Category Archives: Elections

Bargaining 101 and Protecting Your Union

Join your colleagues and sign the petition for a new contract!

The URA-AFT is joining with Rutgers’ other unions to demand negotiations for 20,000 Rutgers employees whose union contracts expire on June 30, 2018. Please join in and sign to call for contract talks now to ensure health care, job security, tuition costs and benefits, pay equity, and the right to representation for all employees.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/old-queens-its-time-to-negotiate-with-our-union

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Recruitment for Feb. 24 Bargaining Training Workshop

Members who want to join the Contract campaign team are invited to take part in our Bargaining Training Workshop. Click here for time and location.  This training will be a prerequisite for the contract bargaining table team.

Topics include:

  • Surveying the Bargaining Landscape: Power Analysis and Mobilizing in 2018
  • Bargaining for the Common Good
  • From Issues to Bargaining Proposals
  • Who is at the Table? What do they do? What else do we do away from the table?
  • Ratifying the Agreement

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URA General Membership Meeting

February 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EST

Live from Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center and video-conferencing with Dana Room, 4th fl., Dana Library, Newark Campus

Special Topics:

  • Bargaining Update
  • Nomination for 2018 AFT Convention, July 13–16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
  • WILD Conference, March 2–3, 2018, East Brunswick, NJ

Upcoming Events

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

February 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EST

Live from Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center and video-conferencing with Dana Room, 4th fl., Dana Library, Newark Campus

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Bargaining Training Workshop

February 24 @ 9:30 am — 2:30 pm EST

Eagleton Institute of Politics/Wood Lawn, Douglass Campus


Call for Nomination of Delegates for 2018 AFT Convention

URA’s full-dues members are able to take part in the democratic process at every level of the labor movement by running for office as delegates. Nominations for delegates to the AFT National Convention will take place at the February 19 General Membership meeting. All URA delegates are expected to attend all business sessions of the convention and appropriate educational workshops held in conjunction with the event. Travel, accommodations (dual occupancy), and IRS per diem expenses are provided from the URA budget.

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What Members Need To Know About Janus v. AFSCME

On February 26, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The plaintiff is asking Court to rule that while his union must negotiate for his pay and benefits, and represent him if his rights are violated, he should not be obliged to pay fair-share or “agency fee” . For over 40 years, individual states have been able to pass laws which permit public workers to opt in or out of union membership, but require them to share in the union’s expenses.   This challenge could end agency fees in all states, and would essentially make the USA a “right-to-work (for less)” nation for all of the public sector. The current Supreme Court is almost certain to side against unions and the decision could come as early as April.

Join your union now at http://www.ura-aft.org/join-the-ura-aft/join-the-union for a strong contract and a fair workplace.

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In Memoriam: Meda Barker

URA-AFT joins the Barker and Greathouse families and the Rutgers community in mourning the loss of Meda Barker. Meda was an active member who signed up last year as a steward on the Newark campus. She will be missed by all who knew her. URA has made a contribution to Equality Utah in her memory.

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Call for Nomination of Delegates for 2018 AFT Convention

URA’s full-dues members are able to take part in the democratic process at every level of the labor movement by running for office as delegates.  Nominations for delegates to the AFT National Convention will take place at the February 19 General Membership meeting.  All URA delegates are expected to attend all business sessions of the convention and appropriate educational workshops held in conjunction with the event. Travel, accommodations (dual occupancy), and IRS per diem expenses are provided from the URA budget.

AFT National – Our national union is one of the biggest unions in the US, with over 1.7 million members.  The biennial national convention takes place this year from July 13-July 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Voting for all delegates will take place at the March 12 General Membership meeting.  All members in good standing are eligible to be nominated, or to nominate themselves.

Article XII of the URA Constitution states…

AFFILIATION

Section I. This organization shall maintain affiliation with the following organizations:

The American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Whenever possible, the URA-AFT will send delegates to the AFT convention. Delegates shall be appointed by the Executive Board.

The full text of the Constitution can be found at http://www.ura-aft.org/downloads/ConstitutionFinal1.pdf.

Open the Books Recap and Other Seasonal Events

Five Things We Learned When We Opened Rutgers’ Books

Dear Colleague,

At our Open the Books events on November 9, Howard Bunsis, professor of accounting, used Rutgers’ own audited books and budgets to reveal that faculty and staff continue to generate big profits for the university. This treasure trove of information will be invaluable to all of the nearly 20,000 unionized employees heading into bargaining in early 2018.

Despite repeated requests, Rutgers refused to share its audited 2016–2017 financial reports, therefore data below is based on 2015–2016 numbers. Notably, even private institutions as well as our Big Ten peers post updated data on their websites, while regrettably Rutgers’ financial data remains incomplete, out-of-date and opaque.

Here are Five Things We Learned from Professor Bunsis. You can click here to watch the video of the Open the Books presentation.

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Upcoming Events

URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

December 11 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EST

Room 135–33 Knightsbridge Road, Piscataway

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Camden URA-AFT Holiday Party

December 20 @ 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm EST

West A-B-C, Camden Campus Center, Camden


Celebrating 10 Years, Thank You!

We, the URA-AFT would like to thank all of you — members, staff, supporters, and guests who joined us at our holiday party on Monday, December 4th to celebrate our 10 years of existence as the Union of Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers, Local 1766. We would also like to thank the early afternoon participants of our steward training that was wonderfully led by Don Dileo. Pictures of those and other recent events can be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ura1766.


 Keep Our Labor-Endorsed Candidate on the PERS Board of Trustees, Vote by 1/5/18

NOMINATE CAREY BROWN FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE NJ PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM!

Between now and January 5th, 2018, nominations are open for the State employee representative on the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board of Trustees. Right now, because State Workers have been united in our support of Labor-endorsed candidates, we hold a majority on the Board. We have an opportunity to nominate our Union Brother, Carey Brown for re-election to the PERS Board of Trustees.

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