Adjunct professors at all three Rutgers University campuses are holding a grade-in Wednesday to demand equal pay for equal work.
The part-time lecturers (PTL) will be joined by full-time faculty and graduate students across the Camden, Newark and New Brunswick campuses as they seek $7,250 per course taught, access to health care, job security through long-term contracts and respect, according to the PTLs’ demands.
“It’s unconscionable that this administration, which is hoarding nearly $800 million in unrestricted reserves and just paid itself $5.5 million in ‘incentive’ bonuses, continues to claim it cannot afford to pay adjuncts a fair wage,” said Teresa Politano, president of the PTL chapter of Rutgers AAUP-AFT. “We’re asking Rutgers to put money back into the classroom. We’re asking Rutgers for a fair salary for those who teach more than 30 percent of the classes. Management’s bonus money alone could foot the bill.”
Rutgers University faculty members protesting
Rutgers employs nearly 3,000 part-time lecturers – more than any other Big Ten university – and its ratio of contingent faculty sits at 70 percent. However, the university spends only 0.8 percent of its budget on part-time faculty, the bargaining group points out in a Frequently Asked Questions page.
Wednesday’s grade-in at New Brunswick will take place inside Winants Hall from 1-4pm; Newark’s grade-in will take place at Hill Hall’s first floor from 10am-4pm; and Camden’s grade-in will take place at the Student Center from 1-3pm.