What The Flex? URA-AFT Staff Toolkit

The roll out of Rutgers Management’s FlexWork@RU initiative is a mess.
Management has not negotiated this policy with the affected unions and so what’s supposed to be a “flexible work arrangement” is more accurately, a top-down directive on our work arrangements for the next year. Across Rutgers University staff are seeing Management not even follow the conditions of its own program. What the Flex!?


Use this What the Flex? URA-AFT Staff Toolkit to help you navigate this pilot program, learn about the process and all the options you have to ensure your voice is heard when making decisions about “flexible work arrangements.”

Mental Health First Aid and Wellness


Stress … Grief … Fear … “The New Normal” … are all around us. 

URA-AFT invites you to Mental Health First Aid and Wellness with Mr. Leven Chuck Wilson, MSW, DHL, Assistant Director, AFT Health Issues.

Skills for staff to nourish our own mental wellness at work, and support others to do the same. 

July 26 – Newark, Room 020, CLJ Building 
July 27 – New Brunswick,  Room 115, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

12:00- 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. 

RSVP by July 22, to khopfel@ura-aft.org 

Union release time is available for URA building reps and stewards. 

In order to provide better mental health and wellness support for our members, URA is looking to build our own Mental Health First Aid team.  If you are willing to commit to this, with ongoing training and a commitment to assist at least two members who may be referred to you , contact lmillerand@ura-aft.org  Release time can be provided for those volunteers.  For more health supplements that can boost your life, read here about some of the Natural alternatives to adderall.

If you are primarily interested in learning for your own wellness, you will need to use your own time.  We promise it will be a great mental health day.

Reproductive Rights = Worker Rights

URA-AFT supports reproductive choice and stands with people seeking access to abortion and related health care. Workers must have the right to make the profoundly personal choice of whether and when to bear children. The overturning of Roe vs. Wade is dangerous and directly impacts the right to privacy of our members. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization court opinions put at risk privacy-enshrined rights to contraception, interracial marriage and same-sex marriage. 

We stand in solidarity in the fight for reproductive justice and join fellow unions calling on legislators to take immediate steps to codify the federal right to abortion. We call on our U.S. Senators to protect reproductive rights and due process of law by ending the Senate filibuster rule. This crucial action can help end minority rule in the United States and open the door to government of, by and for the people. 

As state and federal governments enact laws that attack working people, URA-AFT will continue to fight for the issues which impact our members and the communities in which we live.

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