Classes resume at Rutgers following weeklong faculty strike

Some students tell News 12 that the week of uncertainty was odd and that they are glad to get back to the final month of the semester.

Matt Trapani

Apr 18, 2023, 1:13 AM

Updated 460 days ago

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Classes are back in session at Rutgers University after a tentative deal was reached over the weekend to end the faculty and staff strike.
Some students tell News 12 that the week of uncertainty was odd and that they are glad to get back to the final month of the semester.
“It’s been weird, honestly,” says senior Jonathan Samuel.
“They were working hard. I saw them every day. No one stopped fighting,” says junior Sierra Conroy.
Five days of intense negotiations at the State House in Trenton finally yielded a tentative deal early Saturday morning.
“It was not easy, but I tip my cap to all sides,” Gov. Phil Murphy said on News 12’sAsk Gov. Murphy” show. “We had three campuses in class today.”
The governor said the negotiations were difficult but worth it. He says he’s confident the tentative deal will hold.
“We got through it, thank God. And God willing, we go from here,” he said.
The students say that they made the best of it during the week of the strike.
“There were two different sides to it. Like some people were just having fun with it, taking their days off from class and some people were out on the picket line,” says senior Mia Devizio.
“It was also weird because we were unsure of the timeline. But now that it's over and we've kind of seen the results, it's cool to see looking back,” says Samuel.
Murphy says that some issues around Rutgers Medical School still need to be resolved. Negotiations on those points are continuing.


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