WHEREAS, the membership and the leadership of the URA-AFT deserve and desire a finalized contract settlement in May of 2019 that is fair and responsive to the needs and recognizes the value of the general membership at Rutgers.
WHEREAS, Rutgers University’s management team has delayed negotiations purposefully, failed to engage in meaningful proposal exchanges over issues deemed of great value to the membership, and has committed multiple unfair labor practices since negotiations began in April 2018.
WHEREAS, at this time we are faced with outside pressures from other unions settling too early on harmful agreements and the remaining unions are in alignment with URA-AFT that fair agreements over medical insurance, FMLA, fair wages and other economics proposals, and union security are priorities. And that these same unions have in some cases authorized a strike or charged their membership with escalation efforts to push management to settle fairly over these major outstanding issues.
THEREFORE, be it resolved, the Executive Board (Board) of the URA-AFT authorizes and will strongly encourage and see through an escalation of membership mobilization effort during the month of April 2019 and long as deemed necessary by the Board or general membership thereafter in support of a fair contract that pushes Rutgers’ management team to agree with its remaining priority proposals on medical insurance, FMLA, fair wages and other economics proposals, union security, job/career advancement and quality, and job security.
THEREFORE, be it resolved, the Executive Board of the URA-AFT charges the bargaining team comprised of voting committee members previously authorized, will hold firm on such proposals when facing managements’ negotiators and will not bring forth a final agreement if and until the will of the general membership has demonstrated its mobilization and escalation efforts to its fullest abilities.
THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Executive Board will train itself, all stewards, building representatives and other workplace leaders on an escalation plan that it will see through to its fullest capacity, effort and resources immediately. The general membership of the URA-AFT will be involved to the fullest extent possible to participate in its own vested outcome of these negotiations and supportive mobilization plan.