Category Archives: Legislation

Convention and legislative conference

On Saturday, April 9, leaders, and members of the URA Executive Board joined our AFTNJ brothers and sisters to hear from legislators and their plans for education priorities at the AFTNJ Convention and Legislative Conference in East Brunswick. 

From left to right: Leigh-Anne Cobb, Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Helen Pirrello, Darlene Smith

Our members spoke to Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Rep. Donald Payne Jr., Rep. Andy Kim, and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, and shared how they can help us with our concerns with funding and assistance for higher education staff. 

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. and Charles Basden

Congratulations to Leigh-Anne Cobb, elected as AFTNJ Secretary, as well as Christine O’Connell and Darlene Smith, who were re-elected as Divisional Vice Presidents for Higher Education.

We will continue to strongly advocate for and elevate staff voices and concerns in New Jersey higher education conversations.

2021 Election Season: Endorsed candidates, voter & volunteer info.

Issues Matter.  Vote Union.

Vote “For a Better Life, for Equity and Civil Rights, for Freedom and for a Voice at Work and in our Democracy”

Election Day is November 2, 2021.

Voting by mail begins 9/18/21 in NJ.

Vote by mail can use county election drop boxes at these locations -

Early voting begins 10/23–31 in all counties at these locations —

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NJ Voter Info Portal

URA-AFT #1766 Endorsed State and Local Candidates — click here

Update: In addition to the full list of endorsements already announced, URA-AFT, by vote of its Executive Board on October, 4, 2021, endorsed Dennis Klein as a candidate for the Teaneck Board of Education and Alexis Jackson as legislative candidate for State Assembly, Legislative District 9.

Get involved in Election 2021 by participating in contactless Labor Walks and Virtual Phone Banks from home. 
A $50 stipend for each Labor Walk and $25 stipend for each Phone Bank is available.  Complete the Stipend Request Form — click here and email to

Saturday Contactless Labor Walks are  9 am — Noon  and continue every Saturday through Election Day.

Here is the Labor Walk meeting site closest to New Brunswick, but you can go to any Labor Walk near your home.  Go to for the listing of all Labor Walks and Virtual Phone Banks.

Middlesex/Somerset CLC
IBEW 456
1295 Livingston Ave., North Brunswick
Wayne Martiak (908) 415‑8594 

Central Labor Council (CLC) phone banks are scheduled between 6 pm and 8 pm Monday through Thursday through Election Day on the dates listed on  Contact the CLC Presidents to volunteer.

Monday nights are the Middlesex/Somerset CLC Phone Bank day.  Contact Wayne Martiak at 908–415-8594 to sign up for Mondays.

9/28/21 at 5 pm — Pre-Debate Labor Rally for Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday,9/28/21 at 5 pm at NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark


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.