Category Archives: Health & Safety

Adverse Weather Conditions and University Closings Information

As winter continues to leave its mark make sure you are knowledgeable about the rights afforded to you under Article 51 “University Closings” of our contact, which can be found here. County employees should follow the operating status for county facilities, not Rutgers, in regards to university closings. The Rutgers policy on “ATTENDANCE DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS”, also known as policy 60.1.29 can be found at During inclement weather employees should be aware of the University’s Operating Status by checking their campus’ homepage. Also become familiar with Rutgers’ Emergency Action Plan for “Adverse Weather”, which can be found at A great way to stay on top of the campus emergency status is to be registered with the Rutgers Emergency Notification System (ENS) which can be done at this link. To our brothers and sisters working through the storm; thank you and work safely!

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

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