Bargaining Today: Support your URA Team
The URA bargaining team will be negotiating with Rutgers again today. It will be the third session and URA will present six additional proposals pertaining to working conditions and benefits. To date, Rutgers has not provided any proposals or counter proposals. Today will be an indicator of how serious Rutgers is about negotiating with us. This will come in the form of their proposals and their responses to ours. Show solidarity with your bargaining team today by wearing your union button all day. Be sure to seek out your union steward or building representative for a button and to obtain the latest information about negotiations.
Bargaining Team & Contract Committee Profile Series
Want to know more about YOUR URA-AFT Contract Committee? Here are a few profiles of its members:
Title: Senior Administrative Assistant
Department: Office of Academic Services
School: School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Busch Campus
Number of Years at Rutgers: 9 years
Residence Town: Edison
Residence County: Middlesex County
List of Union Activities Involved in: Lead Steward at Busch Campus, Grievance Committee, Executive Board Member, Bargaining Team Member
Why is being a URA-AFT full dues paying member important? Simply put, full dues paying members understand that they have a voice in their employment conditions and that voice is strengthened by high percentages of active, full dues paying members. It is a clear signal to management that we are together in our endeavor to make our lives better every day. Yes, it is a daily struggle to keep what we have and get more of what we want, but to give up that struggle is to not care about yourself or others around you. You are already part of this Union. Your level of activity is up to you. So sign up!
Why should URA AFT members care about this year’s contract negotiations? URA members should care about every contract we negotiate. The terms and conditions of employment we negotiate spell out how business is handled within our membership and it could be greatly different from others who work at the University. We had one of the strongest first contracts the state has ever seen, but there is always room for improvement. Management thinks we don’t want or need anything more than what we have. We beg to differ. Management has used loopholes in many ways to work around goals we negotiated for. By tightening up our contract language, we can better ensure we get what we negotiate for. But remember, we get it much faster with an ACTIVE membership! You don’t all have to be stewards, but you should show support in other ways. Ask your steward how!
Why did you volunteer to be a part of the URA-AFT Contract Committee? As a steward, I have seen the many ways our contract works and where improvements need to be made. I feel my background of a B.A. in Philosophy and Masters of Human Resources Management degrees (both from Rutgers) support the content matter and direction needed to negotiate on behalf of a diverse population of Rutgers employees. I recognize that while no one is obligated to do so, by contributing to an organization of members with common purpose my voice has meaning and for better or worse, it is our legacy.
Need to Contact Eric About an Issue on the Busch Campus OR Have a Question/Thought About the URA AFT Contract: email@example.com or (848)-445-8888.
Name: Dorothy J. Grauer
Title: Library Associate II
Department: Inter-Library Services
Number of Years at Rutgers: 26 years
Residence Town: Trenton
Residence County: Mercer
List of Union Activities Involved in: Vice-President of Newark Campus; URA Executive Board; Organizing Committee; C.O.P.E. Committee; Bargaining Committee
Why is being a URA-AFT full dues paying member important? Being a full dues paying member is important to ensure that each member is treated fairly by the university at all levels. Whether it is securing wages owed to a member or dealing with unreasonable or unsafe work demands, having an active union standing WITH you makes a tremendous difference.
Why should URA AFT members care about this year’s contract negotiations? Everyone comes to work and gives their best to the university every day. In exchange, we all want to be paid fairly, treated fairly and we want to be sure that our benefits are the best that can be obtained – - now and when we retire. None of these things happen automatically. It is ONLY through the efforts of the union during contract negotiations that we obtain these things.
Why did you volunteer to be a part of the URA-AFT Contract Committee? I volunteered to serve on the Contract Committee because it deals with the meat-and-bone issues that truly matter to every member. The Agreement that we negotiate will directly affect the salary, benefits and job protection of every member for years to come.
Need to Contact Dorothy About an Issue on the Newark Campus OR Have a Question/Thought About the URA AFT Contract: firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 353-5902.