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In Memoriam: Meda Barker

MedaBarkerURA-AFT joins the Barker and Greathouse families and the Rutgers community in mourning the loss of Meda Barker.  Meda was an active member who signed up last year as a steward on the Newark campus.  She will be missed by all who knew her.  URA has made a contribution to Equality Utah in her memory.

Meda’s obituary can be found here:

And a picture of Meda at the URA 10th Birthday celebration in December 2017 is on our Facebook page at:

Call for Nomination of Delegates for 2018 AFT Convention

URA’s full-dues members are able to take part in the democratic process at every level of the labor movement by running for office as delegates.  Nominations for delegates to the AFT National Convention will take place at the February 19 General Membership meeting.  All URA delegates are expected to attend all business sessions of the convention and appropriate educational workshops held in conjunction with the event. Travel, accommodations (dual occupancy), and IRS per diem expenses are provided from the URA budget.

AFT National – Our national union is one of the biggest unions in the US, with over 1.7 million members.  The biennial national convention takes place this year from July 13-July 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Voting for all delegates will take place at the March 12 General Membership meeting.  All members in good standing are eligible to be nominated, or to nominate themselves.

Article XII of the URA Constitution states…


Section I. This organization shall maintain affiliation with the following organizations:

The American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Whenever possible, the URA-AFT will send delegates to the AFT convention. Delegates shall be appointed by the Executive Board.

The full text of the Constitution can be found at