Category Archives: COVID-19

Stop Layoffs: Contact Your Legislator

One hundred members of URA have been laid off since June and the threat of more layoffs is still very real. Faculty and staff at the State Colleges and Universities have negotiated a no-layoff pledge in exchange for furlough days and delayed raises. So have the workers at the State executive departments (DOT, Treasury, etc).

Join me and ask your state legislators to stop the layoffs.

Through the month of September, as the NJ Legislature debates the State budget, we will ask our legislators to bring Rutgers to the table to save jobs… and money.

If we lose our jobs, most of us will need rental, heating and even food assistance—from the State. We will have no health insurance— and the cost will fall on the State budget.

Rutgers leadership have been lying to legislators by saying that they were negotiating with us on furloughs. They agreed to meet with the URA once for 45 minutes, ignored our proposal and offered no counter proposal.

By protecting our jobs with a no-layoff agreement, we will also prevent Rutgers from dumping its financial issues onto the State’s balance sheet. It’s simple to contact your State Senator and Assembly persons, and it’s urgent we take action before the budget is passed on September 30.

In solidarity,

Christine O’Connell
URA-AFT, Local #1766

Members Only: Get your mask

We held three mask distribution events on Livingston, Busch and Cook/Douglass Campuses recently.  It was great seeing you all.

If you haven’t already, please fill out this form so we can bring enough supplies for all. We look forward to seeing you at the next one. This is a members only benefit.

We are not currently mailing masks.

Next up: Newark Campus mask distribution will be next Wednesday and Thursday, September 9th and 10th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Samuels Plaza near Dana Library.

To be announced soon: College Avenue.

Governor’s Budget Address

On Tuesday, several Rutgers union leaders attended Gov. Murphy’s budget address. We are scheduling a meeting with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) to provide more clarity on the state appropriations for Rutgers for FY21 and how CARES, GEERS and other funds can be used to support employees and the University.