Category Archives: Labor

Welcome Back to RU with the URA!

Welcome Back and Lets Get to Work!

Welcome Back to the first e-news of the Fall Semester. You should receive the attached newsletter with tear-off form in campus mail soon.

It’s time to start thinking about our next union contract and discussing how we get a fair contract.  You can return the form via campus mail or by fax to (732) 745‑0400. But it’s even better to also discuss your responses with a steward, at a union meeting and within your own department. Call or email our office with any questions.

Read more here

URA-AFT Workshop: Does Your Job Title Match Your Job

Many of us find that our jobs have moved far away from our original job description. We may not even be doing duties appropriate to our job title.

The URA-AFT contract offers a process for employees to initiate our own reclassification. Learn about the process from a URA steward who has successfully self-initiated reclassification twice, and won salary increases and back pay.

URA Professional Development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed union members only; memberships are available at the door.

Read more here for the workshop dates and times

Upcoming Meetings

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting (with video-conferencing to Newark and Camden)

September 18 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Special Agenda: SAS Realignment


Busch Campus Lunchtime Meeting

September 21 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Rm. 201, McLaren Center for Ceramic Research Building

URA’s Darlene Smith Honored by National Coalition

Darlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT Executive Vice President, AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit.

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Public Service Announcement:

Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors

From URA Busch Steward Lisa Scott: 

Tragedy has beset our fellow citizens along the coastline of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. As scenes of devastation are seen across various media platforms, we are calling on you to do your part in assisting those who have lost everything.

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are unable to do the same.  Please support “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors by donating a new pillow and let the hurricane victims rest easier.

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URA’s Darlene Smith Honored by National Coalition

DSmith-ClaraDayAwardDarlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT  Executive Vice President,  AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.

She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit.  To earn the award she had to:

  • Be a Union Woman member in good standing with National CLUW.
  • Inspire and Educate Women to increase participation within their unions, within CLUW and within the labor movement.
  • Promote and encourage participation in the political and legislative processes of their unions and labor movement to improve employment and job opportunities for women.
  • Seek to promote unionism and encourage unions to be more aggressive in their efforts to bring unorganized women under collective bargaining agreements.
  • Seek to encourage women, through their unions, to recognize and take positive action against job discrimination in hiring, promotion, classification and other aspects of work.
  • Participate or lead in efforts geared toward bringing about social justice for women, working people and the poor.

URA members agree that Darlene checks all those boxes every day.

Clara Day was the first African American woman to serve as an Executive Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Lucye Millerand, URA President

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:

Bob Andrzejczak (609) 465-0700 Cape May County
R. Bruce Land (609) 465-0700 Cape May County
Craig Coughlin (732) 855-7441 Middlesex County
Joe Danielsen (732) 247-3999 Middlesex County
Joe Egan (732) 249-4550 Middlesex County
Nancy Pinkin (732) 548-1406 Middlesex County
Troy Singleton (856) 234-2790 Burlington County
Herb Conaway (856) 461-3997 Burlington County
Eliana Pintor-Marin (973) 589-0713 Essex County
Gordon Johnson (201) 530-0469 Bergen County
Eric Houghtaling (732) 695-3371 Monmouth County
Joann Downey (732) 333-0166 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.