Other NJ News

Rutgers to Raise Minimum Wage to $11 an Hour for Student Workers

944ff29ca501b006becf_best_5aaeb870215af8bb15f5_best_ebc47455e3faada0ed12_ru_winants_hall.jpg
944ff29ca501b006becf_best_5aaeb870215af8bb15f5_best_ebc47455e3faada0ed12_ru_winants_hall.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the minimum wage on campus is the state-mandated rate of $8.44 an hour. The increase goes into effect on January 1, 2018, Barchi said, and applies to all student workers and those on Federal Work Study.

Sign Up for E-News

“Despite our efforts, more than 13,000 of you still must commit many hours each week to working on your campuses to defray the cost of your education,” Barchi said. “”While holding an on-campus job can offer many benefits, we are cognizant of the delicate balance that you must strike between work and your studies.”

Members of RUSAS have spent the last year campaigning for a minimum wage increase. Their most recent efforts are part of the broader contract negotiations underway by several Rutgers faculty unions.

“Today, 13,000 workers received news that they would be receiving a raise to $11 an hour,” wrote RUSAS member Mariah Wood. “$11 an hour that was fought for tirelessly by students who were fed up.”

Yet the increase is a “partial victory,” according to RUSAS, in lieu of a increase to $15 an hour.

“$11 is not a living wage, and don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that this was an act of good will,” Wood added.

Barchi has maintained that he’s handled a precarious balance to offset the cost of tuition as much as possible.

“We run within a 1.2 percent operating margin, for a business that’s about $4.3 billion,” Barchi told students at the October board of governors meeting. “I keep it that way intentionally, I’m not going to raise the operating margin because we’re taking those dollars to keep down tuition.”

Spending outside the operating margin could result in the credit rating being lowered for Rutgers’ debt, meaning higher tuition for students, Barchi said.

“Over the last several years, I am proud that we have been able to keep tuition increases to a minimum while simultaneously strengthening our academic profile,” Barchi wrote in the December 11 email.

Many students had told stories of economic woes faced while trying to attain and education and support their living situation, all while on an $8.44 wage and without the financial support of their family.

They were “fed up not being able to pay rent, skipping meals, not being able to afford medical treatment, spending the hours they should have been studying working,” Wood added.

Daniel Taylor, a senior studying art history, told the board of governors at their October meeting that during college, he’s worked as a research assistant, painter and at dining hall.

Eventually Taylor was pushed off campus after being unable to afford room and board.

“I work because I must, not because I want to,” Taylor said. “With each passing month, my rent was paid later and later as I fell further and further behind. If I worked more hours to make up the different, my grades suffered as I struggled to keep up on assignments.”

Those working at the dining hall have also been ​charged a mandatory $3.50 deduction for meals per shift, activists have stated, which is a significant amount for the average dining hall worker making roughly $12,000 a year.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Of Dull Elections, Pool Waivers and Vandalism

After a historic Township Committee election in 2017 that brought us the first openly gay member of the TC, and then a split vote for mayor in which Vic DeLuca retained his post in a last-minute surprise, 2018 could prove to be the dullest campaign in years.

That’s because incumbents Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich are running unopposed in the upcoming Democratic primary, and no one is ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

April 19, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Three Arrests Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 12

Adult Arrest - Sean Carr, a 30 year old West Orange resident, was arrested on Saturday, April 7, at approximately 10:30 a.m. for attempted auto theft. Officers responded to the Cleanway Car Wash on Irvington Avenue where employees had a subject detained (Carr) who had just tried to steal a vehicle from the car wash. Officers arrested Carr and ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 19, 7:00 PM

Restaurant K at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, South Orange

Hank Zona: An Evening of Spanish Wine & Tapas

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_982bc8344531b1a37c85_par_440

Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_af1b89eae735bf536426_par440_promo

Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Spring Book Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Education Giving Back Other

Meet Kendra Johnson, Montclair's First African-American Superintendent

April 18, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., has been selected as Montclair’s permanent Superintendent of schools after an extensive search, the Montclair Board of Education announced at a special meeting on April 11. She is the district’s first permanent superintendent in three years, and the first African-American superintendent in its 144-year ...

Man Charged With Kidnapping and Assaulting Essex County Victim

NEWARK, NJ – A New York man appeared in federal court last week to face allegations that he assaulted and kidnapped an individual who had a protection order against him, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Rudolf Szoradi, 50, is charged by four-count criminal complaint with kidnapping, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, interstate domestic violence and interstate ...

Atlantic Health Among Six Regional Health Systems Forming Clinical Research Consortium

April 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Seeking to bring clinical trials and innovations in medicine even closer to home, Atlantic Health System, parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center, is now part of a group of six regional health systems that are founding members of a nonprofit clinical research consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium) ...

Summit's Central Church, Willis Mission Fund Award $20,000 Grant to Bridges Outreach

SUMMIT, NJ -- Bridges Outreach has been awarded a $20,000 grant to provide case management services to individuals in Newark who are experiencing homelessness by the The Lena Willis Mission Fund of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit.

The grant will provide seven individuals with access to job readiness, internships, employment and rental assistance and ultimately, independence. Each ...

Two South Orange Residents to Be Honored by Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills

April 19, 2018

South Orange residents Charles Oransky and Fredric Smith will be honored by Temple B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, at a gala celebration commemorating the synagogue’s 170th anniversary, May 10. The evening's theme, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, pays tribute to the temple's past presidents, the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s founding organizers and the ...

South Mountain YMCA Honors Eighth Grader Who Organized Massive Food and Clothes Drive

A trip to Manhattan with the South Mountain YMCA shaped Daniel Goldsmith’s life. “As we headed toward Bryant Park, I saw a homeless man lying under some scaffolding, and I remember he had a sign saying `Please give me money … I am starving.’ ”

The experience moved Goldsmith to action: For his Eagle Scout project, the South Orange Middle School eighth grader ...

Pitch Perfect: Top 10 A Cappella Group Comes to Millburn

Millburn High graduate Samuel Dantowitz is bringing his award-winning a cappella group home for an evening of music. Northeast ICCA Champions, Upper Structure, will be holding a concert Thursday, April 19. Newark Academy's a cappella group LumeNAtion will open the show. The concert will take place in Christ Church at 7 p.m. 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Tickets are $15 adult / $10 ...