The American Association of University Professors Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey (AAUP-BHSNJ), the union representing 1,400 faculty at Rutgers University’s Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), on Tuesday launched a new YouTube ad highlighting the need for AAUP-BHSNJ staff to have a parental leave policy.
“Rutgers health science faculty are the only Rutgers faculty without a parental leave policy,” said AAUP-BHSNJ executive director Diomedes Tsitouras in a statement. “This is just one in a long list of ways AAUP-BHSNJ staff are treated differently – and worse – than everyone else at Rutgers. We should be treated like all other Rutgers faculty.”
In a press release, the organization said the ad features various AAUP-BHSNJ faculty members talking about the hardships that a lack of parental leave policy creates for them. Yarrow Willman-Cole of NJ Citizen Action and the NJ Time To Care Coalition, is also featured in the ad.
We should be treated like all other Rutgers faculty.
According to AAUP-BHSNJ Rutgers, the administration has agreed to a parental leave policy for their non-RBHS faculty. They will not, however, agree to a similar policy with RBHS scientists, clinicians and physicians. In addition to the video ad, AAUP-BHSNJ is encouraging people to sign a petition in support of having a parental leave policy for staff. That petition can be viewed here.
The ad is part of a broader campaign by AAUP-BHSNJ to remedy pay inequities and reform policies that harm students, staff, and patients alike at Rutgers. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the academic medical arm of Rutgers, plays an important role in New Jersey.
AAUP-BHSNJ said that its clinicians take care of some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients in the state and that the faculty teach the next generation of professionals, many of whom stay in state after graduation.