Looking at Janus from the Bargaining Table

vector-pop-art-illustration-man-woman-sitting-negotiation-table-top-view-concept-brainstorming-97657386Bargaining with an employer like Rutgers is difficult enough.  With the Janus decision now in play, do not think twice about maintaining your membership with URA-AFT—it is THE thing ensuring that your stable union job will continue to exist as you enjoy it.  Less memberships means less bargaining strength for proposals that we want and need.  Your co‐workers on the URA bargaining team put countless hours of concern, thought and effort into our proposals based on our collective experiences and your feedback.  There are always gains to be made.  But Rutgers is proposing cuts to our benefits and will win more cuts if we are not unified and working TOGETHER AS MEMBERS.  We have faced similar threats before. Remember when Rutgers froze wages?  We weathered those storms (and even Hurricane Sandy) TOGETHER.  As members we decided to help our brothers and sisters after Sandy. We set up a union‐funded vision care program to offset medical costs when Rutgers did not.   We need to solidify and protect our “seat at the table”.

Bargaining Update:  June 2018

The URA bargaining team met with Rutgers management on May 30, June 7 and June 14.   These are some highlights of discussions

 URA has put proposals on the table to:

  • Reimburse personal vehicle damage while on Rutgers business.
  • Offer telecommuting options for URA titles.
  • University closings tied to a state of emergency.
  • Give laid‐off workers priority for new job openings.

Management has proposed to:

  • Stop counting sick days toward overtime.
  • Increase the cost of meals which Dining Services employees MUST pay.
  • Eliminate the non‐hostile work environment article.
  • Change FMLA rules to reduce length of job protection

Agreements:  Just Cause, Non‐Discrimination, Reclassification & Union Reps.

These proposals from management would take away important protections from our workforce. In May, they proposed to extend the probationary period to a year, and eliminate Steps 1 and 2 of the Grievance process.

In July, URA will propose an economic package including Across‐the‐Board, Merit based and Equity raises, as well as relief from the cost of health insurance.

When will we get a raise?  A new contract?  More job security?  It’s up to you.