Tentative Agreement Reached
I am writing to announce that the URA-AFT bargaining team has arrived at a tentative agreement with management for a 2014-2018 contract. The team negotiated in response to the priorities expressed by our membership in surveys, campus meetings and hundreds of one-to-one conversations. Avoiding another salary freeze was our top priority. The new agreement outlines a series of steps that will prevent a freeze like the one we experienced in 2010. The agreement provides a combination of across-the-board and merit raises over the 4-year period, and a significant boost to our members at the lower end of the salary scale in the first year. The salary provisions will include a retroactive increase going back to fiscal year 2014-2015.
We have also agreed with management on other important improvements to our working conditions, including our grievance procedure, probationary period, acting appointments and professional development. We look forward to discussing the entire agreement with all of our members before the ratification vote on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
Lucye Millerand, President and Contract Committee Chair
URA-AFT bargaining team:
Perry Cole, University Facilities
Heather DeMeo, SAS-Dean’s Office
Janice DiLella, SMLR-Dean’s Office
Theresa O’Neill, Rutgers—Newark, Career Development Center
Dorothy Grauer, Univ. Libraries, Dana Library
Eric Himsel, SAS-Office of Academic Services
Geoffrey Kleid, University Facilities
Lucye Millerand, Univ. Libraries, Alexander Library
Christine O’Connell, SEBS-Cooperative Extension
Gregory Rusciano, URA-AFT Director
Kay Schechter, Univ. Communications & Marketing
Darlene Smith, Rutgers—Newark, PALS
Tracy Swan, Rutgers—Camden, Walter Rand Inst.