Category Archives: Higher Education

Student Loan Survey Launches

Graduation mortar board cap on one hundred dollar bills concept for the cost of a college and university education

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.

Bargaining Team Needs Your Support On 4/10

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 10 @ 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm EDT

Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, CAC

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.

Read more here


Upcoming Events

Busch Campus Lunchtime Meeting

April 5 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Rm. 201, McLaren Center for Ceramic Research Building, Busch Campus

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Livingston Campus Lunchtime Meeting

April 6 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Rm. 4095, Rutgers Business School, Livingston Campus

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URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

April 9 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

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All Out April 10! Fight for the Rutgers We Deserve

April 10 @ 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm EDT

Winants Hall, College Ave. Campus

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URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 102

April 11 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Rm. 4095, Rutgers Business School, Livingston Campus

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URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 102

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.

Read more here


Staff Senate Elections 2018 — Cast Your Vote Today!

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.

CAMDEN CAMPUS

Brian K. Everett

Jonathan Lane, MPA (S)

NEWARK CAMPUS

Jeykid Acosta

Lincoln Farquharson

NEW BRUNSWICK CAMPUS

Kathy Dowden

Madinah Elamin

Kathleen Gilbert

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.