policy, Harassment Policy and Procedures, Post-Tenure Review procedures, workload, University regulations, faculty governance issues, etc. 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 senior staff representative, one staff representative, two staff associates 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 Representative 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

Victoria Pacheco is the Staff Associate and has been with the Association since 2017.  Prior to coming to the AAUP-AFT, Victoria worked for AFTRA, SAG-AFTRA, and the DGA as a field representative and in the SAG-AFTRA communications department.  Victoria Pacheco can be reached at vpacheco AT

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 atRutgers University. Wendy Asreen can reached at wendya AT

You may contact the staff representatives for assistance either by telephone (732) 964-1000 or e-mail: B.J. Walker bjwalker AT Meetings are by appointment only.

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