Category Archives: Legislation


Write the New Jersey Legislative Budget Committee now!

The extraordinary FY21 budget process is moving very fast.  Instead of holding hearings, the Senate and Assembly budget committees are taking only written testimony.

Please speak up NOW to prevent and roll back layoffs and undo the “fiscal emergency” that is holding our raises hostage.  Below is a sample letter you can edit and send to the budget committees with the stroke of a keyboard.

Add your title, sign with your name and town– add any specific details you wish.

Then e‑mail to:  

The job you save could literally be your own.

Sample letter on NJ Budget.

COPE 2018 Labor Walks Schedule

URA-AFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ State AFLCIO Labor Walks again this year.  Members who participate will receive a stipend for each Labor Walk they participate in.  Each member is encouraged to bring a relative/friend over 18 yrs old with them to participate and they will also receive a stipend.  See the below schedule or download it here.


Labor Walk 2018 Schedule for URA-AFT Local #1766 (REVISED 10/9/18)

Saturdays:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and all day 11/6 Election Day

9:00 am to noon,  and Election Day/GOTV – am and pm shifts

SUPER PRIORITY and Priority LABOR WALKS – URA member stipend — $50/walk & non-member stipend — $25/walk

NON-PRIORITY LABOR WALKS – URA member stipend — $25/walk & non-member stipend — $25/walk

Saturday:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, all day 11/6.     We are focusing on CD #2, CD #3, CD #7, CD #11

We have a good chance to flip 3 of these districts and we need all the feet on the ground to help this happen on Nov. 6, 2018.

Priority — CD #2 – Walk for Jeff VanDrew

Atlantic/Cape May CLC – 1 Philadelphia Ave, Egg Harbor City (IBT 331)

Southern CLC – Cumberland Cty – 226 High Street, Millville

Southern CLC – Gloucester Cty – 27 S. Broad St, Woodbury

Southern CLC – Salem Cty – 12 Marlton Rd, Woodstown

èSUPER PRIORITY — CD #3 – Walk for Andy Kim

Burlington CLC, 26 High St, Mount Holly (CWA 1036)

Monmouth/Ocean CLC – 3301 Highway 138 East, Wall  (IBEW 400)

èSUPER PRIORITY — CD #7 – Walk for Tom Malinowski

Middlesex/Somerset CLC – 1295 Livingston Ave, North Brunswick (IBEW 456)

Union CLC – 106 South Avenue West, Cranford (SWMIA 22)

PRIORITY — CD #11 – Walk for Mikie Sherrill

Passaic CLC – 1389 Broad Street, Clifton (UFCW 1262)

Northwest CLC — 50 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany (IBEW 102)

Essex/West Hudson CLC – 1576 Springfield Ave, Maplewood (RWDSU 108)

Non-priority districts:  $25 stipend for members and non-members per Sat:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, all day 11/6

Bergen CLC, IBEW 164, 205 Robin Road, Paramus

Hudson CLC, MEBA D‑1, 37 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City

Mercer CLC, IBEW 269, 670 Whitehead Road, Trenton

Southern CLC – Camden Cty — Garden State Pavilion, 2240–15 Rt 70 W, Cherry Hill

Please bring your driver’s license and check in at the location you select for the walk.

Ask for the “turf”, houses assigned, for the candidate you are walking for in the priority districts.

Members can bring up to 3 non-members over the age of 18 to participate and receive stipends.

PLEASE FORWARD EMAILS FROM AFL-CIO to COPE Chair Kay Schechter at along with your name and address so you will be compensated at the end of October and then after Election Day.

Remember…the last day to register to vote in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 16th. Check to see if you are registered by going to

August Bargaining Update and Solidarity for Rutgers Workers

August 2018 Bargaining Update:

On August 13th, the URA bargaining team met with Rutgers management for our 10th meeting.

Management has proposed:

  • FY19: No increase
  • FY20: .5% Merit Pool with a range of distribution of .25%-.75%
  • FY21: No increase
  • FY22: .5% Merit Pool with a range of distribution of .25%-.75% Their proposal for TOTAL salary improvements over the next 4 years is 1.0%
  • Increases to cost of meals Dining Services MUST pay
  • Remove Step 1 and 2 from our Grievance Procedure
  • Delete the Non-Hostile Workplace article from our contract
  • Require use of FMLA concurrent with sick time

We have presented our Salary Improvements proposal which includes:

  • FY19: Across-the-Board Raise with Lump Sum. Same amount for all members
  • FY20: Across-the Board Percentage Raise
  • Equity pool to bring members with more than 5 years’ service to midpoint
  • Lump-sum rebate to defray cost of health insurance
  • FY21: Across-the-Board Percentage Raise
  • Merit pool for members who “Meet Standards” (in unit on first business day of the year)
  • Lump-sum rebate to defray cost of health insurance
  • FY22: Across-the-Board Percentage Raise
  • Equity pool to bring members with more than 15 years’ service to top of range
  • Merit pool for members who “Meet Standards”
  • Lump sum rebate to defray cost of health insurance

Read more here

Scandals and SNAFUs: Rutgers Needs Accountable Leadership

From Rutgers AAUP-AFT; posted on August 3, 2018 by swolf

Dear Colleague,

We’re sending this message mid-summer because there have been so many scandals and SNAFUs that impact us. We are deeply concerned about the lack of accountable leadership at Rutgers. The high volume of summer communications from faculty to our union office suggests that many of you are equally distressed.

We are very concerned by the sudden resignation of Chancellor Dutta after barely a year in that position. We would like to know the nature of the disagreements about the university’s future between him and President Barchi. In our brief interactions with Chancellor Dutta, it appeared that he was open to working with our union around a number of shared goals to make Rutgers a truly great public university. For instance, he spoke of freezing—and even lowering—undergraduate tuition and fees. However, tuition went up
by 2.3% this year. We want to know, for the benefit of our members and students, what constituted the clash of visions between Chancellor Dutta and President Barchi.

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Rutgers Must Stop Huge Payouts to Booted Coaches and Officials, Lawmakers Say

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are criticizing Rutgers University for spending millions on payouts to former coaches and officials who stepped down early or were booted from their jobs.

One influential Democrat said Tuesday she’ll call for a Senate hearing unless University President Robert Barchi can give her an explanation for the decisions.

Rutgers is playing fast and loose with taxpayer money,” Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D‑Bergen, said Tuesday. “Whose money do they think they’re throwing around here?”

Read more here

Upcoming Events

URA Bargaining Update Meeting

August 16 @ 12:15 pm — 1:30 pm EDT

Room 346, Conklin Hall, Newark Campus


URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 102

August 22 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Room 122, Center for Law and Justice, Newark Campus

Report Back from 2018 AFT Convention

Sticking with the UnionThis year the AFT’s annual convention was held July 12-July 16, 2018 in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. Our motto this year was “We Care. We Fight. We Show Up…And We Vote.”

URA sent six dedicated members to represent our union.URA Delegates at AFT 2018 Convention
Livingston Campus lead steward Leigh-Anne Cobb wrote about her experience attending convention:

New 2018 URA DelegatesAs a first time delegate, I am now confidently prepared with examples and tools for meaningful conversations and outreach to our members. By serving on the Labor and the Economy Committee at the convention, I was able to witness first hand the dedication, authenticity and engagement I hope to attain “to continue the work of building membership and crafting a sure future for the union.”

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Striking Workers Can Now Get Unemployment Benefits In New Jersey

Updated Aug 12; Posted Aug 10 by Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for

Verizon workers on strike picket outside the company's Robbinsville location in August 2016.(Michael Mancuso | For )

Verizon workers on strike picket outside the company’s Robbinsville location in August 2016.(Michael Mancuso | For )

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a law allowing striking workers to collect unemployment benefits in New Jersey.

State lawmakers first proposed the legislation two years ago as Verizon workers waged a six-week strike against the telecommunications giant’s contract demands. About 4,600 of the 40,000 East Coast employees on strike worked in New Jersey.

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