URA News: Getting Properly Compensated

Contract Education:

The URA is committed to ensuring that our membership is well-versed in our contract and our rights.  To that end we are rolling out a series of Contract Education articles to help you understand the importance of our contract; how the various articles are beneficial to you, and when and how they are applicable.

Does Rutgers owe you for uncompensated overtime?

The URA contract (Article 27) and Rutgers policy (60.3.14) are clear.

  • Employees in “non-exempt” job titles must be compensated at time-and-a-half for all hours worked beyond their regular workweek (the regular workweek is 37.5 hours for most, 40 for a small number of cases).
  • Paid time off, such as vacation, AL, sick days or compensatory time, count toward the total hours worked.
  • Overtime can be given as compensatory time off or as pay, but after 240 hours (180 hours worked), it must be paid.  Compensatory time cannot be lost, but must be used or paid out.

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Members Speak:

David Sokolowski on Fair Compensation


URA-AFT member David Sokolowski talks about fairness, respect, and overtime/call-back compensation.

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Update on Superstorm Sandy Meeting

On March 11 the Daily Targum ran a Rutgers One ad addressing the concerns about Superstorm Sandy and how Rutgers employees were treated.  The below is a follow-up to the meeting that was requested:

URA leaders met at Old Queens with VP Edwards and VP Stubaus on March 19.  President Lucye Millerand, Treasurer Lisa Scott and Health & Safety Chair Joyce Sagi presented the concerns of members affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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Social Justice Committee Endorses

You may have received notice of the Labor Fightback Conference scheduled for May 10–12, 2013 here in New Brunswick. This national conference will bring together union members from across the nation to talk about ways we can work together to fight back the destruction workers’ rights happening in every state in the U.S. The URA Social Justice Committee supports the Conference and encourages all interested URA members to attend the event, meet union members from around the country, and explore opportunities and challenges facing labor unions in the 21st Century.

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General Membership Meeting

(open to full-dues members only; membership forms available at the door)

When: Mon., April 8, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Video-conferencing from 3 campuses,

**Camden: Armitage Hall, Dean’s Conference Room.

**Newark: Special Collections Room, Dana Library, Fourth Floor.

**New Brunswick: Labor Education Center, Room 133.

Agenda: First reading of proposed budget for FY 2013–2014.


URA Logo Contest

The URA is seeking a new logo, and where better to look for a designer than among our very own talented and diverse members?  If you are interested and think you have a winning idea, please give it a shot and submit your design by May 1, 2013.  The winner will receive a $500 award.

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Union Scholarship Opportunity for High School Students

The Raymond A. Peterson Scholarship will be presented to award recipients on April 28, 2013 at the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Annual Awards Brunch.  This scholarship opportunity is available a student who is, or whose parent/guardian is, a member in good standing in a local union affiliated with the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council.  Full dues membership in the URA-AFT meet this requirement.

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