Rutgers faculty hold solidarity food drive

As contract negotiations stall, the union demands better treatment for workers

Faculty members of labor union Rutgers AAUP-AFT are holding a solidarity food drive for graduate workers on the Camden campus culminating on April 4. They will be collecting non-perishable food items and publicly asking campus community members to donate canned goods for graduate employees to the campus food pantry.

The food drive is part of a larger series of actions being taken by the Rutgers AAUP-AFT to demand a fair contract. These actions may potentially culminate in a strike later this month.

Graduate workers at Rutgers have not had a cost-of-living increase since 2013. Factoring in rising food and housing costs, grads have effectively taken a $2,600 pay cut. Grad workers earn $25,969 per year.

Non-perishable food and canned goods can be donated at the following locations on Camden campus through April 4:

  • Campus Center

  • Childhood Studies Department Building

  • Center for Computational and Integrative Biology (CCIB)

  • Digital Media Center in the Johnson Library Building

  • Economics and Psychology Departments in Armitage Hall

  • English and Communications Department Building

  • Fine Arts Building, Second Floor

  • History Department Building

  • Paul Robeson Library

  • Political Science, Public Policy and Administration Department Building

  • Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT, an AFT local at Rutgers University, represents approximately 7,700 faculty and grads across all Rutgers campuses. Founded in 1970, Rutgers AAUP-AFT works to ensure public access to high-quality and affordable higher education in New Jersey.

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