The Rutgers administration is reacting to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis by making the most vulnerable people in our community—students, faculty, staff, and beyond—suffer the most. Get the facts about the administration’s “fiscal emergency” and reopening plans—and what Rutgers AAUP-AFT and the Coalition of Rutgers Unions are doing about them.
What You Can Do to Help
- Sign and share a petition calling on President-designate Holloway to stop layoffs and cuts.
- Tell us what you think about Rutgers’ reopening plans.
- Take the union’s survey on remote teaching.
- Join your union if you’re not already a member.
The “Fiscal Emergency”
Here’s What We’re Fighting For in Ten Words
Rutgers University is at a turning point, with a new president taking office and faced with twin health and economic crises in the shadow of a national awakening around issues of racial justice. The Coalition of Rutgers Unions, representing 19 unions and 20,000 workers, has put forward a people-centered approach to prevent layoffs, protect the vulnerable, and safeguard public higher education.
Click here to read our infographic spelling out what we’re fighting at Rutgers.
Questions and Answers about the “Fiscal Emergency”
On Monday, June 8, the Rutgers administration sent notifications to nearly all of the 19 unions in our coalition that a fiscal emergency now exists, and it is exercising its power to break certain provisions of our contract. The university is required to give us 21 days’ notice of the specific actions it intends to take upon declaring a fiscal emergency. Management has indicated that it intends to “withhold” our raises—due on July 1—that were negotiated in the last Rutgers AAUP-AFT contract.
Click here to read our answers to your questions about the administration’s action.
Coalition Statement on Layoffs and the “Fiscal Emergency”
The Rutgers University administration has notified nearly all of its unions that it is taking the first steps toward implementing a fiscal emergency, thereby jeopardizing the futures of our 20,000-plus union members, their families, and communities throughout New Jersey. By declaring a financial emergency, Rutgers is tearing up our contracts and unilaterally attacking our unions and our most vulnerable members. It is also turning its back on the plan developed by our coalition to confront the COVID-19 crisis with a work-sharing furlough program that would prevent layoffs and program cuts, protect the most vulnerable, and bolster the university’s financial health.
Click here to read the full statement.
Our Unions’ People-Centered Alternative
Our coalition of 19 unions at Rutgers has presented a people-centered approach to confronting the COVID-19 crisis. It includes a proposal for a work-sharing program, running through July, that would save the university up to $100 million through targeted furloughs while fully protecting the jobs and incomes of Rutgers workers.
Click here to learn more about our vision.
The Future of Rutgers
Tell Us What You Think about Rutgers’ Reopening Plans
The Rutgers administration has produced a report on reopening the university, drafted with almost no input from faculty and staff or our unions, which fails to address many basic questions. This is unacceptable given the stakes for all of us in these decisions. We want your input about specific health and safety concerns to raise with the administration—and we want to hear from you if you are being asked to perform unsafe work, which you have a right to refuse.
Click here to read more about the latest developments and tell us what you think.
Our Union’s Remote Teaching Survey
Given the pandemic and the likelihood that many or most courses will be taught remotely in the fall of 2020, we want to know what your concerns and challenges are with regard to preparing and providing instruction remotely. Your answers to the following questions will help the Union assess where to focus immediate efforts, and also help us to better understand where information and guidance is most needed.
Click here to take the union’s survey on remote teaching