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 URA‐AFT Administrative Unit Contract are entitled to a day and a half of holidays for each of those days when they work.
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 (URA‐AFT 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.
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.
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.