According to current law, the governor is the employer of record for employees at the nine state colleges and universities. As a result, collective bargaining for colleges and universities currently is conducted in conjunction with other state agencies, terms and conditions of employment often mirror in expectations for work at a state agency.
Colleges and universities are very different entities from state agencies, and terms and conditions of employment of their employees need to be negotiated within the context of the complex national practices relevant to higher education. The current practice whereby college and university labor agreements are forced into patterns that mirror the expectations for work at a state agency does damage to the educational environment for students and the professional environment for employees.
The administrations and boards of trustees of the colleges and universities are in a much better position than a central state office to appreciate the educational and employment needs and conditions of the institutions and to conduct negotiations and implement personnel policies that are fair and appropriate to the nature and mission of the particular college or university.
Each college and university should be able to provide a distinctive educational setting and choice for students, so that New Jerseyans have a diversity of choices from which they can select the institutions that best meets their educational needs.