Welcome Back to RU with the URA!

Welcome Back and Lets Get to Work!

Welcome Back to the first e-news of the Fall Semester. You should receive the attached newsletter with tear-off form in campus mail soon.

It’s time to start thinking about our next union contract and discussing how we get a fair contract.  You can return the form via campus mail or by fax to (732) 745‑0400. But it’s even better to also discuss your responses with a steward, at a union meeting and within your own department. Call or email our office with any questions.

Read more here


URA-AFT Workshop: Does Your Job Title Match Your Job

Many of us find that our jobs have moved far away from our original job description. We may not even be doing duties appropriate to our job title.

The URA-AFT contract offers a process for employees to initiate our own reclassification. Learn about the process from a URA steward who has successfully self-initiated reclassification twice, and won salary increases and back pay.

URA Professional Development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed union members only; memberships are available at the door.

Read more here for the workshop dates and times


Upcoming Meetings

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting (with video-conferencing to Newark and Camden)

September 18 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Special Agenda: SAS Realignment

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Busch Campus Lunchtime Meeting

September 21 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Rm. 201, McLaren Center for Ceramic Research Building


URA’s Darlene Smith Honored by National Coalition

Darlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT Executive Vice President, AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit.

Read more here


Public Service Announcement:

Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors

From URA Busch Steward Lisa Scott: 

Tragedy has beset our fellow citizens along the coastline of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. As scenes of devastation are seen across various media platforms, we are calling on you to do your part in assisting those who have lost everything.

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are unable to do the same.  Please support “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors by donating a new pillow and let the hurricane victims rest easier.

Read more here

How’s that Cornerstone thing working out for ya?

URA-AFT steps in with Cornerstone Question & Answer Time.  New Brunswick Executive Board member Heather DeMeo will hold “office hours” on:

Date: Thursday, August 24

Time: 12 noon — 3:30 pm.

Place: Booth Ferris Room Dana Library, first floor.

 RSVP to dgrauer@ura-aft.org

Please let us know when you plan to arrive.  We are using a small room to keep the session focused and interactive.

URA-AFT professional development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed, dues-paying union members.  Membership applications are available at the door. 

SCP Raises — Now What?

1. Your raises are viewable at: https://hrservices.rutgers.edu/meritprogram. If your salary is at or near the maximum of your salary grade, some or all of this amount will come in the form of a lump-sum bonus.  To determine the percentage of your raise follow this simple formula: [amount of your raise] x 100 / [your FY2015-16 annual salary].

2. If you did not receive your SCP evaluation by April 30th AND your raise was less than 2.25%, notify the union office immediately by email (union@ura-aft.org) or phone (732–745-0300).  Provide your name, preferred email address, preferred phone number, department and supervisor name.

3. If you wish to file an appeal, do so within 30 days from the date of when you were notified in writing of the raise. An appeal is only for the reasons outlined in Article 41, Section E of our contract (http://www.ura-aft.org/contracts2018/). To initiate an appeal use the form found here: https://uhr.rutgers.edu/download/2391?file=form_applications/SCPReviewFormifProceduresAreNotFollowed.docx.

4. This was our last scheduled raise until we re-negotiate a new union contract.  Are you ready to stand up for fair raises during our next contract campaign?  If yes, email us back about becoming a contract campaign point person for your department.

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