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Activites at Rutgers University may halt
if two major university unions strike
By Marques Harper
BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Imagine
waking up one morning to find the din-
ing halls and post offices shut down
indefinitely. Picture your classrooms
empty as you are given the duties of
cleaning your residence hall bathroom.
You're not in the "Twilight Zone, but
N the latest victim of strained relations
'between the faculty and staff unions
and the administration, which have
been brewing since the days of univer-
sity President Edward Bloustein in late
This strike scenario - an idea
milling around campus since the start of
the semester - is not a passing fad
sweeping through the university's
streets, but a definite reality, union
"It's not impossible that it might hap-
pen. I don't think that's an issue with
(the administration);' Mattie Gillus,
president of the American Federation of
State, County and Municipal
Employees of Local 888, said.
"We're really trying to work some-
thing out. We're going to have to do
something. It'll be our last resource,"
Gillus said. Local 888 represents blue-
collar employees at the university, while
Local 1671 is the organization of cleri-
cal, secretarial and technical workers.
The faculty and staff have been
working without a contract since June
It's been nearly a decade since the
university's first union strike, and now
union members said they are hoping
that they won't have to resort to picket-
ing again to settle contract disputes with university during the last strike.
the administration. If job action happened,
During 1987's nine-day strike, stu- Hartley, president of Local 176
dents were served bagels and donuts for the postal offices throughout 1
breakfast and soup and sandwiches for versity would be closed until th(
lunch and dinner under dining manage- ended.
ment. But Richard Norman, vice p
Gillus said during the 1987 strike she for administration, said a strik
called local food suppliers who deliv- be illegal for professors and fac
ered food to the university's dining halls "The university as part of its
to ask their unions not to cross the pick- planning process has anticipa
This left dining
to pick up food
lines, she said.
tion) can proba-
bly cook an
omelet, but I
don't think they
can clean a toilet.
numbers of situations," includin
"I hope and pray
sees the light5"
President of Local 1761
was not an
employee of the
job action was
taken in the
N o r m a n
about the uni-
but said the
The administration and AFSCME
had their last mediation session on
Sept. 20 and talks have since moved
into the fact-finding stage, officials
Christine Mowry, assistant vice pres-
ident and director of employee rela-
tions, said the administration has
received a list of possible fact finders
and has been working in order to get
contract talks with the unions moving
A fact-finder will be appointed and a
meeting will be set for sometime in the
future depending on the availability of
the fact-finder, Mowry said.
Fact-finding between the administra-
tion and the unions could go on for
months, Hartley said.
In the January 1987 strike - the
first of its kind in university history -
lasted nine days involving both Locals
888 and 1761. However, the Rutgers
chapter of the American Association of
university Professors honored their
picket line, but continued to hold
classes on campus.
"If everyone participated, it would
tie up the university completely,"
Gillus said. "I don't see why (the
administration) want us to do this."
Hartley agreed, saying that the uni-
versity would be limping if a strike
plans carried through.
"I feel terrible. Nobody wants to
strike," Hartley said. "I hope and pray
that (President Francis) Lawrence sees
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If the students
would they serve?" Gillus said. "I real-
ly don't want to do this."
Charles Sams, director of dining ser-
vices, and Michael Imperiale, director
of university housing, could not be
reached yesterday for comment.
But during a one-day job action by
the unions in March 1990, officials for
dining services geared for a longer
strike situation by replacing popular
dishes on the menu and substituting
Styrofoam in place of real dishes.
Housing administrators had to pick
up trash and garbage throughout the
prepared for any job action.
Much like in 1987, students and fac-
ulty opinion has varied, and some pro-
fessors in the faculty union said they
will not be involved in any job action.
However, the three unions have ral-
lied some support of faculty and stu-
dents over the past year as talks of a
pending strike have faded in recent
Now with the 10th anniversary of the
unions'job action in the horizon, Gillus
said striking would be a last-ditch
effort - but one the unions are prepping
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