Friday, May 7, 2021

Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers (PTLs) Deserve a Safe and Fair Return to Campus!

Sign a petition to end the cutbacks that have devastated students, university employees, their families, and communities throughout New Jersey. 

This petition calls upon President Holloway to put student's education first and adopt a people-centered, humane approach to managing this public health crisis. Over the past year, Rutgers has laid off 20% of its adjunct faculty (Part-Time Lecturers, or PTLs)—roughly 400 of its educators. PTLs teach over 30% of Rutgers classes and are essential to Rutgers’ core mission as a public university. Each semester, they teach tens of thousands of students, and are among the most experienced educators at the university. President Holloway has called Rutgers a “beloved community.” Aren’t its 3,000 part-time lecturers part of this community?

During this unprecedented health crisis, Rutgers should use its institutional wealth to protect its most vulnerable employees—those with the lowest wages, the least job security, and without the employer-subsidized health insurance that Rutgers makes available to other employees. Specifically, the demand is that Rutgers:

⦿ Rehire PTLs who were dismissed, restore course offerings and return class sizes to fall 2019 levels;

⦿ Send out PTL appointment letters in a timely manner so that PTLs can plan their classes and work schedules (June 1 for fall semester; October 1 for spring semester);

⦿ Give full and part-time faculty and staff a significant voice in determining how to safely and fairly return to campus, and provide access to the COVID vaccine for all employees.

Since the start of the pandemic one year ago, Rutgers’ administration has laid off 5 percent of its workforce. Most other public higher education institutions in NJ have agreed to a moratorium on layoffs, and no other institution in the state has had such mass layoffs.

Sign and tell President Holloway that it’s time to put students first, and demonstrate your commitment to quality public education and the health and safety of the entire Rutgers’ community.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

2021 Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller, Yovnello, and Nunn Scholarship Awards

The AFT Local 1904 is very pleased to have awarded fifteen scholarships in 2020! Recipients were acknowledged virtually (via Zoom) at our Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021.

Pictured above, from left to right, with top row preceding the bottom row, are scholarship recipients Sherley Dorcelian (BKMBUW), Andreia Resende (BKMBUW), Trinity Stackhouse (Yovnello), Jane Bastos (Yovnello), Julia Krampah (BKMBUW), Valeria Granados (BKMBUW), Deovionn Gaynor (Yovnello), Abbey McGovern (BKMBUW), Jenny Yeung (Yovnello), Mia Crider (BKMBUW), Megan Akdemir (Yovnello), Sasha Avrutis (BKMBUW), Maggie-Ann Aube (BKMBUW), Rashel Gonzalez (BKMBUW), and Jessica Vasquez (BKMBUW). Recipients are all undergraduate students in various majors, in good academic standing, with strong scholastic aspirations, and who have demonstrated that they would substantively benefit from the support of the scholarship as a resource.

Our heartfelt thanks to members of the 2021 Scholarship Committee: Carmen Reyes-Cuevas, Lisa Williams, Catherine BairdReginald Halaby, and Karen Mingo-Campbell. Also, sincere thanks to All those who provided recipients letters of recommendation for our students, to the Local Office Manager, Deb Corasio, for helping to manage the scholarship applications, and to the Officers of the Local 1904 for supporting the Scholarship Committee's award recommendations.

The BKMBUW Scholarship Fund was originally established in 1997 (followed shortly by establishment of Yovnello and Nunn awards—the Nunn award reserved specifically for students who are single parents). The Scholarship currently honors Catherine A. Becker, James P. Keenen III, Joseph T. Moore, Kenneth H. Brook, Anita E. Uhia, and Connie Waller, all former faculty and active union members who were deeply committed to the principles of collective bargaining and to helping our students who demonstrate a significant economic need. 

Please consider contributing to the fund, including in another's name (loved one, etc.). To give to the Fund, please do so via this link (select “other,” then enter “BKMBUW”) or via the Foundation, earmarked for “BKMBUW."

Congratulations to all fifteen 2021 recipients!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

AFT Professional Staff and Librarians: Good Friday Schedule and How to Enter Your Time

Friday, April 2, 2021, will be a work day for all AFT members. faculty and instructional staff, including Specialists, will teach. Offices will be staffed, and AFT professional staff members and librarians will be given the option to work. AFT professional staff and librarians that work on Friday, April 2 should enter 7 hours of "AFT Holiday Accrued" in Workday. AFT professional staff who ask to take this day off with pay do not need to enter time in Workday.

If an AFT professional staff member or librarian works on Friday, April 2, they will be given Friday, May 28, as a paid day off, or they may receive a paid day off on another date that meets the operational needs of their unit, with the approval of their supervisor. These employees should schedule this day off prior to Wednesday, June 30, 2021 and enter 7 hours of "AFT Holiday Taken" in Workday for the day off. 

If you have previously entered Vacation for Friday, April 2, be sure to remove the hours.

Questions? Contact Workday Support at: or 973-655-5000, Option 3.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

AFT Snowperson Extraordinaire!

Union-strong AFT Snowperson crafted by our Local's very own Office Manager, Deb Corasio! If any of you have created one of your own, please send your photo along and we'll post them here!