Bargaining Continues for Rutgers Staff: Write Your Legislator Now!
While the budget is under consideration, email your state representatives to ask them to tell Rutgers to bargain a fair contract with Rutgers staff.
Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents full-time faculty at the “Rutgers legacy” units of Rutgers, have negotiated an agreement for 2014-2018.
Some of the key provisions are:
• “Financial emergency” language to supersede the vague “subject to” clause which management used to unilaterally freeze salaries from 2010-2012.
• 8.25% in salary increases and an additional 1% in raises for faculty who receive promotions over the life of the contract. Significant increases to minimum salaries.
• Protection against increases in the co-insurance percentage of health insurance to be paid by the employee once the current Chapter 78 sunsets.
Rutgers staff need and deserve no less than our faculty. ALL URA-AFT members must continue the pressure
Bargaining Status Update:
On Friday, March 20, the URA-AFT bargaining team was at the table with management. Management would prefer to give us the same deal as other staff unions instead of the faculty deal outlined above. Other issues on the table: layoff and seniority protection, Family and Medical Leave protection, health insurance and vision care insurance, clothing allowance, management’s rights and Overtime/Compensatory time.
We return to the bargaining table on April 2. Members make the difference in how strong a contract we bargain. What can you do this week?
Want to Know More About YOUR URA-AFT Contract Committee? Here’s a Few Profiles of its Members
Title: Career Management Specialist
Department: Career Development Center
Number of Years at Rutgers: 13 years
Residence Town: Bloomfield
Residence County: Essex
List of Union Activities Involved in: Secretary on the Executive Board, Steward, Chair of the Elections Committee, and participant on various other committees as needed.
Department: Before becoming URA AFT President I worked for University Libraries
Campus: Now as URA AFT President, I am located at: 57 Paterson Street, 2nd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; but before when I worked for University Libraries I was located on the College Avenue Campus.
Number of Years at Rutgers: 20 – in two shifts; over 35 years
Residence Town: Highland Park
Residence County: Middlesex County
List of Union Activities Involved in: President of Rutgers URA AFT, Secretary of AFTNJ State Federation
Have Our Voices Heard on the Staff Senate
On March 17 VP Fernandez informed us that the University was seeking candidates for the open seven (7) of eighteen (18) staff senator seats. The successful nominees for 2015-2016 will serve 2-year terms and are charged with serving as the principal advisory body to the president. It is important, especially now, for our members to have representation on the senate and we have identified below some of our members who are running and looking for your vote and support.
* Melody Bundy, Training Coordinator, NJ Travel Independence Program-Voorhees Transportation Ctr., School of Planning and Public Policy (Downtown)
*Thomas Calabrese, Area Coordinator, Office of the Dean, Rutgers School of Engineering (Busch)
Middlesex & Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council’s 2015 Scholarship
The Raymond A. Peterson scholarship offers awards between $1,000 to $2,500 for high
school seniors entering any other post-secondary institution.
To be eligible, a student must be the dependent of a signed, dues-paying URA member, with a “B” average in high school.