Category Archives: Elections

What’s Going On At The Bargaining Table

Fair Contract Now! Video

Rutgers has hundreds of millions in unrestricted reserves that could go to make tuition affordable, pay raises and make the university a better place for everyone. Join URA-AFT and the Coalition of Rutgers Unions in calling for fairness at Rutgers.

Watch URA members and others at Rutgers speak on the importance of Bargaining for a Fair Contract at https://youtu.be/bM4UbmqedfQ.


May Bargaining Update

The URA bargaining team met with Rutgers management for the first three negotiating sessions on April 9, April 24, and May 7. These are some highlights of discussions so far:

URA has put proposals on the table to:

  • Provide equal allowance of Administrative Leave (AL) days when a 10-month position is converted to 12 months. (Article 3)
  • Extend bereavement leave to members who have cared for non-family members at the end of life by serving as health proxies, executors or making final arrangements. Allow bereavement leave at the time that a funeral is held, especially military funerals where the family cannot choose the date. (Article 6)
  • Prevent workplace bullying by clarifying the criteria and procedures for our Non-Hostile Workplace Conference. (Article 27)

Read more here


URA-AFT General Membership Meeting (New Location)

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

May 21 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Room 101, Hickman Hall, Douglass Campus

Agenda: Second Reading and Vote on the Budget

Open to full dues members only. Membership forms available at the door.


Update on OptumRX and the NJ State Health Benefit Plan

Last week the New Jersey Appellate Court ruled that the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) contract for the New Jersey State Health Benefit Plan will have to be rebid. OptumRX is the current plan manager and will continue to administer the health plan while the state decides whether to appeal the Appellate Court decision.

In the meantime please be aware of your right to appeal any denials from OptumRX.

Read more here


Rutgers Day — April 28, 2018

Thanks to all the URA members who made Rutgers Day a record-shattering success. And a special shout-out to the volunteers who not only registered voters at our COPE table, but also kept the crowd engaged while providing civic education. Pictures of the URA activities can be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ura1766.

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Rutgers Day – April 28, 2018

RutgersDay2018Thanks to all the URA members who made Rutgers Day a record-shattering success. And a special shout-out to the volunteers who not only registered voters at our COPE table, but also kept the crowd engaged while providing civic education.  Pictures of the URA activities can be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ura1766.  Also read more on Rutgers Day at https://rutgersday.rutgers.edu/?utm_source=uwide_banner&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=uwide_banner.

For more information on the Committee on Political Education go to http://www.ura-aft.org/about-ura-aft/join-a-committee/political-education/.

Staff Senate Elections 2018 — Cast Your Vote Today!

On March 28th Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernandez informed the University community that voting has begun for selecting staff representatives for University Senate. The successful candidates will be charged with serving as an important advisory and legislative body to the entire community of staff, faculty, students, administrators and alumni to Rutgers’ President and boards. The URA has identified some of our members (and building representatives and stewards) who are running and looking for your vote and support.  You may now vote at the Staff Senate Elections website at https://hrservices.rutgers.edu/vote.   Make sure to get your vote in by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

CAMDEN CAMPUS

Brian K. Everett

Jonathan Lane, MPA (S)

NEWARK CAMPUS

Jeykid Acosta

Lincoln Farquharson

NEW BRUNSWICK CAMPUS

Kathy Dowden

Madinah Elamin

Kathleen Gilbert

Christopher R. Pflaum (B)

Jennifer Simon, CC’06, SMLR’09

Lawrence Stromberg (S)                               

(S) = Steward, (B) = Building Representative

You can read the entire list of candidates and their personal statements at Staff Senator Campaign Statements 2018.  Results of the election will be available at:

http://senate.rutgers.edu/StaffSenatorElectionResults2018.html on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.