Rutgers Physicians Express Solidarity With Striking University Workers


As 5,000 members of Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union and AAUP-BHSNJ bravely go out on strike this week for the first time in the university’s history, Rutgers CIR members wish to express our deep solidarity with the striking workers. Like CIR physicians and thousands of other Rutgers workers, the striking workers have waited more than half a year for a fair contract with the university. We understand from our own experience at the bargaining table how Rutgers has treated these workers who are at the very center of its operations, and it is extremely upsetting that the university continues to deny fair pay and benefits to the people who are responsible for making it run. From Rutgers’ lecture halls to vital healthcare facilities like University Hospital, as Rutgers workers, we exhaust ourselves every day to fulfill the university’s mission, and we are simply asking for contracts that will allow us to be well and to support ourselves and our families. Our well-being directly affects the education and the health care that New Jersey receives, and we urge Rutgers to finally do the right thing and agree to fair contracts for members of AAUP-AFT, the Adjunct Faculty Union, AAUP-BHSNJ, resident physicians and fellows, and all of its workers now.