Candidate for President: Darlene Smith
A 30‐year RU employee, I, Darlene Smith, have a JD in Law and served over 10‐years as a union activist, I aim to move the URA to the next level as an innovative, diverse, strong member‐focused union. With the URA since its beginning, as Newark Vice‐President, and currently as Executive Vice‐President, as President I will focus on having the URA as a labor union powerhouse and expand the partnerships with other unions and groups at, and outside of, Rutgers; find ways to continue providing resources to our membership while being fiscally responsible; increase the membership; and include programs and tools for our younger workers and retirees. I’ll continue to maintain the trust and respect of my colleagues and fight for their rights. A zealous advocate I have won settlements and grievances for members, and even reversed layoffs. I continue to be at the forefront in gaining labor agreements and increased labor activism at Rutgers; negotiated labor contracts and numerous settlements; chair the URA’s Grievance committee and serve on the Health & Safety, Communications, Legislative, COPE & Social Justice committees. I also serve on the Rutgers Union Coalition, Rutgers One Coalition; a Vice‐President of AFTNJ’s Higher Education committee; chair AFTNJ’s Legal Defense committee; and served on AFTNJ’s Grievance Appeal committee; am a delegate to the Middlesex/Somerset Central Labor Council; serve as State President of CLUW; and active in the NJ AFL‐CIO. I have also completed LEARN’s Union Leadership Academy, Public Sector Labor Relations Program and Employment and Workplace Law Program and encouraged our union activists to enroll in those programs. I helped to introduce new social media platforms for the union; encouraged increased staff representation on university governance boards; and continue to fight for all NJ public employees. I look forward to serving as President of the URA with your support.