Rutgers AAUP-AFT has created a petition for all Rutgers University postdoctoral researchers to sign that calls on the Rutgers Administration to honor their original commitment to raise Postdoctoral Associate salary levels to $47,476/year. A 2016 update to the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) proposed by the Obama administration would have raised the eligibility for overtime pay, requiring employers either to track the overtime hours of employees whose salaries fell below a certain threshold or raise salaries to meet that threshold. Rutgers at first announced its intention to raise Postdoctoral Associate salaries but later reneged on that promise, citing a Texas judge’s ruling that prohibited the FLSA update. Of note, many of Rutgers’s peer institutions have still awarded postdocs their raise, regardless of the federal injunction.
Working with Rutgers postdocs, the union has created a petition that every postdoctoral researcher–whether Associate or Fellow–can sign. There is strength in numbers, and without a strong showing, the Administration is unlikely to take action on postdocs’ behalf.
You can sign the petition here.