Unions Seek Amendments In NJ Higher Education Bill

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Labor unions representing faculty, staff, and others who would be affected by a bill to overhaul higher education in New Jersey have asked lawmakers to tweak the measure so that thousands of current employees are protected.

The unions are seeking amendments that ensure collective bargaining rights and contracts, limit the authority of a new Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden governing board, and guarantee no layoffs at University Hospital in Newark by providing financial stability to the money-losing teaching hospital.

A draft of their recommendations was obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

There's no word on which changes, if any, will make it into the 100-page bill before it is voted on by lawmakers. The bill gets its first legislative hearing in the Senate on Thursday. A near-identifical bill is in the Assembly.

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