Category Archives: Elections

Join Us At Our General Membership Meeting and Labor Walks

URA General Membership Meeting

October 15 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EDT

Room 116 ABC, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

Video-conferencing with Newark and Camden Campus

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

Agenda: Nominations of URA Officers and Candidates for AFTNJ Delegate Assembly


COPE 2018 Labor Walks Schedule

URA-AFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ State AFL-CIO Labor Walks again this year. Members who participate will receive a stipend for each Labor Walk they participate in. Each member is encouraged to bring a relative/friend over 18 yrs old with them to participate and they will also receive a stipend. See the below schedule or download it here.


Labor Walk 2018 Schedule for URA-AFT Local #1766 (REVISED 10/9/18)

Saturdays: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and all day 11/6 Election Day 

9:00 am to noon, and Election Day/GOTV – am and pm shifts

SUPER PRIORITY and Priority LABOR WALKS

– URA member stipend — $50/walk & non-member stipend — $25/walk

Read more here

Remember…the last day to register to vote in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 16th. Check to see if you are registered by going to https://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information.html#vrf.


Upcoming Event

URA General Membership Meeting

October 15 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EDT

Rm. 116 A, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

[with Video‐conferencing with Newark and Camden Campus]

Newark Campus Lunchtime Meeting

October 18 @ 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm EDT

Rm. 1123, Rutgers Business School, Newark


University Closure on December 24, 2018

You may have recently received an email from Senior Vice President Fernandez regarding university closure during this upcoming winter that said the following:

Employees in Legacy Rutgers Positions

Employees in legacy Rutgers positions shall not report to work unless otherwise instructed and are not required to charge credited leave time to receive compensation for the day. Employees in legacy Rutgers positions designated as Essential Services personnel, as defined in Policy 60.1.29, may be required to report for work on December 24, 2018 and remain at work that day as set forth in Policy 60.3.19.  

Keep in mind that this benefit for Rutgers staff was first negotiated by the URA-AFT in 2007 and since then it has been extended by policy to others. This is one of the benefits of having a strong union and dedicated membership.


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COPE 2018 Labor Walks Schedule

URA-AFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ State AFLCIO Labor Walks again this year.  Members who participate will receive a stipend for each Labor Walk they participate in.  Each member is encouraged to bring a relative/friend over 18 yrs old with them to participate and they will also receive a stipend.  See the below schedule or download it here.

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Labor Walk 2018 Schedule for URA-AFT Local #1766 (REVISED 10/9/18)

Saturdays:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and all day 11/6 Election Day

9:00 am to noon,  and Election Day/GOTV – am and pm shifts

SUPER PRIORITY and Priority LABOR WALKS – URA member stipend — $50/walk & non-member stipend — $25/walk

NON-PRIORITY LABOR WALKS – URA member stipend — $25/walk & non-member stipend — $25/walk

Saturday:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, all day 11/6.     We are focusing on CD #2, CD #3, CD #7, CD #11

We have a good chance to flip 3 of these districts and we need all the feet on the ground to help this happen on Nov. 6, 2018.

Priority — CD #2 – Walk for Jeff VanDrew

Atlantic/Cape May CLC – 1 Philadelphia Ave, Egg Harbor City (IBT 331)

Southern CLC – Cumberland Cty – 226 High Street, Millville

Southern CLC – Gloucester Cty – 27 S. Broad St, Woodbury

Southern CLC – Salem Cty – 12 Marlton Rd, Woodstown

èSUPER PRIORITY — CD #3 – Walk for Andy Kim

Burlington CLC, 26 High St, Mount Holly (CWA 1036)

Monmouth/Ocean CLC – 3301 Highway 138 East, Wall  (IBEW 400)

èSUPER PRIORITY — CD #7 – Walk for Tom Malinowski

Middlesex/Somerset CLC – 1295 Livingston Ave, North Brunswick (IBEW 456)

Union CLC – 106 South Avenue West, Cranford (SWMIA 22)

PRIORITY — CD #11 – Walk for Mikie Sherrill

Passaic CLC – 1389 Broad Street, Clifton (UFCW 1262)

Northwest CLC — 50 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany (IBEW 102)

Essex/West Hudson CLC – 1576 Springfield Ave, Maplewood (RWDSU 108)

Non-priority districts:  $25 stipend for members and non-members per Sat:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, all day 11/6

Bergen CLC, IBEW 164, 205 Robin Road, Paramus

Hudson CLC, MEBA D‑1, 37 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City

Mercer CLC, IBEW 269, 670 Whitehead Road, Trenton

Southern CLC – Camden Cty — Garden State Pavilion, 2240–15 Rt 70 W, Cherry Hill


Please bring your driver’s license and check in at the location you select for the walk.

Ask for the “turf”, houses assigned, for the candidate you are walking for in the priority districts.

Members can bring up to 3 non-members over the age of 18 to participate and receive stipends.

PLEASE FORWARD EMAILS FROM AFL-CIO to COPE Chair Kay Schechter at kay.schechter@gmail.com along with your name and address so you will be compensated at the end of October and then after Election Day.


Remember…the last day to register to vote in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 16th. Check to see if you are registered by going to https://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information.html#vrf.

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.

Read more here