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URA’s Darlene Smith Honored by National Coalition

DSmith-ClaraDayAwardDarlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT  Executive Vice President,  AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.

She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit.  To earn the award she had to:

  • Be a Union Woman member in good standing with National CLUW.
  • Inspire and Educate Women to increase participation within their unions, within CLUW and within the labor movement.
  • Promote and encourage participation in the political and legislative processes of their unions and labor movement to improve employment and job opportunities for women.
  • Seek to promote unionism and encourage unions to be more aggressive in their efforts to bring unorganized women under collective bargaining agreements.
  • Seek to encourage women, through their unions, to recognize and take positive action against job discrimination in hiring, promotion, classification and other aspects of work.
  • Participate or lead in efforts geared toward bringing about social justice for women, working people and the poor.

URA members agree that Darlene checks all those boxes every day.

Clara Day was the first African American woman to serve as an Executive Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Lucye Millerand, URA President

Public Service Announcement: “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors

From URA Busch Steward Lisa Scott:

Tragedy has beset our fellow citizens along the coastline of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.  As scenes of devastation are seen across various media platforms, we are calling on you to do your part in assisting those who have lost everything.

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are unable to do the same.  Please support “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors by donating a new pillow and let the hurricane victims rest easier.

Rutgers Credit Unions on all campuses: New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark, will accept monetary donations.

Pillows will be collected from Sept. 8th through Sept. 22nd. Pillows should be new, in the original packaging or sealed in a plastic bag. They can be dropped off at the following locations throughout Rutgers-New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden, and Newark.

 Drop Off Locations:

  • Livingston Campus
    • Livingston Student Center
    • Livingston Recreation Center
  • Busch Campus
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Busch Student Center
    • Sonny Werblin Recreation Center
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • College Ave Campus
    • College Ave Gym
    • College Ave Student Center
    • Records Hall – Student Accounting Office
    • Fraternity & Sorority Affairs — 84 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ from 9am – 5pm
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • Cook/Douglass Campus
    • Cook Student Center
    • Douglass Student Center
  • URA AFT — 57 Paterson Street, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, NJ from 9am -5pm
  • Newark
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • Camden
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • Piscataway Mayor’s Office - 455 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ
  • Piscataway Senior Center 700 Buena Vista Avenue, Piscataway NJ


Are pillows the only items being collected? Yes, only new pillows are being collected by “Project Pillow”.
Are cash donations being collected? Yes, cash donations will be accepted by all Rutgers Federal Credit Unions

Are volunteers needed? Yes, please contact us via email at, with your full name, contact number, and we will contact you soon!

Please feel free to contact any of the below “Project Pillow” Team Leaders, with additional questions.

  1. Pat Bongiovi
  2. Slloydda Burgess
  3. Pamela Callender
  4. Kimyada O’Neal
  5. Brittany Pryor
  6. Mary Beth Rehrer
  7. Lisa Scott
  8. Dylan Tsague
  9. Tia Williams

Thank you in advance for your support of “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors!

Read more about “Project Pillow” and other relief efforts here.

How’s that Cornerstone thing working out for ya?

URA-AFT steps in with Cornerstone Question & Answer Time.  New Brunswick Executive Board member Heather DeMeo will hold “office hours” on:

Date: Thursday, August 24

Time: 12 noon — 3:30 pm.

Place: Booth Ferris Room Dana Library, first floor.

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Please let us know when you plan to arrive.  We are using a small room to keep the session focused and interactive.

URA-AFT professional development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed, dues-paying union members.  Membership applications are available at the door.