Lessons Learned in the Rutgers University Strike

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Rhiannon M. Maton


In mid-April 2023, thousands of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty and graduate student workers at Rutgers University staged an historic five-day strike at campuses across New Jersey. It was the first strike among academic workers in the school’s 257-year history, and three locals of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) stood together on the picket line and in negotiations to achieve significantly improved contracts for Rutgers academic workers overall. One year later, Rutgers rank-and-file members and union leaders identify six lessons learned from their experiences preparing for, and engaging in, the 2023 Rutgers academic worker strike. 

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Rhiannon M. Maton, State University of New York College at Cortland

Rhiannon Maton, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Social Advocacy at State University of New York at Cortland. Her research focuses on how educators and schools can better support students facing systemic social and economic marginalization, including through union organizing and grassroots mobilization. Maton co-edits Routledge's "Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Teachers' Work" book series, and has published her research in a range of books and journals, including Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Educational Change, Critical Education, and Gender, Work and Organization.