[by Christine O’Connell, Off Campus Chairperson]
We are proud to announce that off campus Community Assistants/Community Coordinators are finally getting to take the defensive driving class that was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy on Monday, February 25, 2013! This opportunity was originally negotiated for us because we drive from site to site as part of our jobs and put obscene amounts of mileage and wear and tear on our personal vehicles but weren’t allowed to take the defensive driving class on Rutgers time. Our union heard our concerns and with the help of our Health and Safety committee, negotiated with our department head to allow us to have release time to take this very important class. Some benefits to taking this class include how to be better drivers and the option to lower our insurance premiums and/or reduce the points that we may have on our licenses through an additional fee.
Also, because many of us have to travel from all parts of New Jersey in order to take the class in New Brunswick, URA-AFT will reimburse mileage for all those who attend and are full dues paying members. They are also providing lunch for us as an extra incentive to get all who are still thinking about participating to go ahead and register for this class.
So, if you are a Community Assistant or Community Coordinator who works for SNAP-ed or EFNEP throughout the state and are a full dues paying member of URA, please take advantage of this opportunity.
The link to register is:
Choose February 25, 2013 and follow the directions.
This is another benefit of being a full member so if you are interested in joining, please call Christine O’Connell, Off Campus chair, for membership information. Thank you to all those who were instrumental in getting this to fruition! We appreciate your hard work on our behalf!