Category Archives: Benefits

URA News: Making the Holiday Season Work for You

Your URA Contract Makes Holidays Happier


In 2007, URA was the first union to provide Rutgers‐paid time when the University is closed.


A. For a day or days when the University is officially declared as “Closed” by the President or appropriate Vice‐President, employees shall not be required to charge vacation days, administrative leave, or personal holidays to avoid loss of pay.

This year, the University will be closed on December 24; still, some departments have not gotten the message.  If you are misinformed by your department that you have to charge that day, first show your supervisor Article 48 A. For further assistance, please contact your steward or the URA office immediately.

Our contract provides another holiday benefit for  our county‐based employees.


County‐Based Employees and Winter Break


Some of our county‐based employees will be working on the four floating holidays (Dec. 26–31 this year).  County‐based employees in the URA unit who are assigned to offices which follow a holiday schedule that is different than that set forth in Article 14 “Holidays” section of the URAAFT Administrative Unit Contract are entitled to a day and a half of holidays for each of those days when they work.


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Superstorm Sandy Update

URA and AFTNJ ‘s Hurricane Relief funds have begun to award payments to members who suffered severe storm damage.  You can find the application forms here (URAAFT Sandy Relief Form) and here (AFT Sandy Relief and Info) .  You must be a signed, dues‐paying member to access this member benefit.

Remember to sign and share our on‐line petition  for fairness for Rutgers staff – our safety means as much as the safety of students and faculty.

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 Holiday Shopping Made Easy…UnionPlus Style

Union‐made mobile shopping lists are now just a text away for union members. Just text TOYS, CANDY, BEER, CARS, AIRLINES, HOTELS or PETS to 22555 and Union Plus will send the corresponding union‐made shopping lists right to your mobile device.

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Honoring our Members


URA members have continued to be recognized in recent months for their contributions to labor, the community and to Rutgers.  Two recent recipients are Executive Board member Helen Pirrello and President Lucye Millerand.


On October 26, 2012 Helen Pirrello was a recipient of the Block R Award at the Rutgers “Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards” ceremony, which was held at The Atrium at Life Sciences, Busch Campus.




Lucye Millerand was also honored on December 15, at New Labor’s ‘3rd Annual Gala’, held at the Labor Education Center, Cook Campus.





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URA News: A Bonus and Other Holiday Treats

Tell President Barchi,

Fairness for Rutgers staff affected by Hurricane Sandy


This was the absolute worst treatment of employees during a natural disaster that I have ever seen.”

It is unconscionable that the university LIED to its personnel that the driving ban in New Brunswick did not apply to Rutgers employees.”

This is a crazy policy, and the reassessments which the union is asking for are moderate and fair.”

Read comments, share your thoughts, sign the petition to Pres. Barchi:

Please click here to sign our petition.

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December General Membership Meeting / Holiday Celebration of the Union of Rutgers Administrators

December 10, 2012 5:00- 7:30 pm

The Rutgers Club, 199 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (parking available)


1. Reading of the minutes

2. Recognition of outgoing officers

3. Installation of new officers

4. Eat

5. Drink

6. Be merry: Music, games, etc.

All signed, dues‐paying members are welcome, but you MUST reserve your ticket by 4:00pm Thurs, Dec. 6. RSVP at this link; for questions contact the URA at or call (732) 745‑0300.

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Hurricane Relief Fund for AFT Members


Eligible AFT members affected by the storm should download the forms at this link and submit to the URA for information on obtaining additional assistance or to make donations. Additionally you can go to the AFTNJ’s site here.

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End of the Year Bonus


URA members who are in a URA position as of December 1 and continue to be so on the December 7 pay date will find a nice gift for their wallets….the $750 bonus that was part of the January 10th Salary Freeze Settlement Agreement. This bonus is a lump sum payment and will not increase the base of your salary and should appear as a separate item on your payment stub. If you do not receive the payment, please contact UHR and follow up with the URA at

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