Rutgers: ‘Significant progress’ made regarding contracts as negotiations continue

The university stated that officials are "optimistic" an agreement will be reached on fair contracts for all employees, but there was no time frame on when that might happen.

Matt Trapani

Apr 14, 2023, 9:45 PM

Updated 457 days ago

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Negotiation teams from Rutgers University were back at the New Jersey State House for a fifth day of talks as faculty and staff continue a labor strike.
University officials stated that “significant progress” has been made between the university and faculty unions. But a deal has not yet been reached.
This all comes after another long day of negotiations at the State House Thursday, following talks on Wednesday that went past midnight.
The university stated that officials are "optimistic" an agreement will be reached on fair contracts for all employees, but there was no time frame on when that might happen. Union representatives did not want to comment on the negotiations.
Gov. Phil Murphy summoned both sides to his office immediately after the unions voted to strike on Easter Sunday. The governor says that he wants a deal made as soon as possible.
Democratic state Sen. Andrew Zwicker shared similar sentiments on News 12’s Power & Politics.
“Everyone is concerned. Finals are approaching, the end of the semester is approaching. What nobody wants is to have a negative impact on the educational outcomes of the students. So, coming to resolution as quickly as possible is really key, and I hope they're just about there,” he said.
The unions are keeping on the pressure. Picketers arrived at the State House Friday afternoon to make their voices heard outside while negotiations continued inside.


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