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Mental Health First Aid and Wellness


Stress … Grief … Fear … “The New Normal” … are all around us. 

URA-AFT invites you to Mental Health First Aid and Wellness with Mr. Leven Chuck Wilson, MSW, DHL, Assistant Director, AFT Health Issues.

Skills for staff to nourish our own mental wellness at work, and support others to do the same. 

July 26 – Newark, Room 020, CLJ Building 
July 27 – New Brunswick,  Room 115, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus

12:00- 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. 

RSVP by July 22, to khopfel@ura-aft.org 

Union release time is available for URA building reps and stewards. 

In order to provide better mental health and wellness support for our members, URA is looking to build our own Mental Health First Aid team.  If you are willing to commit to this, with ongoing training and a commitment to assist at least two members who may be referred to you , contact lmillerand@ura-aft.org  Release time can be provided for those volunteers.  For more health supplements that can boost your life, read here about some of the Natural alternatives to adderall.

If you are primarily interested in learning for your own wellness, you will need to use your own time.  We promise it will be a great mental health day.

Reproductive Rights = Worker Rights

URA-AFT supports reproductive choice and stands with people seeking access to abortion and related health care. Workers must have the right to make the profoundly personal choice of whether and when to bear children. The overturning of Roe vs. Wade is dangerous and directly impacts the right to privacy of our members. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization court opinions put at risk privacy-enshrined rights to contraception, interracial marriage and same-sex marriage. 

We stand in solidarity in the fight for reproductive justice and join fellow unions calling on legislators to take immediate steps to codify the federal right to abortion. We call on our U.S. Senators to protect reproductive rights and due process of law by ending the Senate filibuster rule. This crucial action can help end minority rule in the United States and open the door to government of, by and for the people. 

As state and federal governments enact laws that attack working people, URA-AFT will continue to fight for the issues which impact our members and the communities in which we live.

Tell Rutgers: Do Not End Expanded Telecommuting

On June 30, our current telecommuting arrangement expires. We are writing to demand the continuation of expanded telecommuting or “telework” until we sign our next contract, be that before or after June 30, 2022.

The perfect storm of a lingering pandemic, historically high fuel prices, inflation, and the climate crisis tell us that this is the time for Rutgers to take bold steps towards developing a 21st Century workplace and expanding telework options for all staff in alignment with the Rutgers Climate Action Plan and the Rutgers Academic Master Plan.

URA-AFT has been negotiating and advocating for expanded telecommuting options since 2007. Over and over we have heard “we’re not ready.”  

In March 2020, everything changed and Rutgers management realized that telework was essential to University operations. Under pressure, and without negotiating, management sent thousands of us home to work remotely.

Throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic, the resilience and flexibility of staff have ensured that Rutgers has maintained excellence in research, teaching, and service. In the midst of so much loss and uncertainty, we reimagined work, productivity, and work-life balance.

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