Category Archives: Merger

Demand Equality Between Staff and Faculty Contracts!

Bargaining Continues for Rutgers Staff:  Write Your Legislator Now!

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While the budget is under consideration, email your state representatives to ask them to tell Rutgers to bargain a fair contract with Rutgers staff.

Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents full-time faculty at the “Rutgers legacy” units of Rutgers, have negotiated an agreement for 2014–2018.

Some of the key provisions are:

• “Financial emergency” language to supersede the vague “subject to” clause which management used to unilaterally freeze salaries from 2010–2012.

• 8.25% in salary increases and an additional 1% in raises for faculty who receive promotions over the life of the contract. Significant increases to minimum salaries.

• Protection against increases in the co-insurance percentage of health insurance to be paid by the employee once the current Chapter 78 sunsets.

Rutgers staff need and deserve no less than our faculty. ALL URA-AFT members must continue the pressure

Read more here»

Bargaining Status Update:

On Friday, March 20, the URA-AFT bargaining team was at the table with management. Management would prefer to give us the same deal as other staff unions instead of the faculty deal outlined above. Other issues on the table: layoff and seniority protection, Family and Medical Leave protection, health insurance and vision care insurance, clothing allowance, management’s rights and Overtime/Compensatory time.

We return to the bargaining table on April 2. Members make the difference in how strong a contract we bargain. What can you do this week?

Want to Know More About YOUR URA-AFT Contract Committee? Here’s a Few Profiles of its Members

Name: Theresa O’Neill{Theresa O. picture}

Title: Career Management Specialist

Department: Career Development Center

School: FAS‑N

Campus: Newark

Number of Years at Rutgers: 13 years

Residence Town: Bloomfield

Residence County: Essex

List of Union Activities Involved in: Secretary on the Executive Board, Steward, Chair of the Elections Committee, and participant on various other committees as needed.

Read more about Theresa here»


Name:  Lucye Millerand{Lucye M. picture}

Title: President

Department: Before becoming URA AFT President I worked for University Libraries

Campus: Now as URA AFT President, I am located at: 57 Paterson Street, 2nd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; but before when I worked for University Libraries I was located on the College Avenue Campus.

Number of Years at Rutgers: 20 – in two shifts; over 35 years

Residence Town: Highland Park

Residence County: Middlesex County

List of Union Activities Involved in: President of Rutgers URA AFT, Secretary of AFTNJ State Federation

Read more about Lucye here»

Have Our Voices Heard on the Staff Senate

{elections clip art}On March 17 VP Fernandez informed us that the University was seeking candidates for the open seven (7) of eighteen (18) staff senator seats. The successful nominees for 2015–2016 will serve 2‑year terms and are charged with serving as the principal advisory body to the president. It is important, especially now, for our members to have representation on the senate and we have identified below some of our members who are running and looking for your vote and support.

* Melody Bundy, Training Coordinator, NJ Travel Independence Program-Voorhees Transportation Ctr., School of Planning and Public Policy (Downtown)

*Thomas Calabrese, Area Coordinator, Office of the Dean, Rutgers School of Engineering (Busch)

Read more here»

Middlesex & Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor{mortarboard and diploma clip art} Council’s 2015 Scholarship

The Raymond A. Peterson scholarship offers awards between $1,000 to $2,500 for high

school seniors entering  any other post-secondary institution.

To be eligible, a student must be the dependent of a signed, dues-paying URA member, with a  “B” average in high school.

Read more here»

UPDATE: We Need Faculty Deal, Not The CWA 1040 Deal

UPDATE:  The AAUP-AFT faculty bargaining unit has a tentative agreement with Rutgers management.  Faculty have been notified of this agreement today.  The language of this agreement provides a meaningful definition of a “fiscal emergency”.  At this time, we do not have information indicating that either CWA Local 1040 or IUOE Local 68 have the same.  We do know the following: Continue reading UPDATE: We Need Faculty Deal, Not The CWA 1040 Deal