Rutgers University, union leaders approve tentative agreements after nearly a year of contract negotiations

More than 9,000 Rutgers union members will come together in the coming days and vote on whether or not to accept the new contracts.

Lanette Espy

May 1, 2023, 10:06 AM

Updated 440 days ago

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Rutgers University and its three unions have come to a tentative agreement after nearly a year of contract negotiations and a strike.
In the coming days, more than 9,000 union members will come together and vote on whether to accept the new contracts set to run through 2026. The new agreement includes pay raises and better job security.
“We are a democratic union, and our members will have the final say on whether these TAs are ratified. We’re proud of what we achieved by going on strike and joining together for the Rutgers we and our students deserve. We believe these are strong contracts that make numerous advances for our members. We didn’t win everything we asked for and deserve, but no labor contract ever does. We will continue fighting for a better Rutgers starting the day after we have a ratified contract,” union leaders wrote in a statement.
Gov. Phil Murphy thanked Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, union leaders and Rutgers faculty for reaching the historic agreement.
“As one of the nation’s leading universities, Rutgers has long been a source of pride for our state. Ensuring Rutgers faculty are respected and fairly compensated will result in a better educational experience for students, educators, and staff,” Murphy said in a statement. “Furthermore, resolving these complex concerns through good faith negotiations is a testament that all sides can come together and work through their differences for the common good.”


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