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Deducting Dues is Good News

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Union dues are tax deductible. The IRS Pub. 529 states that “Union dues and expenses” are tax-deductible as unreimbursed employee expenses. Don’t forget to include your dues when itemizing your income tax. You can find the year-end grand total of URA dues paid on the last paycheck of December 2011, listed on the pay stub under “Deductions”.

Rutgers One Coalition busride to Camden BOG Meeting

The Rutgers One Coalition will sponsor buses from Brower Commons on College Avenue. New Brunswick to the Board of Governors’ meeting in Camden. URA members will speak to the Board, while others join the student/faculty/alumni rally outside. Contact the URA office at 732–745-0300 if you wish to get on the agenda to speak, or just want a seat on the bus.

Logistics for Bus to Camden on Wed, Feb 15 for Board of Governors (BOG) meeting in the Camden Campus Center, 324 Penn Street in Camden.

10:30AM Departure from Brower Commons
We will leave at 10:30AM from Brower Commons (145 College Ave in New Brunswick, right across from the student center). Box lunches will be ordered, so we need solid numbers to reserve seats and be able to buy enough food for lunch. First, there will be a rally outside the Campus Center and the BOG meeting starts at 1:30pm.

3:30PM Board the Bus to return to College Ave
We will be back on the bus at 3:30pm for the return trip.

Reserve your seats now—RSVPs are already flowing in, don’t wait until the last minute! Please RSVP by replying to this email cstanford@rutgersaaup.org.

Keep Camden in the Family

The URA’s membership meeting on January 30 unanimously adopted a motion proposed by Camden members to oppose a merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University. URA members from Camden have already gotten active in opposition to the proposal. They will need support from union members across the University to get the message to Old Queens and to Trenton.

The URA Camden campus meeting unanimously called upon the URA Executive Board to join the AAUP-AFT’s call for a consortium (http://www.rutgersaaup.org/Camden%20Merger%20Project.htm), not a merger as a solution to increasing higher education resources for Camden. The Board accepted this recommendation at the February 6 meeting.

The Rutgers One student-labor-alumni coalition also supports the consortium concept.

URA has been participating for several months in a multi-union roundtable on Rutgers-UMDNJ merger,” said Lucye Millerand, URA President. “The Rowan-Rutgers merger is something different. The Barer report ignores what South Jersey would lose if Rutgers leaves Camden: an AAU university, a world-class research library system, an accredited business school, and a law school with a national reputation…the Barer committee wants us to believe these can be duplicated with no new funding.”

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