Would You Freeze To Stop a Freeze?
Over 100 faculty, staff and students rallied at Old Queens on Tuesday to support negotiations for a fair contract. You could say we froze our fannie$ so that Rutgers will not freeze our $$$.
See pictures from the rally at Old Queens at http://www.ura-aft.org/photos/2015-photos.
Rutgers management still refuses to change the language they referred to after freezing negotiated raises in 2009 and 2010.
AAUP-AFT President Lisa Klein put it very clearly in a message to her members:
“It’s clear to all of us on the union side that only an alternative “subject to” clause with explicit protections for faculty and staff can exist. Those protections include:
- A clear trigger that demonstrates true financial exigency
- Transparency in documenting the financial evidence
- Meaningful negotiations with the unions
- Neutral third-party verification of the inability to pay
- An expedited process which resolves the matter prior to the effective date of the increases
We remain hopeful that Old Queens now understands that what happened in 2010 can never happen again.”
Old Queens didn’t thaw at all on Tuesday. What will you do to turn up the heat for a fair contract?
Here are some opportunities:
- Rally March 10 in Newark (free shuttles from Busch Campus and Downtown New Brunswick. For more information on the rally go to http://www.ura-aft.org/?p=4787.
- Return the gift solicitation envelope in your “Rutgers Magazine” by US mail or campus mail. Just write “
Subject to”— nothing else is needed.
- Sign and share our electronic petition at http://petitions.moveon.org/aft/sign/reclaim-rutgers.
Sound Off from the Membership:
“ENOUGH of demonizing dedicated public university employees while millionaires and corporations and their wealthy supporters in government continue to benefit off of the backs of regular people!!”
URA member Richard Murray, Undergraduate Admissions
“Rutgers Has the Money” –
Unity Rally for Fair Contracts
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5PM – 7PM
Where: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark
(MLK Blvd between Warren and Bleeker Sts.)
Sponsored by the Reclaim Rutgers coalition. Join our unions, along with students, community leaders to real, fair contracts for 20,000 unionized faculty, staff, doctors, nurses and public safety personnel at Rutgers.
Free shuttle available from New Brunswick, Piscataway and RBHS-Newark. A light supper will be provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go WILD in March
Sign up now for the 12th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference which begins Friday evening, March 6 and continues the morning of March 7. Full-dues members can download the brochure here and fax it to the URA office at 732–745-0400, email to email@example.com, or drop it off to our office to get registered. This is a great opportunity to interact with other union leaders and address issues faced by women in the labor movement. For more information go to the NJ State AFL-CIO website at http://www.njaflcio.org/wild.
Forging Economic Prosperity Through Union Solidarity
March 6–7, 2015
East Brunswick Hilton
3 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Middlesex & Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor 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.