Category Archives: Dues

URA Officer Elections: 2019–2021 Term

For the fifth time, our union will elect: President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Campus Vice Presidents: Camden (1), Newark (1), New Brunswick(1)
Executive Board members: Camden (1), Newark (1), Off Campus/Extension (1), New Brunswick (5)

Term of Office: 2019–2021

Important Dates:

  • October 15, 5:30 PM. Nominations take place at General Membership Meeting, Rm. 116 A, Busch Student Center.
  • November 30, Election Day

If you would like to verify that you are eligible for nomination or have questions, please read the URAAFT Constitution Article IV “Election of Officers”. If you still have questions please contact elections@ura-aft.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 15 meeting. Any eligible member may nominate him/herself or another eligible member. Please refer to URAAFT Constitution Article IV, Section III, items “d” and “e”.

Not Running? Could you help out the day of the election at the polling locations? Please contact elections@ura-aft.org.


Other URA Nominations Taking Place…

At the October 15 Membership Meeting, we will also nominate candidates for 10 delegate seats who will represent URA at the AFT New Jersey (“AFTNJ”) Delegate Assembly. AFTNJ is our union’s state‐wide federation, uniting 30,000 members from PreK‐12 schools and higher education institutions across the state. AFTNJ delegates convene four times a year to manage the affairs of the organization, debate policy and promote educational excellence and access.

Many of these meetings take place on the Rutgers‐New Brunswick campus. Each spring, AFTNJ hosts either a Legislative conference or the biennial Convention, or both. AFTNJ is our voice for legislative, policy and professional issues as they relate to administrative and professional staff in higher education.

We Bargain for Members and Advocate for Unions

What the Janus Decision Means To The URA

The U.S. Supreme Court just punched us in the gut. Just when URA – and 17,000 other Rutgers workers are negotiating for new contracts, the Supreme Court decided today to abolish the 40‐year old system of “fair‐share” fees, in a case called Janus v. AFSCME.

From now on, as a union member, you’ll be covering the cost of maintaining a strong union… but your co‐workers who are not full members can ride for free.

What will they get for free?

Read more here


Looking at Janus from the Bargaining Table

Bargaining with an employer like Rutgers is difficult enough. With the Janus decision now in play, do not think twice about maintaining your membership with URA-AFT—it is THE thing ensuring that your stable union job will continue to exist as you enjoy it. Less memberships means less bargaining strength for proposals that we want and need. Your co‐workers on the URA bargaining team put countless hours of concern, thought and effort into our proposals based on our collective experiences and your feedback. There are always gains to be made. But Rutgers is proposing cuts to our benefits and will win more cuts if we are not unified and working TOGETHER AS MEMBERS. We have faced similar threats before. Remember when Rutgers froze wages?  We weathered those storms (and even Hurricane Sandy) TOGETHER. As members we decided to help our brothers and sisters after Sandy. We set up a union‐funded vision care program to offset medical costs when Rutgers did not.  We need to solidify and protect our “seat at the table”.

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Oppose Austerity Budgets!

From the Better Choices Budget Coalition:

Legislators have massively let down working families across the state. They voted to continue Chris Christie austerity’s gimmicks and balance a budget on the backs of working families.

One can only wonder why Democrats would opt to protect millionaires while cutting an additional $75M from public transportation, $95M cut from Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, or even eliminating the long overdue increases in gun licensing fees. One thing is for certain, regardless of whether it was driven by malicious desire or misinformation, the reality is that they failed us!

Make no mistake, this is NOT a balanced, fair, and sustainable budget. Email your legislators to take action today!


Remembering Carolyn Foote

A founding member of the Union of Rutgers Administrators‐AFT union at Rutgers University, Carolyn Foote died Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Newark, New Jersey. Hundreds of family members, colleagues from Rutgers, the union and community gathered the following Friday to celebrate the impact of her too brief 67 years.

Family members told stories about her role as a matriarch and positive influence on their lives. URAAFT Executive Vice President Darlene Smith talked about her travels with Foote to union conferences and conventions.

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