2022 Contract Campaign

This year, we’re preparing to win Equal Pay For Equal Work, job security, and healthcare coverage for all adjunct faculty at Rutgers.

You can support our efforts by joining a committee meeting. See the “Get Involved” page for more details, and stay tuned for updates on our campaign!

Follow along with our bargaining updates in the News section of our website.

our Campaign Timeline

  • March 2020

    Rutgers moved all in-person classes online, and nearly 1,800 adjunct faculty members spent spring break transitioning their courses online—with no extra compensation.

  • April 2020

    Rutgers announced a hiring freeze on all adjunct faculty for fall 2020, essentially issuing a lay-off notice to 3,000 teachers. Rutgers did not provide a reason for this hiring freeze.

    Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union launched an online petition calling on Rutgers to rescind the hiring freeze, demanding Rutgers give uninsured adjuncts access to Rutgers’s healthcare facilities, and asking for $1,250 compensation for the rapid transition to remote instruction. This petition garnered over 3,500 signatures.

    Rutgers announced a 5-10 percent reduction in athletic coaches’ pay over the course of four months. At least four of Rutgers’s football coaches make over $1,000,000 a year.

  • July 2020

    The Adjunct Faculty Union invited incoming President Jonathan Holloway to a virtual Town Hall. President Holloway states that he would like to “do something about the problem of ‘adjunctification’ at Rutgers.”

  • October 2020

    The New Brunswick Writing Program announced the layoffs of dozens of PTLs. Rutgers lays off a total of 400 PTLs overall. Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway intervened, reinstating 19 adjunct faculty members.

  • November 2020

    Adjunct Faculty Union Board Member Karen Thompson sent an email to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prabhas Moghe, urging him to remind departments that applications for hardware and software related to transitioning to remote teaching would be reimbursed through the Professional Development Fund for adjunct faculty. Dr. Moghe responds that he will, calling reimbursing adjuncts for essential equipment an “important cause.”

  • March 2021

    The Adjunct Faculty Union invited Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prabhas Moghe, to a virtual Town Hall. Adjunct faculty members shared with Dr. Moghe the hardship of late appointment letters. Dr. Moghe promises the university will do better. 

    January 2022 Update: Dozens of adjunct faculty members write the union informing us that they have not received their appointment letters for the spring semester.

  • August 2021

    Our union voted on a vaccine mandate for everyone on Rutgers campuses and in all of its facilities. The university ignored our demands for a vaccine mandate. 

    Rutgers reached out to the adjunct faculty union, and several other Rutgers unions, with a proposal that we extend our contract deadline for two years in exchange for a salary increase of 2.5% per year. This raise amounted to less than the cost of living, even before accounting for levels of record inflation.

  • September 2021

    The Coalition of Rutgers Unions (CRU) initiates negotiations with the university on a contract extension for ALL Rutgers’ unions whose contract expires this summer. The CRU proposed an innovative counteroffer to the university, in which adjunct faculty raises would be aligned in proportion to full-time non-tenure faculty salaries.

  • October 2021

    After ignoring our union’s August vote on a vaccine mandate for everyone at Rutgers, the administration responds to an executive order from President Biden and requires that all university employees be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021.

    University responds to an innovative CRU contract extension proposal that would provide significant raises for PTLs with essentially the same proposal it made in August. Contract extension negotiations stall.

  • November 2021

    The Adjunct Faculty Union held its first “Week of Action,” mobilizing dozens of faculty members across all three Rutgers campuses for a teach-in. PTLs spent 5 minutes at the beginning of each class educating and building solidarity with their students around adjunct labor conditions and how these affect their students’ education. 

    Adjunct Faculty members stood with Rutgers-Camden campus after their Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard Marchitello, was unjustly fired for speaking out against the underfunding of the Camden campus and chronic pay inequities among full-time faculty. The Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union condemned this retaliatory layoff and the ongoing disinvestment in our Camden colleagues and students.

  • December 2021

    The Adjunct Faculty Union Executive Board sent an email to EVPAA Dr. Moghe, alerting him to the compensation other public universities are paying to adjunct faculty for teaching under hardship during the pandemic. This list includes California State University, which compensated every part-time faculty member $3,500.

  • January 2022

    Dr. Moghe responded by saying that he added money to the PDF fund, provided long-serving adjunct faculty with jobs,* and will soon announce an adjunct faculty teaching award—one with no compensation attached. 

    *This is untrue. This is in the 2018-2022 adjunct faculty contract.

  • February 2022

    On February 23, the Adjunct Faculty Union launched its card campaign to merge with the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents full-time faculty, graduate workers, postdoctoral associates, and counselors, as well as AAUP-BHSNJ, which represents Biomedical and Health Sciences faculty. The campaign seeks to form ONE FACULTY UNION, increasing faculty power at the bargaining table. See merger FAQ here.

  • March 2022

    On March 25, 2022 the Rutgers University Senate passed with overwhelming support a resolution to recommend the following for PTLs: equal pay for equal work, full-time status, job security, and health benefits. The resolution passed by acclamation, which means there were no questions or objections.

  • May 2022

    May 17, 2022, the Full-Time/Grad Union (Rutgers AAUP-AFT) opened it’s first virtual bargaining session with administration. A large group of PTL colleagues were in attendance. Among the opening proposals presented in this session was the demand for the merger campaign to be recognized and for the Adjunct Faculty Union, BHSNJ, and AAUP-AFT become one bargaining unit.

    On May 18, 2022, union presidents Amy Higer (Rutgers PTLFC) and Becky Givan (Rutgers AAUP-AFT) presented merger cards to President Holloway’s office. The merger card campaign ended with a majority of PTLs signing in support of a merger with the Full-time/Grad union.

  • June 2022

    The first bargaining session for our new contract took place on Monday, June 13. The summary of open bargaining proposals can be found here.

    A special joint bargaining session devoted to the #OneFaculty merger campaign was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Read the takeaways from that session here.

  • July 2022

    Our third bargaining session took place on Monday, July 18, 2022. Our bargaining team devoted this session to powerful presentations on Article 4 (“Salary”) which showcased our plan for Equal Pay for Equal Work. Read the bargaining summary here and the special podcast episode on the session here.

  • November 11, 2022

    After months of delay and emails arguing the limitations on bargaining participant size, Rutgers management provided our union with bargaining dates, including a closed session on November 11. However, just days before the session, management’s negotiating team abruptly changed the date and pushed bargaining back to November 17. We have a small bargaining session planned for Friday, 11/17 and a large session scheduled for Monday, 11/21.