One hundred members of URA have been laid off since June and the threat of more layoffs is still very real. Faculty and staff at the State Colleges and Universities have negotiated a no-layoff pledge in exchange for furlough days and delayed raises. So have the workers at the State executive departments (DOT, Treasury, etc).
Through the month of September, as the NJ Legislature debates the State budget, we will ask our legislators to bring Rutgers to the table to save jobs… and money.
If we lose our jobs, most of us will need rental, heating and even food assistance—from the State. We will have no health insurance— and the cost will fall on the State budget.
Rutgers leadership have been lying to legislators by saying that they were negotiating with us on furloughs. They agreed to meet with the URA once for 45 minutes, ignored our proposal and offered no counter proposal.
By protecting our jobs with a no-layoff agreement, we will also prevent Rutgers from dumping its financial issues onto the State’s balance sheet. It’s simple to contact your State Senator and Assembly persons, and it’s urgent we take action before the budget is passed on September 30.
URA-AFT, Local #1766