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Description

The Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter of the AAUP-AFT, or
the Part-Time Chapter as we usually call it, has been in official existence since 1988 when an overwhelming number of Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers (PTLs) voted to be represented by the AAUP. There are approximately 700 PTLs responsible for as much as 30% of the instruction at Rutgers. PTLs primarily teach undergraduate courses, but they also cover a large number of graduate classes in the professional schools. The Part-Time Chapter is affiliated with the Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters, AAUP-AFT which represents full-time faculty, teaching and graduate assistants, and a small unit of EOF counselors. Organizational by-laws detail the Part-time Chapter's relationship to these other chapters.

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Collective Bargaining Agreements

PTL Professional Development Fund Application Instructions

Grievance Department

 


 

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Benefits

With AAUP representation, the Part-Time Chapter negotiated its first Collective Bargaining Agreement (pdf), which provided annual salary increases, compensation for oversize classes and canceled classes, a grievance procedure, and protection from salary reductions in addition to a statewide minimum salary. Since that first contract three subsequent agreements have been negotiated adding across-the-board salary adjustments each term, service adjustments that increase salary based on length of service and increases to minimum. No salary maximum is in place  leaving departments free to pay PTLs as much as their budgets or the market will allow them. Salaries vary widely: from $3000 to as much as $10,000 or more for a 3-credit course.

PTLs are eligible for Rutgers' Mass Transit Reimbursement Program. This program allows PTLs who submit receipts for mass transit usage to receive reimbursement for the tax on those amounts in their paychecks. Application forms and further information are available from Rutgers Human Resources, 732-445-3020, ext. 683.

The PTLFC-AAUP has also made advances for part-time faculty in the New Jersey Legislature. Together with the NJ AAUP State Conference and the NJ AFT, Rutgers AAUP successfully changed the law to allow part-timers to purchase membership in the NJ State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). At a cost lower than that on the open market, this law gives part-timers access to excellent coverage with low co-pays and no deductibles. Open enrollment for the SHBP is during the month of October or at the time of PERS enrollment and forms are available from Rutgers Human Resources. Go to and scroll down to the bottom of the page, or call 732-445-3020.

New PTL Professional Development Fund

In accordance with the terms of our most recent bargaining agreement, Rutgers will provide a Professional Activities Fund, in the amount of $5,000.00 for Academic Year 05-06, and $5,000.00 for Academic Year 06-07, for use by PTLs in connection with and related to their professional activities at Rutgers. The Fund will be administered by the University’s Research Council.

FORMAT FOR REQUESTS FOR USE OF THE PTL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES FUND:

The request for funding should be in the form of an email to Mrs. Susan English should include the following information:

Name
Department/decanal unit/campus
Amount of funding requested
Semester during which funds will be expended
Project statement, including how the project relates to professional activities at Rutgers (limited to one page)

The office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will collect the applications and forward them to the appropriate Rutgers Research Council committee for evaluation and recommended prioritization.

Requests for funding should be submitted no later than November 1, 2005. Funding decisions will be announced by January 9, 2006.

Funds will be dispersed only to individuals holding a PTL appointment at Rutgers for the semester in which they intend to expend the funds.

 

Join the Part-time Chapter

To join the Part-time Chapter, you must be in at least your second semester of teaching as a PTL (unless you were full-time or a TA/GA the previous semester - then you're eligible immediately). Dues are a nominal .5% (.005) of one's salary (that's $15.00 a term if your salary is $3000 a course) prorated across the paychecks of a term. If you do not join, you still automatically pay a rep fee of 85% of dues to cover the costs of representation. Only members vote or are involved in decision making. Although members are responsible to make major decisions (ratifying the contract, determining job actions, electing officers), the leadership body of the Part-Time Chapter is the Executive Board with representatives from Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick meeting on an irregular basis. Potential Board members are always being sought to increase departmental representation. Contact any of the Board members or call the AAUP office if you have an interest in serving on the Part-time Chapter Executive Board.

 

Part-time Lecturer Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are PTLs in a separate bargaining unit from full-time faculty and TA-GAs?
  2. Why should I join the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter (PTLFC) of the AAUP
        —if I'm only appointed for a semester?
        —if all PTLs are represented anyway?
  3. What concretely do I get?
  4. What do I pay?
  5. How do I join?

1. Why are PTLs in a separate bargaining unit from full-time faculty and TA-GAs?

The AAUP has represented full-time faculty in negotiations at Rutgers since 1970.  TA/GAs were added to the bargaining unit in 1972.  Rutgers is the only place in the country where full-time faculty and TA/GAs are in the same bargaining unit, making Rutgers the largest AAUP chapter in the nation.  Since 1988, when Rutgers' PTLs petitioned for an election and then voted overwhelmingly, the AAUP has also represented part-time faculty at Rutgers in a separate bargaining unit.  The Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters, AAUP-AFT has nearly 5,000 members and maintains a dual identity as a professional association and bargaining agent, enhancing the quality of education at Rutgers by representing member interests and protecting their rights as employees.

 

2. Why should I join the Part-Time Lecturer Faculty Chapter (PTLFC) of the AAUP-AFT
    —if I'm only appointed for a semester?

Although most PTLs are appointed term-to-term, the average stay is eight  years and many of us have been teaching at RU for 20-25 years. One of the reasons we organized ourselves into the PTLFC in the first place was that PTLs received very little recognition of their long committed service. In order to join the PTLFC, a PTL must be in at least the second semester of teaching and he /she then retains membership until three consecutive semesters have passed without teaching.

    —if all PTLs are represented anyway?

The more official members we have, the stronger our organization. The force the union can bring to bear at the bargaining table and at grievances is directly proportional to our numbers.  If membership is low, it gives the false appearance that satisfaction is high.  Though the PTLFC-AAUP-AFT represents you whether you join or not, that representation is much more effective if you join.

 

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3. What concretely do I get?

Joining the union gives you a voice in contract negotiations and organizational policy, as well as a vote in contract ratification and officer elections.  Once your membership application is processed you will receive a packet of materials including our collective bargaining agreement, our organizational by-laws, a list of discounts available, along with other items. You will also begin receiving, Academe, the national AAUP's journal.

 

4. What do I pay?

When you become a member of the PTLFC of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, dues are a nominal .5% (.005) of your salary (that would be $15 a term if your salary is $3,000 per course) deducted over your semester's paychecks — or a little over $1 a check. Even if you do not join, you automatically pay a rep fee of 85% of the .5% dues. This agency shop provision means everyone pays a fair share for representation. Only members are involved in decision making.

 

5. How do I join?

Fill out a membership application form or contact the Part-Time Lecturers Faculty Chapter by phone (732) 445-2278, by fax (732) 445-5485

 

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