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Tackling pay inequity, new Rutgers faculty contract could become a national template

Catherine Carrera | April 21, 2019 | North Jersey Record |


The tentative contract agreement reached last week by Rutgers University and its faculty union could trigger ripples of change in future bargaining agreements at colleges across the country.

Not only could it set a precedent for the 17 other labor unions at the university currently in contract negotiations, but it could become a new national standard, a university labor relations expert said.

Unions at higher education institutions from New York to New Mexico shared statements in support of Rutgers AAUP-AFT in the lead-up to its final bargaining session this week, which resulted in a new deal that would incorporate the union’s demands on pay equity and diversity.

“Universities have paid lip service to these priorities for a long time, but they haven’t really lived up to the rhetoric,” said Rebecca Givan, an associate professor of labor studies at Rutgers. “I think some of the contract provisions will become a model nationwide.”


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