RU Listening?

RU Listening?

The RU Listening? podcast is produced by members of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, an academic labor union at Rutgers University. For more information about the podcast and our union, please visit our website (


July 1, 2022 33 min

Our contracts with the university administration expired on June 30, 2022. In anticipation of this, we have been at the bargaining table since May, working to secure a new, more equitable contract based on the demands of our members. While we've been posting regular bargaining updates to our website, this is the first of a new series of regular audio/video updates.

From the Table is RU-Listening’s dispatch from the bargaining t...

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For this special episode, we talk to three grads from the Graduate School of Education. Our guests are facing a situation shared by many around the country: after COVID delayed or derailed their research, the clock is running out on their funding.

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In this episode, our hosts look at contemporary pop-culture references to unions to see what union myths tell us about how to think about our rights and possibilities as workers. Mich and Ihsan explore how these myths appear in anti-union campaigns tactics from some of the biggest corporate employers and how they affect teachers and university workers. Finally, our hosts consider some of the histories and new realities of the publi...
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In this episode, hosts Ihsan Al-Zouabi and Michelle Ling reach out to senior organizer Sherry Wolf and staff organizer Jacob Chaffin to talk about the recent history of the Union, and where we go from here. They also discuss the Coalition of Rutgers Unions and its greater mission beyond the University. 

This episode was produced by Danyel Ferrari and Jade Stepeny, with funding from the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union. The cover art ...

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