Rutgers resident physicians and fellows, represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), are thrilled to hear that thousands of our fellow Rutgers workers are finalizing a tentative deal with the university after going out on a historic strike last month. The brave members of AAUP-AFT, the Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union, PTFLC-AAUP-AFT and our own faculty members of AAUP-BHSNJ are at the center of Rutgers’ operations, and it is heartening to see them win the fair contract they have fought for so many months to secure.
While this is a huge step forward, thousands of Rutgers workers are still without a contract, including the 1100 resident physicians and fellows who regularly work 80-hour weeks powering essential care facilities like University Hospital in Newark and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. As the costs of rent and groceries continue to climb, we cannot wait any longer for a fair contract to help us better care for ourselves and our loved ones.
This deal affirms what we already knew: That Rutgers is more than capable of agreeing to wages and benefits that support the well-being of the people educating and caring for New Jersey. We will not sit idly by for the university to do the right thing, and like our fellow unions, CIR is planning further action to get the fair contract we need for the benefit of ourselves, our families, and our patients.