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What you need to know about electronic voting

The message below was sent to members via email on April 1, 2021

Get ready for ratification

OVERVIEW 

Electronic Voting will start on Friday, April 2, 2021. It will end at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Our electronic voting process is secure, and you can only vote once. Each voter has a unique “Voter ID” and “Voter Key”. When voting begins, you will be emailed your Voter ID, Voter Key and link to the ballot. All voting can be done through computer or mobile device. We will be using your Rutgers ([netid]@rutgers.edu) email account.

HOW TO PREPARE 

Please review your settings at netid.rutgers.edu in advance.  On the left-hand side of the webpage scroll down then click on “Manage Email Addresses” this will take you to the NetID Login-CAS, enter your netid and password, click on the “Login” button. On the top of the page there will be tabs click on “Manage Email addresses” review the email addresses in the various boxes that will appear. Explanations of the email address labels are on the left-hand side of the page. You will want to check with your Information Technology specialist in your department before changing any of these settings/email addresses.  Scroll down to your “delivery email account”. For most of you, this will be an “[user]@connect.rutgers.edu” address. If so, attempt to log into your Connect inbox now if you do not already use it regularly (go to connect.rutgers.edu). URA-AFT only receives and uses the [netid]@rutgers.edu email. For most, this will show as the very first email address in the “personalized email addresses” box.

ANTICIPATING ISSUES

Correspondence about ratification will come from elections@ura-aft.org. The link to your ballot will come from “Election Runner”. Be ready to look for emails that may have been diverted into a “Junk” or “SPAM” folder. Here are some tips for dealing with Junk and SPAM filters:

Did you click the “not junk” button in Outlook? That might fix it — when something gets accidentally marked as Junk, outlook remembers who sent it and always sends their email to Junk. But when you click “not junk” that tells Outlook to stop doing that. In order to click on “it’s not junk” you will need to click on the email when it opens, you will see in red “it’s not junk” in the bar at the top of the email.

You can also look in your outlook settings, in the “Junk Mail” section. There’s a list of “blocked senders” and “safe senders” — you can delete the URA-AFT email address from the “blocked” list (if URA-AFT is on it) and add URA-AFT to the “safe” list.

Please email elections@ura-aft.org once you have verified that you did not actually receive the ballot.

COVID Updates — Week of January 18

Using the NJ Family Leave Act instead of your PTO for care of your children

Trying to understand management’s insistence on using our earned sick leave to address COVID — related child care?

Here are some tips from Yarrow Willman-Cole, former URA member and an advocate at NJ Citizen Action, about entitlements that may help us:

Workers may also apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA for this same reason. Here are the recommended tips for how to apply for the expanded Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA. 


1.Inform your employer in writing that you plan to apply for unemployment assistance for a PUA reason. Note: this is good practice but is not required by law. You can refer them to Updated Information for Employers & Businesses

2.To apply for PUA, you first apply for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Per federal rules you need to be found ineligible for traditional unemployment benefits, which means you need to apply and be denied, and then NJDOL will contact you and assess you for PUA. It could take several weeks to process your application.

3. Apply for Unemployment by following the COVID-19 certification guide.

You can see much of the above discussed on the NJ Department of Labor website. 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA, mentioned in the website has expired and is not being granted by most employers currently. PUA was also set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020 but was extended 11 weeks into 2021 currently.

SAS Faculty, Staff Stand Strong Against Cuts

On October 15, 2020, an emergency SAS faculty meeting was held in response to recently announced layoffs in multiple academic departments.  Both faculty and staff spoke out during the meeting against Executive Dean Peter March, his layoff decisions, lack of transparency, and a host of other failures.  Here is a selection of what occurred during the meeting:

Faculty resolution to reverse layoffs

Manufacturing Scarcity (PDF) — Presentation by Professor David Hughes, Department of Anthropology

Remarks from Christine O’Connell, President of URA-AFT

Remarks from Andrew Goldstone, Associate Professor of English