Tens of thousands of AFT members were personally and professionally affected by Superstorm Sandy. The AFT has created this online resource guide to assist members as they continue to work hard to rebuild their homes, restore and provide essential services to the public, reopen their classrooms, and help their students and co-workers put their lives back together.
In challenging times like these, the solidarity and support of the labor movement shines through. AFT staff are in contact with state and local affiliates to gauge their needs.
This is just the start of the AFT’s work to help members affected by Superstorm Sandy; revisit this page for updates and upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Support your fellow union members! Here are three ways you can help:
Visit this page of national and state-by-state resources.
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We want to know how Superstorm Sandy has affected you. See box at right for details.
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Click here to go to the AFT Sandy Relief page »
URA Executive Director Bob Cousins has sent the following memo to the Office of Labor Relations. Every member should seek directions from their supervisor before charging storm-related absence to any form of time off.
In coming weeks, URA will be surveying members on hurricane-related emergency and long-terms needs. At the general membership meeting on Monday, November 12 , we will discuss actions we can take to the shocking lack of concern for the safety of staff members that Rutgers top management have shown during the Hurricane Sandy emergency.
The reason I am sending you this email is we seem to be having some confusion by some departments on how employees will be compensated for the problems caused by Sandy.
Just to make sure that there is no confusion it is the Unions’ position that:
- For the morning of Monday, October 29, 2012 employees who could not report to work due to the weather may charge the morning to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available, or can have his/her salary appropriately adjusted. There will be no disciplinary action taken for such absence. [URA Contract, Article 48, University Closing, section B.]
- All employees will be compensated for the afternoon of Monday, October 29, 2012, all day Tuesday, October 30 and all day Wednesday, October 31, 2012 and will not be required to charge personal time to avoid loss of pay. [URA Contract, Article 48, University Closing, section A.]
- All employees who could not report to work on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2, 2012 may charge the day to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available, or will have his/her salary appropriately adjusted. There will be no disciplinary action taken for such absence. [URA Contract, Article 48, section B.]
- All “essential” personal who reported to work on the afternoon of Monday, October 29, 2012, and/or Tuesday, October 30, and/or Wednesday, October 31 will be compensated at the rate of time and one half for the time worked plus their regular salary. [URA Contract, Article 49, University Policies and Procedures]
- Any employee who was notified by their superior not to report to work on the morning of Monday, October 29, and/or Thursday, November 1 and/or Friday, November 2 will be compensated for the days they were instructed not to report to work and will not have to charge the day(s) to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available, and will not have his/her salary appropriately adjusted. [URA Contract, Article 49, University Policy (60.3.16, section B.)]
- Any employee whose regular worksite was closed for storm-related causes and who was not provided with an alternative worksite will not have to charge the day(s) to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available, and will not have his/her salary appropriately adjusted. [URA Contract, Article 49, University Policy]
- Supervisors may choose to compensate employees for the morning of Monday, October 29, Thursday, November 1 and/or Friday, November 2 and the employee will not have to charge the day(s) to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available, and will not have his/her salary appropriately adjusted. [URA Contract, Article 49, University Policy]
If I do not hear from you otherwise we will assume that the University agrees with our position.
Working Families United for New Jersey created a resource to help you find information on everything from where you can find gas on the turnpike, to what to do if you’ve found mold in your house, to very important updates on how to vote.
Click here to find information on disaster assistance, as well as vital information on how and where to vote.
You should also know about a few key changes to voting in New Jersey:
- Registered voters can obtain and cast their ballots in person at their county elections office until 3:00 p.m. Monday.
- Locations of many polling places were changed due to power outages and their conditions. You can now text WHERE to 877877 to find the best polling place for you to vote. You can also contact your local county election officials.
- If you are unable to go to your local polling site, you may vote at any polling location in the state via provisional ballot. But voting by provisional ballot in another county means you can only vote on national and statewide candidates and statewide ballot questions. (This is the recommended option for displaced residents and first responders.)
- If these options won’t work for you, and you’ve been displaced by Hurricane Sandy, you can opt into electronic voting by email or fax. There are a few steps, which you can see here.
Check out njsandyresources.com to find out how to vote in New Jersey, as well as other important information about power outages, open gas stations, and what emergency numbers to call.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power, destroyed homes, and sent thousands of neighbors into darkeness. But it hasn’t broken us. It hasn’t knocked out the bonds that tie us together, and I’ve been heartened to see my home state pull together and lend a helping hand to those that need them.
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