Category Archives: Health & Safety

Rutgers Staff—Orphans of the Storm?

Old Queens’ decision to ignore the dangerous weather conditions on Thursday, January 4, 2018 represents a return to the dangerous, irresponsible attitude to staff safety that we saw during Superstorm Sandy. As schools and State offices delayed openings and then closed, and one county actually banned travel on county roads, Rutgers Administration opened for normal operation on Thursday morning.

The fact that very few classes were in session (Winter Session only), and few students and faculty were on campus means that the effect of this decision was almost entirely upon the staff. When Old Queens reacted to a similar weather event by closing the University on January 3, 2014 it seemed that a lesson had been learned. Now, it seems staff safety has again been forgotten for the sake of a few thousand dollars of overtime pay.

URA members should be aware of the following:

The URA‐Rutgers Agreement protects your right to use your accrued personal or vacation time if you either arrive late or leave early on a day when classes are cancelled on your campus. (Winter Session classes were cancelled at 2 pm on 1/4/18).

The Agreement also ties attendance for County office employees to the county in which they work. For example, Atlantic County employees should not report to work if the County closes its offices.

If you used your vacation or personal time for part of the day yesterday, no personal time should be charged for any hours you would normally have worked after the 2 pm closing was declared. (e.g., if you work 8:00–4:00 you record 2 hours of O, but if your schedule takes you to 5:30, then 3.5 hours should be recorded as O.

Our first contract in 2007 gave us the right to use our vacation time in inclement weather without fear of denial. Our campaign against the University’s indifference to staff safety during Superstorm Sandy gave us years of prudent application of weather policy. As we go into bargaining our next contract, this is an item which will be back on the table.

Work Shouldn’t Hurt! Anti‐Bullying Workshop

WorkShouldntHurtShirtA special workshop presented by the Rutgers Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) for the Union of Rutgers Administrators / AFT Local 1766.

Bullying in the workplace can have devastating effects on both organizations and individuals.  In this workshop, we will learn how to identify bullying behavior and the structures that allow it to continue.  We will discuss the impact workplace bullying has on our lives, and consider strategies for addressing bullying both individually and through our union.

This workshop is a member benefit, open to signed, dues‐paying members of the URA only.  Membership applications are available at the door.  RSVP by Wed., Nov. 22 @  2pm

Dates and Locations:

Ten Years with the URA and Other Events

Member Holiday Dinner & 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

For more info visit this link or download this flyer.

 


Work Shouldn’t Hurt! Anti‐Bullying Workshop

A special workshop presented by the Rutgers Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) for the Union of Rutgers Administrators / AFT Local 1766. Bullying in the workplace can have devastating effects on both organizations and individuals. In this workshop, we will learn how to identify bullying behavior and the structures that allow it to continue. We will discuss the impact workplace bullying has on our lives, and consider strategies for addressing bullying both individually and through our union.

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Upcoming Events

ASB I Building Meeting, Busch Campus

November 14 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EST

300L‐Conference Room‐ASB 1, Busch

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Work Shouldn’t Hurt! Workplace Bullying Workshop — Newark

November 27 @ 5:30 pm — 8:00 pm EST

Dana Room, 4th Fl., Dana Library — Newark Campus

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Work Shouldn’t Hurt! Workplace Bullying Workshop — New Brunswick

November 28 @ 5:30 pm — 8:00 pm EST

Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

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URAAFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

November 29 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EST

U.R.A. Office

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Steward/Building Representative Training

December 4 @ 12:00 pm — 4:30 pm EST

Room ABC‐Livingston Dining Commons, Livingston Campus

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Member Holiday Dinner & 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

December 4 @ 5:00 pm — 7:30 pm EST

Rutgers Club, 2nd Fl., Livingston Dining Commons, Livingston Campus


Steward/Building Representative Training

 

December 4 @ 12:00 pm — 4:30 pm EST

This is open to full‐dues paying members only. If you are interested in serving on the upcoming Contract Committee please attend this training.

Sign up at union@ura-aft.org by November 20th.

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Rutgers has the money” Open the Books presentation

On Thursday, November 9th, Rutgers union members and the community‐at‐large attended the Open the Books presentations in Newark and New Brunswick; or watched the livestream in Camden or on Facebook. The event was presented by Dr. Howard Bunsis, Professor of Accounting and an AAUP National Leader.

If we’re going to win fair salary raises, job security, affordable health care for all and other demands at the bargaining table in 2018, we need to know Rutgers’ true financial situation.

Read more and watch video here


Get Information on Union Plus Scholarships

 

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This is a great benefit available to our full dues members

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