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Happy Holidays from the URA — With Added Time Off In Your Union Contract

It’s cold out on the Boardwalk”

As you spend time with family and friends over the winter holidays this year, remember that on December 24, our bargaining unit–but not all of Rutgers workers–will enjoy a paid day off under the terms of Article 51 “University Closings” of our union contract.

This provision was included in our first contract in 2007, and every few years it provides us with an extra day of well‐deserved rest and recreation.  Since then some other groups of employees have obtained this benefit, and others are bargaining for it in this round of negotiations.

The URA office will be closed from December 22 to January 1.  We’ll be back in the New Year to get back to the table for a fair contract with better pay and working conditions.

In Solidarity,
Lucye Millerand

Union‐Made in America Thanksgiving

Before you put together your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, check our list of union‐made in America food and other items that are essential to a traditional family Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of thanks, a big thank you to the Union Label and Service Trades Department (ULSTD), Union Plus and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s resource site, Labor 411, for compiling their extensive catalogs of union‐made products.

Here are some of the best union‐made Thanksgiving eats and cookware from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); Machinists (IAM); United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); and United Steelworkers (USW).
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