Category Archives: Benefits

Bargaining 101 and Protecting Your Union

Join your colleagues and sign the petition for a new contract!

The URA-AFT is joining with Rutgers’ other unions to demand negotiations for 20,000 Rutgers employees whose union contracts expire on June 30, 2018. Please join in and sign to call for contract talks now to ensure health care, job security, tuition costs and benefits, pay equity, and the right to representation for all employees.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/old-queens-its-time-to-negotiate-with-our-union

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Recruitment for Feb. 24 Bargaining Training Workshop

Members who want to join the Contract campaign team are invited to take part in our Bargaining Training Workshop. Click here for time and location.  This training will be a prerequisite for the contract bargaining table team.

Topics include:

  • Surveying the Bargaining Landscape: Power Analysis and Mobilizing in 2018
  • Bargaining for the Common Good
  • From Issues to Bargaining Proposals
  • Who is at the Table? What do they do? What else do we do away from the table?
  • Ratifying the Agreement

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URA General Membership Meeting

February 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EST

Live from Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center and video-conferencing with Dana Room, 4th fl., Dana Library, Newark Campus

Special Topics:

  • Bargaining Update
  • Nomination for 2018 AFT Convention, July 13–16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
  • WILD Conference, March 2–3, 2018, East Brunswick, NJ

Upcoming Events

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

February 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EST

Live from Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center and video-conferencing with Dana Room, 4th fl., Dana Library, Newark Campus

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Bargaining Training Workshop

February 24 @ 9:30 am — 2:30 pm EST

Eagleton Institute of Politics/Wood Lawn, Douglass Campus


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.

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What Members Need To Know About Janus v. AFSCME

On February 26, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The plaintiff is asking Court to rule that while his union must negotiate for his pay and benefits, and represent him if his rights are violated, he should not be obliged to pay fair-share or “agency fee” . For over 40 years, individual states have been able to pass laws which permit public workers to opt in or out of union membership, but require them to share in the union’s expenses.   This challenge could end agency fees in all states, and would essentially make the USA a “right-to-work (for less)” nation for all of the public sector. The current Supreme Court is almost certain to side against unions and the decision could come as early as April.

Join your union now at http://www.ura-aft.org/join-the-ura-aft/join-the-union for a strong contract and a fair workplace.

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In Memoriam: Meda Barker

URA-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.

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Recruitment for Feb. 24 Bargaining Training Workshop

Members who want to join the Contract campaign team are invited to take part in our Bargaining Training Workshop. Click here for time and location. This training will be a prerequisite for the contract bargaining table team.

Topics include:

  • Surveying the Bargaining Landscape: Power Analysis and Mobilizing in 2018
  • Bargaining for the Common Good
  • From Issues to Bargaining Proposals
  • Who is at the Table? What do they do? What else do we do away from the table?
  • Ratifying the Agreement

At the close of the workshop, participants will complete a 360o selection process and nominate ourselves and others for the 11-member Bargaining Team, Contract Captains and other roles in the campaign.

RSVP to khopfel@ura-aft.org

If you have further questions, contact Greg Rusciano: grusciano@ura-aft.org

New Year, Same Issues…Now Let’s Get A Contract!

Cornerstone Survey 2018…check your email

Please look for the Cornerstone Survey in your Rutgers e-mail that was sent on 1/12/18. It was sent via Survey Monkey on behalf of URA President Lucye Millerand “lmillerand@ura-aft.org”. Management needs to know what our members think. We are getting great feedback and comments so far. Thank you to everyone who is participating!


The URA-AFT has signed on as a sponsor of the Women’s March on New Jersey 2018 in Morristown. The march will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Morristown Town Hall, 200 South Street, Morristown, NJ.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women since last year’s historic demonstration of resistance through sister marches across the country.  Since that time women have run for office in record numbers, organized, told their stories, listened, and voted. This is the opportunity to again   mobilize women across New Jersey continue working towards equity and justice.

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URA General Membership Meeting

5:30 pm, Monday January 22, 2018

Room 133, Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, Douglass Campus — click here for directions and more information

Agenda Items:

2018 Contract: What do we want? How do we get it?

  • Rutgers Finances
  • Health Insurance on the table again
  • Pay equity
  • Workloads
  • Choosing our Bargaining Team
  • Update on Optum RX

Upcoming Events

Join the Women’s March on NJ 2018 this Saturday, Jan. 20th

January 20 @ 11:00 am — 1:00 pm EST

Morristown Town Hall, Morristown, NJ

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URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

January 22 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EST

Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

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URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

January 31 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EST

Room 4052 West Wing, Rutgers Academic Building-CAC


Update on Optum RX Prescription Transition

The URA is working with the Division of Pensions and Benefits on recent changes that were made to the prescription plan.

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Register Now for LEARN Classes for this Spring Semester

If you are a signed URA member and are interested in attending any of the LEARN programs please contact the URA office at 732–745‑0300 or union@ura-aft.org for scholarship information. LEARN runs certificate programs in Public Sector Labor Relations; Negotiation, Arbitration & Conflict Resolution; and Workplace Investigations. Classes meet NJ Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements (6 hours) and are eligible for Continuing Education Units (0.5 CEUs). Each class is $270.00 and are held during the day, from 9am-4pm at the Labor Education Center, Rutgers University, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Apply for Union Plus Scholarships Now…Deadline is Jan. 31st

Union Plus Scholarships for Union Members and Their Children | Union Plus

This is a great benefit available to our full dues members:

Eligibility

Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.

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