Many AFT members, like so many Americans, are struggling to pay back student debt, and helping them manage student loans has become one of the union’s top priorities. For the last several years, the AFT has held student debt clinics across the country to help borrowers who have been the victims of predatory lending practices gain access to debt relief. Recently, we expanded our clinics to focus on helping members manage medical debt. The response from these debt clinics has been overwhelming—we have helped reduce thousands of members’ monthly payments by hundreds of dollars, and have gotten others on track to have tens of thousands forgiven through public service loan forgiveness. Now, we are launching a survey to find out what else we can do to fight back against the predatory lenders and loan servicers that are hurting working people.
URA’s First Day of Bargaining is April 9th
April 9th is our first bargaining date with Rutgers. A status update will be provided at our general membership meeting later that evening.
URA-AFT General Membership Meeting
April 9 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT
Agenda: First reading of the Budget
Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center
Open to full dues members only. Membership forms available at the door.
Join Us April 10: Fight for the Rutgers We Deserve
April 10th will be our first collective action to push Rutgers towards settling a fair contract in a timely fashion.
Here are the details:
- April 10th, 2018, Outside of the BOG Meeting
Winants Hall, College Ave.
Arrive between noon and 2 pm during your lunch breaks
- Print and distribute the attached flyer to all coworkers now. We need a huge turnout from you and your coworkers to overcome Rutgers’ delay tactics.
- There will be sign-making at our general membership meeting the evening beforehand.
April 5 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT
April 6 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT
April 9 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT
April 10 @ 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm EDT
April 11 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT
April 18 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT
URA Executive Board Members Honored by Rutgers
URA Executive Board members, Helen Pirrello and Lawrence Stromberg, are being recognized for their outstanding commitment to Rutgers, both as staff and as alumni.
On March 28th Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernandez informed the University community that voting has begun for selecting staff representatives for University Senate. The successful candidates will be charged with serving as an important advisory and legislative body to the entire community of staff, faculty, students, administrators and alumni to Rutgers’ President and boards. The URA has identified some of our members (and building representatives and stewards) who are running and looking for your vote and support. You may now vote at the Staff Senate Elections website at https://hrservices.rutgers.edu/vote. Make sure to get your vote in by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
Brian K. Everett
Jonathan Lane, MPA (S)
NEW BRUNSWICK CAMPUS
Christopher R. Pflaum (B)
Jennifer Simon, CC’06, SMLR’09
Lawrence Stromberg (S)
(S) = Steward, (B) = Building Representative
You can read the entire list of candidates and their personal statements at Staff Senator Campaign Statements 2018. Results of the election will be available at:
http://senate.rutgers.edu/StaffSenatorElectionResults2018.html on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.