NEW BRUNSWICK - If you believe what you read on Facebook these days, it would appear that more than 100 protesters will be storming the Rutgers University Board of Governors meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 10.
Contracts are set to expire in June for 20,000 faculty and staff members at the university.
But that is not the only issue at hand. There are a laundry list of concerns relating to working conditions on campus. That includes:
* Demanding monthly health care contributions go down by hundreds of dollars or more
* Having yearly cost-of-living raises
* Creating more tenure-track faculty and TA/GA lines
* Allowing tenure eligibility for NTT teaching faculty
* Giving free tuition for all Ph.D. students and five-year funding for all TA/GAs
* Hiking salaries to address gender pay inequity
* Hiring of more historically underrepresented faculty and graduate employees
* Creating a $15 minimum wage for all campus employees, including student workers. (Last year, Rutgers President Robert Barchi responded to student protests by raising the campus minimum wage from $8.44 an hour to $11 an hour, effective Jan 1.)
So, there is lots to chew on when the Board of Governors attempts to meet at Winants Hall, 7 College Ave.
This rally is coordinated by the Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops, Local 109, the Rutgers AAUP/AFT, AFL-CIO and Local 5094, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, AFT / AFL-CIO. It is expected the rally will be attended by Rutgers University staff, faculty and staff.
Of note, the Board of Governors is expected to go into closed session at 12:05 p.m., returning at 1:30 p.m.