Category Archives: New Brunswick/Piscataway Campuses

Save the Date: Friday, 2/23 at Brower Commons Join Rutgers Union Coalition and United Students Against Sweatshops

Old Queens can find the money for new VP’s, Chancellors, Associate VP’s, Associate Chancellors and the endless parade of head coaches.  So they can find the money for fair pay for faculty, students and staff.

Old Queens can find the time for promotional videos and photo-shoots.  So they can find the time to bargain with 20,000 unionized Rutgers workers.

Should be simple.  But it’s not.

Join the Rutgers Union Coalition and United Students Against Sweatshops outside Brower Commons on Friday, February 23.

$15 minimum wage for ALL campus employees.
Health insurance coverage for ALL campus employees.
Joint negotiations on salaries and health insurance for ALL unions.

Let’s not wait till our contracts expire.

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Lucye Millerand
President

Bargaining 101 and Protecting Your Union

Join your colleagues and sign the petition for a new contract!

The URA-AFT is joining with Rutgers’ other unions to demand negotiations for 20,000 Rutgers employees whose union contracts expire on June 30, 2018. Please join in and sign to call for contract talks now to ensure health care, job security, tuition costs and benefits, pay equity, and the right to representation for all employees.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/old-queens-its-time-to-negotiate-with-our-union

Read more here


Recruitment for Feb. 24 Bargaining Training Workshop

Members who want to join the Contract campaign team are invited to take part in our Bargaining Training Workshop. Click here for time and location.  This training will be a prerequisite for the contract bargaining table team.

Topics include:

  • Surveying the Bargaining Landscape: Power Analysis and Mobilizing in 2018
  • Bargaining for the Common Good
  • From Issues to Bargaining Proposals
  • Who is at the Table? What do they do? What else do we do away from the table?
  • Ratifying the Agreement

Read more here


URA General Membership Meeting

February 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EST

Live from Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center and video-conferencing with Dana Room, 4th fl., Dana Library, Newark Campus

Special Topics:

  • Bargaining Update
  • Nomination for 2018 AFT Convention, July 13–16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
  • WILD Conference, March 2–3, 2018, East Brunswick, NJ

Upcoming Events

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

February 19 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EST

Live from Cook Campus in Room 133, Labor Education Center and video-conferencing with Dana Room, 4th fl., Dana Library, Newark Campus

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Bargaining Training Workshop

February 24 @ 9:30 am — 2:30 pm EST

Eagleton Institute of Politics/Wood Lawn, Douglass Campus


Call for Nomination of Delegates for 2018 AFT Convention

URA’s full-dues members are able to take part in the democratic process at every level of the labor movement by running for office as delegates. Nominations for delegates to the AFT National Convention will take place at the February 19 General Membership meeting. All URA delegates are expected to attend all business sessions of the convention and appropriate educational workshops held in conjunction with the event. Travel, accommodations (dual occupancy), and IRS per diem expenses are provided from the URA budget.

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What Members Need To Know About Janus v. AFSCME

On February 26, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The plaintiff is asking Court to rule that while his union must negotiate for his pay and benefits, and represent him if his rights are violated, he should not be obliged to pay fair-share or “agency fee” . For over 40 years, individual states have been able to pass laws which permit public workers to opt in or out of union membership, but require them to share in the union’s expenses.   This challenge could end agency fees in all states, and would essentially make the USA a “right-to-work (for less)” nation for all of the public sector. The current Supreme Court is almost certain to side against unions and the decision could come as early as April.

Join your union now at http://www.ura-aft.org/join-the-ura-aft/join-the-union for a strong contract and a fair workplace.

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In Memoriam: Meda Barker

URA-AFT joins the Barker and Greathouse families and the Rutgers community in mourning the loss of Meda Barker. Meda was an active member who signed up last year as a steward on the Newark campus. She will be missed by all who knew her. URA has made a contribution to Equality Utah in her memory.

Read more here

Recruitment for Feb. 24 Bargaining Training Workshop

Members who want to join the Contract campaign team are invited to take part in our Bargaining Training Workshop. Click here for time and location. This training will be a prerequisite for the contract bargaining table team.

Topics include:

  • Surveying the Bargaining Landscape: Power Analysis and Mobilizing in 2018
  • Bargaining for the Common Good
  • From Issues to Bargaining Proposals
  • Who is at the Table? What do they do? What else do we do away from the table?
  • Ratifying the Agreement

At the close of the workshop, participants will complete a 360o selection process and nominate ourselves and others for the 11-member Bargaining Team, Contract Captains and other roles in the campaign.

RSVP to khopfel@ura-aft.org

If you have further questions, contact Greg Rusciano: grusciano@ura-aft.org