March 11, 2015
HPAE members at Rutgers rallied yesterday on the Rutgers Newark campus with other Rutgers’ unions to demand fair contracts. HPAE and the other Rutgers’ unions received strong support from national and state labor leaders, including AFT President Randi Weingarten and New Jersey AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan. In addition, several prominent New Jersey politicians spoke out strongly in behalf of the workers’ struggle for fair contracts with guaranteed, decent wages.
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney called on Rutgers’ administration to bargain in good faith. He said, “I believe it is critical for our state to invest in its higher education system – and that includes investing in the faculty and staff that work passionately in their fields and educate our state’s next generation of leaders.”
Speaking on behalf of the 2500 HPAE members at Rutgers, Local 5094 Co-President Tom Murphy pointed out that “we joined Rutgers after the merger with UMDNJ to create a high-quality academic and healthcare institution. We need a contract with Rutgers that respects the work and qualifications of our professionals and appreciate the support from Senator Sweeney and the labor community.”
The Rutgers’ unions have broad support for their efforts. At the rally, students, community activists, and clergy spoke about the need for fair contracts and stressed the key role of faculty and staff in making Rutgers a great university.