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Make your Labor Day Celebration Union Made

2012-labor-dayMake your Labor Day celebration Union Made

Want to serve union made beer at your Labor Day picnic?  Getting ready to shop the Labor Day sales?  Labor Day deals are everywhere.  But the best ones both save you money and support fellow union members.

Visit the Buy Union-Made page for discounts on products and services from unionized companies, learn how to get shopping lists of union-made products on your mobile phone, and more.


URA News: Rutgers-UMDNJ Merger: What We Won

Governor Signs Higher Education Merger Bill

with Strong Labor Protections

Now that the Higher Education reorganization bill is law, we can congratulate ourselves on the tremendous work done by labor, students and community members to prevent some terrible ideas from becoming reality.

  • Camden stays in Rutgers; Rutgers stays in Camden

The massive student/labor/community outcry that occurred during the spring did more than prevent the loss of Rutgers-Camden.  The final version of the bill limits the scope of the Rowan-Rutgers Camden joint board to the health sciences, areas where we have positive opportunities for growth and partnership. .

Rutgers-Camden has achieved greater autonomy because the bill specifies that appropriations from the state budget will be sent directly to the campus. Many Camden members are optimistic that the campus has a better outlook for growth now than before the Rut-Ro merger was even proposed.

  • UMDNJ merges with Rutgers in Newark, New Brunswick, forming School of Biomedical and Health Sciences

All of UMDNJ’s schools and units — except University Hospital and the School of Osteopathic Medicine – will be transferred to Rutgers.

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Convention Notes from the Motor City

From July 26 to July 30, URA delegates, selected in March by the membership, attended the American Federation of Teacher’s bi-annual convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.  As stated on the AFT’s convention website, the convention “…included the passage of important policy resolutions, lively speeches, presentations on some of the union’s projects and partnerships, the re-election of the top three leaders, and much more….President Randi Weingarten, secretary-treasurer Lorretta Johnson and executive vice president Francine Lawrence were elected to continue to lead the national union over the next two years.” Besides the election of the AFT leadership “…more than 3,000 delegates also approved a new mission statement for the union and passed a series of resolutions to increase educational and economic opportunity.”

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You’re Invited!!!

Sign-Up Now for our 5th Annual Labor Day Picnic




September 3, 2012

                     1:30–6 pm

Log Cabin, Rutgers Gardens

112 Ryders Lane,New Brunswick, NJ

Rain or shine. Tickets are free to signed union members and up to 3 family members, but you must request your tickets by August 27 at this link.

Enjoy food, music, games, nature, solidarity. Meet your Rutgers-UMDNJ union brothers and sisters.

Register now for LEARN Classes

A division of Rutgers’ Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Labor Education and Research Now (LEARN) offers a wide range of noncredit and continuing education training programs for union members and management representatives, as well as the organizations and professions that are associated with these groups.

If you are interested in attending any of the below LEARN programs for this upcoming Fall semester please contact the URA office at 732–745-0300 or at for scholarship opportunities.

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Register to Vote Now

Are you registered to vote at your current address? If not, register to vote now. Every vote is going to count in the 2012 and 2013 elections.

You can access voter registration information and forms at