Category Archives: Legislation

What’s Going On At The Bargaining Table

Fair Contract Now! Video

Rutgers has hundreds of millions in unrestricted reserves that could go to make tuition affordable, pay raises and make the university a better place for everyone. Join URA-AFT and the Coalition of Rutgers Unions in calling for fairness at Rutgers.

Watch URA members and others at Rutgers speak on the importance of Bargaining for a Fair Contract at https://youtu.be/bM4UbmqedfQ.


May Bargaining Update

The URA bargaining team met with Rutgers management for the first three negotiating sessions on April 9, April 24, and May 7. These are some highlights of discussions so far:

URA has put proposals on the table to:

  • Provide equal allowance of Administrative Leave (AL) days when a 10-month position is converted to 12 months. (Article 3)
  • Extend bereavement leave to members who have cared for non-family members at the end of life by serving as health proxies, executors or making final arrangements. Allow bereavement leave at the time that a funeral is held, especially military funerals where the family cannot choose the date. (Article 6)
  • Prevent workplace bullying by clarifying the criteria and procedures for our Non-Hostile Workplace Conference. (Article 27)

Read more here


URA-AFT General Membership Meeting (New Location)

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

May 21 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Room 101, Hickman Hall, Douglass Campus

Agenda: Second Reading and Vote on the Budget

Open to full dues members only. Membership forms available at the door.


Update on OptumRX and the NJ State Health Benefit Plan

Last week the New Jersey Appellate Court ruled that the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) contract for the New Jersey State Health Benefit Plan will have to be rebid. OptumRX is the current plan manager and will continue to administer the health plan while the state decides whether to appeal the Appellate Court decision.

In the meantime please be aware of your right to appeal any denials from OptumRX.

Read more here


Rutgers Day — April 28, 2018

Thanks to all the URA members who made Rutgers Day a record-shattering success. And a special shout-out to the volunteers who not only registered voters at our COPE table, but also kept the crowd engaged while providing civic education. Pictures of the URA activities can be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ura1766.

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Rutgers Day – April 28, 2018

RutgersDay2018Thanks to all the URA members who made Rutgers Day a record-shattering success. And a special shout-out to the volunteers who not only registered voters at our COPE table, but also kept the crowd engaged while providing civic education.  Pictures of the URA activities can be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ura1766.  Also read more on Rutgers Day at https://rutgersday.rutgers.edu/?utm_source=uwide_banner&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=uwide_banner.

For more information on the Committee on Political Education go to http://www.ura-aft.org/about-ura-aft/join-a-committee/political-education/.

Update on OptumRX and the NJ State Health Benefit Plan

Last week the New Jersey Appellate Court ruled that the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) contract for the New Jersey State Health Benefit Plan will have to be rebid.  OptumRX is the current plan manager and will continue to administer the health plan while the state decides whether to appeal the Appellate Court decision.

In the meantime please be aware of your right to appeal any denials from OptumRX.  See the below information that state employees should be aware of:

WHEN IN DOUBT, APPEAL

  • Changes in administrators to the prescription drug program result in changes in formularies and sometimes a little different enforcement of state health benefits drug plan rules.
  • This can mean that members are asked to change drugs or some prescriptions are denied. If this presents a medical problem, members should consider working with their doctor to appeal the decision of the pharmacy benefit manager, which is Optum RX for the time being.
  • Members are winning approximately 70% of appeals to Optum RX which relate to quantity limits and drug exclusions, so appeals can be helpful to members.

Here’s a link to an article about the court ruling mandating that the PBM contract be rebid:

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/05/nj_court_kills_67b_contract_prescription_drug_cont.html