By RU Listening? Podcast Team
The RU Listening? podcast is produced by members of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, an academic labor union at Rutgers University. For more information about the podcast and our union, please visit our website (ru-listening.org).
From the Table 11/8/2022: Article 12 Grad Issues
On 11/8/2022 we presented Article 12 of our demands regarding the graduate worker contract, including 1) Increasing graduate worker PhD funded appointment minimums to 5 years; 2) Including graduate fellows in the contract, with equal pay protections and benefits; and 3) COVID extensions for workers whose completion timelines were affected by the pandemic. COVID extensions were broken out into a side letter that was presented. Several speakers worked with our bargaining committee to present personal statements regarding the importance and urgency of our demands. Some of them joined us here. For more information and to read the Article and Side Letter: https://rutgersaaup.org/bargaining-update-15-november-8-2022/
November 17, 2022
From the Table 11/1/2022: Articles 4 & 9
We are back at the table! This session was a small-group session, with our core bargaining team and some member observers attending. In this episode, we check in with some of them on Articles 4 and 9 and the experiences of being back in bargaining. For Paul O'Keefe's great written update and links to the articles in full, visit our website:
November 08, 2022
From the Table 7/19: Article 8, the proposal for Bridge Funds, and check in on the Grad funding extensions
This is the RU Listening Podcast series on bargaining updates, From the Table. This week we talk to Jim Brown and Paul O'Keefe and Andrés Morera about Article 8, the proposal for Bridge Funds, and check in on the Grad funding extensions. To learn more and get involved visit the website Rutgers AAUP-AFT website at https://rutgersaaup.org/
August 05, 2022
From the Table 7/18/22: Article 4 - PTLFC Bargaining Update Fractional Appointments
In this episode we learn about Article 4 demands for fractional appointment status for PTLS with PTLS Howie Swerdloff and Dan Sidorick and then follow up with Karen Thompson, Heather Pierce, and Austin Rooney as well as undergrads Alex Ascencio, Izzy Nuñez, and Edan Blank after bargaining on management's response. To get involved with the next PTLFC bargaining session - sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe__T8yabH49i4WkyIcUfhQbh2vYZwJLS9EMhTKDnRHTtCp3g/viewform
July 22, 2022
From the Table Ep 2: Bargaining Session 7/12 Update on Grad Funding
Are you a Covid impacted-grad running out of funding? Share your experience with management! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join today's bargaining session or call and leave a message at our call-in line at (862) 227-4644. Let us know if you are willing to be included on the podcast. If you think you may have been left off the list of grads in need email the union at email@example.com Our contracts with the university administration expired June 30, 2022. In anticipation of this, we have been at the bargaining table since May, working to secure a new, more equitable contract based on the demands of our members. While we've been posting regular bargaining updates to our website, this is the first of a new series of regular audio/video updates. From the Table is RU-Listening’s dispatch from the bargaining table. In each episode, members will introduce an issue or article we are bringing to the administration in contract negotiations with an update on how the session went.
July 19, 2022
From the Table Ep 1: Bargaining Update
Our contracts with the university administration expired on June 30, 2022. In anticipation of this, we have been at the bargaining table since May, working to secure a new, more equitable contract based on the demands of our members. While we've been posting regular bargaining updates to our website, this is the first of a new series of regular audio/video updates. From the Table is RU-Listening’s dispatch from the bargaining table. Each episode members will introduce an issue or article we are bringing to the administration in contract negotiations with an update on how the session went.
July 01, 2022
Ep. 103. Worker Solidarity in the Grad School Hunger Games
For this special episode, we talk to three grads from the Graduate School of Education. Our guests are facing a situation shared by many around the country: after COVID delayed or derailed their research, the clock is running out on their funding.
June 15, 2022
Ep. 102. Union Myth-Busting: Untangling Fact & Fiction
In this episode, our hosts look at contemporary pop-culture references to unions to see what union myths tell us about how to think about our rights and possibilities as workers. Mich and Ihsan explore how these myths appear in anti-union campaigns tactics from some of the biggest corporate employers and how they affect teachers and university workers. Finally, our hosts consider some of the histories and new realities of the public university and union to ask how we can bust these myths and the union-busting practices behind them to fight for a more dignified work experience for all workers at Rutgers. [Credits: Ru Listening? is produced by: Danyel Ferrari, Ihsan Al-Zouabi, Jade Stepeney, Mich Ling, Heather Pierce, Bridget Purcell, Dylan Simpson & Mi-Hyun Yoon. A special thanks to the RU-AAUP/AFT for their support.]
March 08, 2022
Ep. 101. Who Are We and Where Are We Going?
In this episode, hosts Ihsan Al-Zouabi and Michelle Ling reach out to senior organizer Sherry Wolf and staff organizer Jacob Chaffin to talk about the recent history of the Union, and where we go from here. They also discuss the Coalition of Rutgers Unions and its greater mission beyond the University. This episode was produced by Danyel Ferrari and Jade Stepeny, with funding from the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union. The cover art for this episode was created by Heather Pierce. For more about this episode, including show notes and transcript visit the episode page on our website. Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 10:30AM EST
November 24, 2021