Convention Reports and Fall Planning for the URA

AFT’s 100th Anniversary and Biannual Convention

While the hubbub of college life may have quieted down across the university this summer, URA leaders have been active these past few months as your representatives at various conferences and conventions.  Most recently six URA delegates, including URA Exec. Vice President Darlene Smith; Organizing Committee Chair Ginny Caputo; Newark Lead Steward Carolyn Foote; Off-Campus Concerns Chair Christine O’Connell; College Avenue Campus Lead Steward Kay Schechter; and Exec. Board Member Larry Stromberg braved the summer heat to spend an intensive five days in Minneapolis, MN at the AFT’s 100th Anniversary and Biannual Convention.  The convention ran from Sunday, July 17 to Thursday, August 21 and the delegates gained a lot of insight from participation in the various workshops, divisional and committee meetings that were held; along with being tasked with selecting AFT’s leadership for the new term. Additionally, the URA was honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Organizing Award.

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Several members shared their convention experiences…

Read their reports here

Elections Issue Pledge

From the COPE and Social Justice Committees:

You are probably well aware that election season is here! Setting aside the topic of the presidential candidates for one second — have you thought about the issues at stake? We need to make sure the issues that matter are heard and that voter turnout is high! Click to sign the pledge to call for a comprehensive economic agenda that includes a range issues — from Health Care Access to Earned Sick Days, from Child Care to Immigration Reform — your voice matters!

And don’t forget that the last day in NJ to register to vote in the fall elections is October 18!

Upcoming Meetings

URA General Membership Meeting

September 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Rm. 122, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus


URA General Membership Meeting

October 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Rm. 122, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus


URA General Membership Meeting

November 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Rm. 122, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

LEARN Classes Start Soon…Register Now!

As a division of Rutgers’ Department of Labor Studies and Employment RelationsLabor Education and Research Now (LEARN) offers a wide range of noncredit and continuing education training programs for union members and management representatives, as well as the organizations and professions that are associated with these groups. LEARN students are emerging leaders across the state of New Jersey who want to enhance their personal knowledge and workplace skills. The men and women enrolled in LEARN programs are as diverse as the industries in which they work, including building trades, education, safety, customer service, telecommunications, health care, and government.

If you are a signed URA member and are interested in attending any of the LEARN programs for this upcoming Fall semester please contact the URA office at 732-745-0300 or for scholarship information.

Read more here

Arbitrator Awards $100K + and New Job

She was “laid off” from her job–but it was clear that she was being fired. She filed a grievance immediately, with the help of her steward. Management dragged their feet, so when an arbitrator awarded back pay, pension contributions and tuition remission, the value of the award was well over $100,000. She says: “Union membership is important because the union is an employee’s safety net. There are times when employees are placed in difficult positions and deep down, their gut is telling them that something is wrong. They may not be equipped with the knowledge to resolve their problem and/or may be unsure of what avenues are available to help stop the difficulties. This is where the union plays a role.

University Closing During Inclement Weather

As we head into the throes of winter make sure you are knowledgeable about the rights afforded to you under Article 51 “University Closings” of our contact, which can be found here. County employees should follow the operating status for county facilities, not Rutgers, in regards to university closings. The Rutgers policy on “ATTENDANCE DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS”, also known as policy 60.3.16 can be found at During inclement weather employees should be aware of the University’s Operating Status by checking their campus’ homepage. Also become familiar with Rutgers’ Emergency Action Plan, which can be found at A great way to stay on top of the campus emergency status is to be registered with the Rutgers Emergency Notification System (ENS) which can be done at this link. To our brothers and sisters working through the storm; thank you and work safely!

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