Category Archives: Health & Safety

URA and Union Activism this Fall

COPE Phone Banking & Labor Walks for Fall 2017

URA-AFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ AFL-CIO Labor Walks and Phone Banks again this year. Members who participate will receive a $50 stipend for each Labor Walk and a $25 stipend for each Phone Bank 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 the same stipend.

AFT New Jersey Committee on Political Education (COPE) chair Kay Schechter spent Saturday morning on 9/16 in Neptune talking to union members about the upcoming election at the first round of weekly labor walks for this cycle.  Schechter and the COPE are swinging into action on behalf of AFT-endorsed candidates

for Governor, State Senate, Assembly and local races.“The union is coordinating weekly labor walks and evening phone bank outreach for voter education leading up to get out the vote in November,” Schechter said. “Please join us at your nearest Labor Walk (locations below) or at a phone bank at the AFTNJ office in Edison. This is one way the union builds political power to benefit our members and make New Jersey a better place to live.”

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AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Travel to Puerto Rico to Volunteer for Care and Relief Efforts

AFT Press Release : Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Latest in AFT’s Efforts to Support Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico 

WASHINGTON—More than 24 American Federation of Teachers nurses, health professionals and public employees from across the country boarded a plane to Puerto Rico today to provide direct care and assist with relief efforts. They are part of a volunteer delegation of more than 300 union electricians, equipment engineers and other workers on a flight donated by United Airlines.

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Reminding the World Why the Labor Movement Still Matters

By Andrea Alexander | Oct 3 2017 (posted in Rutgers Today)
Angelica Santomauro runs the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of the labor movement
Angelica Santomauro outside the American Labor Museum, a national landmark where 20,000 workers met during the historic 1913 Paterson Silk Mill Strike.
Photo: Andrea Alexander
From a small house in Haledon that overlooks the historic Paterson silk mills – the scene of a pivotal labor strike in 1913 – Angelica Santomauro works to explain why the struggle of those workers more than 100 years ago is relevant today.

Santomauro, who holds a doctorate in education from Rutgers’ School of Graduate Studies, oversees the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of the labor movement. From a house that served as the meeting place for more than 20,000 silk mill workers during the strike – earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places – Santomauro spreads a message about the power of people to work collectively to bring change.

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Upcoming Meetings& Workshops

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

October 9 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

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URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

October 25 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

West C Conference Room, Camden Campus Center, Camden Campus

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URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 102

October 25 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

U.R.A. Office, New Brunswick


Register for LEARN Classes Now

If you are a signed URA member and are interested in attending any of the LEARN programs please contact the URA office at 732–745‑0300 or union@ura-aft.org for scholarship information.

LEARN is opening their popular workshops on negotiation, arbitration and conflict resolution to the private sector. Formerly targeted only at the public sector, their bargaining workshops now deal with situations everyone confronts, no matter where or for whom they work. Register today! And ask them about their 6-course Pre-Registration Discount.

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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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Consumer Tips from Union Plus:The Equifax Data Breach

Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Posted on September 11, 2017 in unionplus.org

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused.

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AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Travel to Puerto Rico to Volunteer for Care and Relief Efforts

AFT Press Release : Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Latest in AFT’s Efforts to Support Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico 

WASHINGTON—More than 24 American Federation of Teachers nurses, health professionals and public employees from across the country boarded a plane to Puerto Rico today to provide direct care and assist with relief efforts. They are part of a volunteer delegation of more than 300 union electricians, equipment engineers and other workers on a flight donated by United Airlines.

The AFT represents 40,000 educators in Puerto Rico, members of the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (link is external) (AMPR), and has been engaged in providing aid and support since the hurricane hit, including providing direct financial assistance to members and AMPR, providing and coordinating the distribution of supplies, and getting schools opened as community centers.

These nurses and health professionals represent who we are as a union—caring and springing into action to help people when needed,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “To the people of Puerto Rico, tu lucha es mi lucha; your fight is our fight. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure our members and the people of Puerto Rico are cared for, the island is rebuilt, and public schools are reopened.”

Read more here and see Facebook Live post below.

 

NJ State Shutdown Update

From the New Jersey AFL-CIO:

As New Jersey’s government shutdown enters day 3, we need to demand a resolution. People's livelihoods are at stake and the services people depend on are in limbo. It is unacceptable that legislators we elected to vote on our behalf are abstaining from voting and causing a state government shutdown. Below is a list of legislators who have abstained and need to hear their constituents' voices.

If your legislator is listed, please send him or her a direct message with the simple message: pass the budget, end the shutdown.

Holding the state budget captive as a result of Governor Christie’s Horizon demands – a completely unrelated issue that was brought up less than one week ago – is misguided and a disservice to all New Jerseyans.

By expanding Horizon’s mission to serve as the insurer of last resort, Senate Bill S-4 is a health care tax imposed by Governor Christie on policy holders. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO maintains that any surplus should be returned to policy holders rather than diverted to other uses by the governor.

What can you do?

URA-AFT is calling on its members to call the following Legislators who are blocking the passage of a balanced budget. Tell them that a “no” vote or an “abstain” vote is the same as voting “yes” to a shutdown. This is unacceptable.

The below list and contact information has been provided by CWA 1036:

ASSEMBLY REP PHONE EMAIL District Area
Bob Andrzejczak (609) 465-0700 AsmAndrzejczak@njleg.org Cape May County
R. Bruce Land (609) 465-0700 AsmLand@njleg.org Cape May County
Craig Coughlin (732) 855-7441 AsmCoughlin@njleg.org Middlesex County
Joe Danielsen (732) 247-3999 AsmDanielsen@njleg.org Middlesex County
Joe Egan (732) 249-4550 AsmEgan@njleg.org Middlesex County
Nancy Pinkin (732) 548-1406 AswPinkin@njleg.org Middlesex County
Troy Singleton (856) 234-2790 AsmSingleton@njleg.org Burlington County
Herb Conaway (856) 461-3997 AsmConaway@njleg.org Burlington County
Eliana Pintor-Marin (973) 589-0713 AswPintorMarin@njleg.org Essex County
Gordon Johnson (201) 530-0469 AsmJohnson@njleg.org Bergen County
Eric Houghtaling (732) 695-3371 AsmHoughtaling@njleg.org Monmouth County
Joann Downey (732) 333-0166 AswDowney@njleg.org Monmouth County

And, while you are at it, send a message to thank all the Assembly members who voted YES on the budget and have stuck to their vote. 

 Complete List of Assembly Members who voted YES!

Dan Benson (D)

Ralph Caputo (D)

Marlene Caride (D)

Annette Chaparro (D)

Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D)

Wayne DeAngelo (D)

Tim Eustace (D)

Thomas Giblin (D)

Reed Gusciora (D) 

Jamel Holley (D)

Mila Jasey (D)

Angelica Jimenez (D)

James Kennedy (D)

Joseph Lagana (D) 

John McKeon (D)

Angela McKnight (D)

Raj Mukherji (D) 

Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D)

Vincent Prieto (D)

Annette Quijano (D)

Gary Schaer (D) 

Shavonda Sumter (D)

Cleopatra Tucker (D)

Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)

Benjie Wimberly (D)

John Wisniewski (D)

Andrew Zwicker (D)

 

 Thank you to Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo (LD14), Dan Benson (LD14), and Andrew Zwicker (LD16) who added their YES votes on Friday to pass the budget and avoid a shutdown. Thank you to Assemblyman James Kennedy (LD22) who added his vote YES on Sunday to end the shutdown.