Is It Safe To Go To Work?

(Though originally posted in URA News on 8/31/2011, this article is still timely in light of our current weather situation. Article 48 of our contract “University Closings” can be found at here.)

(photo of Rt. 18, New Brunswick, from The Home News & Tribune at http://cmsimg.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?NewTbl=1&Site=CN&Date=20110829&Category=MULTIMEDIA02&ArtNo=308290027&Ref=PH&Item=1&Maxw=620&Maxh=465&q=60)

Yet again, Rutgers has put the safety of the staff at the bottom of the list. In light of the hurricane this past weekend Rutgers made the decision (and rightly so) to safeguard the students by delaying move-in day, but non-essential staff still had to come into work on Monday.  We have questioned the prudence of the University’s “Weather Alert-University Open” policy before (URA 1/31/2011 article) and suffice to say, they just don’t get it.

Is this the right way to show you care about your workers?  Unfortunately Rutgers is not alone this time; though under a state-of-emergency State employees were also instructed to go to work, while staying off the roads at the same time (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/top_union_official_blasts_gov.html and  http://www.bluejersey.com/diary/19318/chris-christie-risks-lives-for-politics).

If your building was closed you should not be charged for the day; if you were or had similar weather-related issues because you had to come into work please contact your union steward (http://www.ura-aft.org/ura-stewards).