Category Archives: Labor

Flexible Scheduling and COVID-19 Paid Leave

The protections of Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act ( EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA), are ending 12/31/20 with no bills in the pipeline to get an extension passed by Congress or signed by the president before expiration.

We are negotiating for a program for those who need more flexibility in the work schedules in order to care for others while working from home. For example, if you have a school age child, you may want to work from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 1:00. p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to be able to monitor and assist with your child’s remote instruction and still work a full 7.5 hour day.

This type of flexibility should be accommodated when possible since many of us have multiple responsibilities. My understanding is that many of us are working more hours because the boundaries are blurred, so it is still important to keep a record.

Since federal protections will expire, we will ask that the COVID Paid Leave program administered by Rutgers be resurrected. If you must quarantine for COVID exposure or must care for yourself or family members because of COVID, there should be no obligation for you to exhaust your paid time off. We will have this discussion with Rutgers leaders and will let you know if we make progress.

Elections 2020: Member Volunteers Needed

How to volunteer and other membership resources

  1. It is more important than ever that we all vote this year. You can find all the information you need including where to cast your ballot at https://njaflcio.org/.  We are seeking volunteers to help with virtual phone banking with the Middlesex Somerset Central Labor Council. Phone banks will occur from Monday-Thursday, between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    All phone banks will start with a brief training session over Zoom to familiarize participants with the virtual tools.Please contact Christine O’Connell (coconnell@ura-aft.org) with your availability and contact information. Any time you can give is much appreciated.
  2. Voter Information, resources and contactless volunteer opportunities

Union Endorsements 

  1. URA-AFT Endorsed Candidates and Ballot Questions
  2. Additional resources on public question #3:
    -Fair Districts New Jersey Analysis
    -Public Question #3 Interpretive Statement

Labor Day: We are Rutgers Labor

Happy Labor Day!

Dear colleagues,

As we approach Labor Day weekend, let’s take a moment to reflect on the end of a weird and crazy summer, how much harder many of us are working to maintain our work, our families, and our lives, and those that came before us sacrificed to give us the opportunity to take a long weekend off from work.  URA values and thanks all of you for your work in maintaining the critical operations of Rutgers University.  Whatever you do, wherever you work, you are a valuable part of what makes this place a success.

Before you go celebrate Labor Day weekend, I ask you to take one action to help highlight our importance to the operations at Rutgers.