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Meet Your URA Bargaining Team

At the Monday, April 11, 2022 membership meeting, URA members overwhelmingly voted to approve the following members recommended by the Executive Board as the URA Bargaining Team for 2022. 

We have a diverse team that is representative of our geographical locations and has expertise across many departments. Please to support your team as we move into negotiations for a successor contract. 

Team Members are: Christine O’Connell, URA President; Gregory Rusciano, URA Director; Charles Basden, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick; Diana Byrd, School of Business, Camden; Leigh-Anne Cobb, Rutgers Business School, New Brunswick; Ryan Csordas, SAS EOF, New Brunswick; Alexandra Del Collo, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Off Campus; Joshua Eaise, NJ Step, Newark, Off Campus; Justin Esperon, Dining Services, New Brunswick; Josephine Nagle, Rutgers Law School, Newark; Barbara Nowakowski, SAS Division of Life Services, New Brunswick; and Alessandra Sperling, English Writing Program, New Brunswick. 

Alternates are: Barry Bailey, Institutional Planning and Operations, New Brunswick; Isaac Jiménez, SASN, Newark; and Mikaela Maria, School of Nursing, Camden. 

Please join me in congratulating and thanking our Bargaining Team members for their commitment and service to our union!

Convention and legislative conference

On Saturday, April 9, leaders, and members of the URA Executive Board joined our AFTNJ brothers and sisters to hear from legislators and their plans for education priorities at the AFTNJ Convention and Legislative Conference in East Brunswick. 

From left to right: Leigh-Anne Cobb, Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Helen Pirrello, Darlene Smith

Our members spoke to Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Rep. Donald Payne Jr., Rep. Andy Kim, and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, and shared how they can help us with our concerns with funding and assistance for higher education staff. 

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. and Charles Basden

Congratulations to Leigh-Anne Cobb, elected as AFTNJ Secretary, as well as Christine O’Connell and Darlene Smith, who were re-elected as Divisional Vice Presidents for Higher Education.

We will continue to strongly advocate for and elevate staff voices and concerns in New Jersey higher education conversations.

Local Elections Results

The Elections Committee has verified the results from Election Runner online voting for the URA-AFT Officer Election. The following candidates received a majority of votes for the offices/positions they sought: 

PRESIDENT — Christine O’Connell 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT — Lucye Millerand 

SECRETARY — Josephine Nagle 

TREASURER — Justin K. Esperon 

VICE PRESIDENT, CAMDEN — Mikaela Maria 

VICE PRESIDENT, NEWARK — Ginny Caputo 

VICE PRESIDENT, NEW BRUNSWICK / PISCATAWAY — Leigh-Anne Cobb 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, CAMDEN — Diana Byrd

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, NEWARK — Joshua Eaise 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, OFF CAMPUS — No nominees 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, NEW BRUNSWICK — Charles Basden; Jason Jordan; Barbara Nowakowski; Helen F. Pirrello; Kay Schechter