Postdocs join union

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    Rutgers University becomes one of a handful of US universities with unionized postdocs.

    Some 350 postdocs at Rutgers University in New Jersey have elected to join the union that already represents more than 5,000 faculty members and graduate employees at the university. The New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission certified the vote late last month and the group will be represented by the Rutgers council of the American Association of University Professors–American Federation of Teachers. Chemistry department postdoc Alan Wan says postdocs' terms of employment, including compensation and benefits, had never been spelled out and were determined by principal investigators.

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    Postdocs join union. Nature 460, 769 (2009) doi:10.1038/nj7256-769c

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