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AFSCME, Rutgers reach tentative furlough agreement

Union, university say deal will save about 450 jobs

By Nikita Biryukov, June 05 2020 2:51 pm

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Rutgers University have reached a tentative agreement on a furlough program the union said will save roughly 450 jobs, according to an email to members obtained by the New Jersey Globe.

The agreement must still be ratified by union members, AFSCME Local 888 President Daniel Duffy, AFSCME Local 1761 President Joy Willinger and Rutgers Senior Vice President Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Vivian Fernández said.

“As you are aware, we have been working to explore ways in which to collaborate constructively to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on our campus community while avoiding layoffs,” the three said in the email. “The tentative agreement we are announcing today is the result of that hard work and is a credit to what can be accomplished when we focus on our important shared goals.”

Local 888 represents employees in maintenance, dining, housing, facilities, grounds, agricultural, security officers and emergency management. Local 1761 covers clerical, office, laboratory, technical and dispatcher employees.

“We would like to thank the members of the AFSCME negotiating team and the Rutgers negotiating team for their hard work and efforts in reaching this tentative agreement,” they said in the email.

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