Remind your co‐workers to complete the URA Salary Improvements Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/salryimprovt. Yes, of course, we all want an improved salary. This survey looks at the different types of raises we have proposed, to get specific feedback on member priorities.
URA Elections November 12, 2018
For the 5th time, our union will vote for the following offices:
President — Executive Vice President — Treasurer — Secretary
Campus Vice Presidents: Camden, Newark, New Brunswick
Executive Board members: Camden (1), Newark (1),
Off Campus/Extension (1), New Brunswick (5)
Term of Office is 2019–2021
On Monday, October 15 Nominees will be accepted for the above‐noted positions
If you would like to verify that you are eligible for nomination or have questions please read the URA‐AFT Constitution Article IV “Election of Officers” – type www.ura-aft.org in your browser. On the top bar scroll over “About URA‐AFT” and a drop down memo will appear. Click on “CONSTITUTION” and under Constitution click on “HERE”, scroll down to “ARTICLE IV, ELECTION OF OFFICERS”. If you still have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOMINEES – You must be a signed member in good standing. Remember to make every effort to be present (in‐person) at the nomination meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018; or accept nomination in writing and have acceptance document available at the October 15th meeting. Any eligible member may nominate him/herself or another eligible member. Please refer to URA‐AFT Constitution Article IV, Section III, items “d” and “e”.
Aren’t running for office but would like to help out the day of the election at the polling locations? Please contact email@example.com.
August 2018 Bargaining Update:
On August 13th, the URA bargaining team met with Rutgers management for our 10th meeting.
Management has proposed:
- FY19: No increase
- FY20: .5% Merit Pool with a range of distribution of .25%-.75%
- FY21: No increase
- FY22: .5% Merit Pool with a range of distribution of .25%-.75% Their proposal for TOTAL salary improvements over the next 4 years is 1.0%
- Increases to cost of meals Dining Services MUST pay
- Remove Step 1 and 2 from our Grievance Procedure
- Delete the Non‐Hostile Workplace article from our contract
- Require use of FMLA concurrent with sick time
We have presented our Salary Improvements proposal which includes:
- FY19: Across‐the‐Board Raise with Lump Sum. Same amount for all members
- FY20: Across‐the Board Percentage Raise
- Equity pool to bring members with more than 5 years’ service to midpoint
- Lump‐sum rebate to defray cost of health insurance
- FY21: Across‐the‐Board Percentage Raise
- Merit pool for members who “Meet Standards” (in unit on first business day of the year)
- Lump‐sum rebate to defray cost of health insurance
- FY22: Across‐the‐Board Percentage Raise
- Equity pool to bring members with more than 15 years’ service to top of range
- Merit pool for members who “Meet Standards”
- Lump sum rebate to defray cost of health insurance
Scandals and SNAFUs: Rutgers Needs Accountable Leadership
We’re sending this message mid‐summer because there have been so many scandals and SNAFUs that impact us. We are deeply concerned about the lack of accountable leadership at Rutgers. The high volume of summer communications from faculty to our union office suggests that many of you are equally distressed.
We are very concerned by the sudden resignation of Chancellor Dutta after barely a year in that position. We would like to know the nature of the disagreements about the university’s future between him and President Barchi. In our brief interactions with Chancellor Dutta, it appeared that he was open to working with our union around a number of shared goals to make Rutgers a truly great public university. For instance, he spoke of freezing—and even lowering—undergraduate tuition and fees. However, tuition went up
by 2.3% this year. We want to know, for the benefit of our members and students, what constituted the clash of visions between Chancellor Dutta and President Barchi.
Rutgers Must Stop Huge Payouts to Booted Coaches and Officials, Lawmakers Say
One influential Democrat said Tuesday she’ll call for a Senate hearing unless University President Robert Barchi can give her an explanation for the decisions.
“Rutgers is playing fast and loose with taxpayer money,” Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D‐Bergen, said Tuesday. “Whose money do they think they’re throwing around here?”
August 16 @ 12:15 pm — 1:30 pm EDT
August 22 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT
Report Back from 2018 AFT Convention
As a first time delegate, I am now confidently prepared with examples and tools for meaningful conversations and outreach to our members. By serving on the Labor and the Economy Committee at the convention, I was able to witness first hand the dedication, authenticity and engagement I hope to attain “to continue the work of building membership and crafting a sure future for the union.”
Striking Workers Can Now Get Unemployment Benefits In New Jersey
Verizon workers on strike picket outside the company’s Robbinsville location in August 2016.(Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com )
Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a law allowing striking workers to collect unemployment benefits in New Jersey.
State lawmakers first proposed the legislation two years ago as Verizon workers waged a six‐week strike against the telecommunications giant’s contract demands. About 4,600 of the 40,000 East Coast employees on strike worked in New Jersey.