Members vote “yes”

ratification graphicMessage to union members from Christine O’Connell, President

Congratulations to our membership for your part in the overwhelming ratification of the fiscal emergency agreement. Each of you played an important role in this ratification, with 74% of our members voting, and with 98% voting yes to ratify. This is the highest voting turnout in the history of our union. From the elections committee, your executive board, and myself, we thank you.

Today, we celebrate our important step together, as URA and as part of the Coalition of Rutgers Unions who represent 20,000 workers. We fought in solidarity, to make gains for all of us, and have now ratified a historic agreement with Rutgers that encompasses multiple unions and our needs.

What comes next?

We will transmit our ratification results to Rutgers and they will transmit the workshare plan to the Department of Labor for approval. Then, Rutgers will compile the lists of those who are eligible for furloughs. We will review their accuracy. Shortly after, we can start requesting our preference for the day of week for furlough days from your departments.

What not to do

DO NOT apply for unemployment yet. More information will come from Rutgers and your union with details on how to apply for unemployment soon. Click here to check if you were a victim of unemployment in the last year.

If you were a victim of identity theft/unemployment fraud please email us at union@ura-aft.org. We are still collecting names of those who were impacted.