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Bargaining Report; Membership Meeting

 


October Bargaining Updates
What Does It Take To Get A Fair Contract?
Tentative Agreements* (TA’s) were reached on two articles.

1. Bereavement Leave: One member spoke at the bargaining session in September; he was denied Bereavement Leave to attend his grandfather’s services because the arrangements for military honors pushed the date back many weeks.  Our T.A. provides up to 90 days to use Bereavement Leave.  The article also states that requests for vacation leave for bereavement will not be unreasonably denied.  (That’s already a protected right, but will assist our members and their managers in handling such situations).

2. Grievance Process: Management proposed eliminating Steps 1 and 2 of our Grievance procedure.  Although Step 1 is informal, unwritten and non‐precedential, URA stewards know it can be the most productive way to sit down with management and really problem‐solve.

The T.A. retains the four steps of the grievance process. First we attempt to resolve the program informally (Step 1). If that does not work, we look for a resolution with the second‐level supervisor of the person who filed the grievance (Step 2). For grievances not resolved within the department, we conduct a hearing with the Office of Labor Relations (Step 3), and the union may elect or go to binding arbitration (Step 4) through the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) to defend members and our contract.

*Tentative Agreement means that neither the union nor management will seek any further changes to this provision. The revised article becomes part of the new contract if and when the new contract is ratified by the membership.

URA also gave management two detailed proposals to improve working conditions.

One, for a new article that would integrate our legal rights to job protection under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), New Jersey Family Leave Act, NJ FLA and  N.J. Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE) with our rights to sick leave and other paid time off. This proposal would put members in all departments under a single, clear set of guidelines, and allow maximum flexibility for members and their families in crisis.

The other would merge existing articles on Layoff (Art. 21) and Seniority (Art. 42) and revise Salary Adjustments (Art. 39) to increase the definitions of the seniority units, increase in‐placement of members who have been laid off and peg salary adjustments to the workweek (35/37.5 or 40) and FLSA overtime status.

More bargaining dates are scheduled on November 7, 14 and 27.

We hope that an accelerated schedule of talks means that management is prepared to talk seriously about salaries, job security and health insurance costs.


The handful of union members at the bargaining table doesn’t mean much without the support of the hundreds of others across the University – including you!

This is what you can do in November:

November 12: Attend URA General Membership Meeting; Busch Campus Center, Room 116. Candidates for URA offices will make statements.

November 14: Join Bargaining Support rallies

Newark Campus 11am – 1 pm Samuels Plaza, Robeson Center Terrace

Cook Campus: 11:30 12:45 pm ASB II, Route 1 South (by Sears)

Sign up a co‐worker as a union member.

This June’s Supreme Court decision Janus V. AFSCME was designed to break union’s bargaining power. Well, URA’s membership is still growing. When you sign up, and sign up a co‐worker, you show management that you care about your future at Rutgers.

Host a building meeting.

Still not sure what’s going on at the table? Not clear what your rights are? Contact the URA office to schedule a lunchtime meeting with your co‐workers to get the latest news and discuss your hyper‐local concerns.

Give your Input: We all want fair pay. Take the Salary Improvement Survey to make your views clear: What does fair mean to you?


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Where Does Rutgers Money Go? Ask Barchi!

Join Us At President Barchi’s Address To The University Senate

Welcome to the Fall Semester at Rutgers. Hopefully you were able to get take a well‐deserved break. Your URA bargaining team has been hard at work this summer and we are scheduled to meet again with management today, September 13. On that note, we are asking that you join us in asking President Barchi “Where does the money go?”  Staff, faculty and students will be asking that and other tough questions on Friday, September 21 at the opening meeting for the University Senate. See this flier for additional information and join us in working towards a fair contract for union workers. Check out our Facebook page here to see our members leafleting on the Newark Campus last week.

Read more here


Bargaining for a Fair Contract: Health Insurance

The law mandating increased health insurance costs has sunset, so the percentage of worker contribution is back on the bargaining table. New Jersey workers pay significantly more, on average, than public workers in other states. Click the video (or go to this link https://youtu.be/vmY0JkO2CB8) to see what your co‐workers are saying.
Join us at the September 17 membership meeting to talk about bargaining for health insurance.

See more here


Upcoming Events

URA General Membership Meeting (video‐conferencing to Newark and Camden Campuses)

September 17 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EDT

Rm. 116 A, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

Video‐conferencing with Newark Campus in Special Collections Rm, 4th Fl., Dana Library and Camden Campus in Rm. 231, Business and Science Bldg.

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Ask President Barchi: “Where does the money go?” at the University Senate Meeting

September 21 @ 12:30 pm — 3:30 pm EDT

College Ave. Student Center, College Avenue Campus

Join Us At President Barchi’s Address To The University Senate

  • Welcome to the Fall Semester at Rutgers. Hopefully you were able to get take a well‐deserved break. Your URA bargaining team has been hard at work this summer and we are scheduled to meet again with management today, September 13. On that note, we are asking that you join us in asking President Barchi “Where does the money go?”  Staff, faculty and students will be asking that and other tough questions on Friday, September 21 at the opening meeting for the University Senate. See this flier for additional information and join us in working towards a fair contract for union workers. Check out our Facebook page here to see our members leafleting on the Newark Campus last week.

Read more here