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Welcome Back to RU with the URA!

Welcome Back and Lets Get to Work!

Welcome Back to the first e-news of the Fall Semester. You should receive the attached newsletter with tear-off form in campus mail soon.

It’s time to start thinking about our next union contract and discussing how we get a fair contract.  You can return the form via campus mail or by fax to (732) 745‑0400. But it’s even better to also discuss your responses with a steward, at a union meeting and within your own department. Call or email our office with any questions.

Read more here


URA-AFT Workshop: Does Your Job Title Match Your Job

Many of us find that our jobs have moved far away from our original job description. We may not even be doing duties appropriate to our job title.

The URA-AFT contract offers a process for employees to initiate our own reclassification. Learn about the process from a URA steward who has successfully self-initiated reclassification twice, and won salary increases and back pay.

URA Professional Development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed union members only; memberships are available at the door.

Read more here for the workshop dates and times


Upcoming Meetings

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting (with video-conferencing to Newark and Camden)

September 18 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Special Agenda: SAS Realignment

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Busch Campus Lunchtime Meeting

September 21 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Rm. 201, McLaren Center for Ceramic Research Building


URA’s Darlene Smith Honored by National Coalition

Darlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT Executive Vice President, AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit.

Read more here


Public Service Announcement:

Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors

From URA Busch Steward Lisa Scott: 

Tragedy has beset our fellow citizens along the coastline of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. As scenes of devastation are seen across various media platforms, we are calling on you to do your part in assisting those who have lost everything.

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are unable to do the same.  Please support “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors by donating a new pillow and let the hurricane victims rest easier.

Read more here

Public Service Announcement: “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors

From URA Busch Steward Lisa Scott:

Tragedy has beset our fellow citizens along the coastline of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.  As scenes of devastation are seen across various media platforms, we are calling on you to do your part in assisting those who have lost everything.

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are unable to do the same.  Please support “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors by donating a new pillow and let the hurricane victims rest easier.

Rutgers Credit Unions on all campuses: New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark, will accept monetary donations.

Pillows will be collected from Sept. 8th through Sept. 22nd. Pillows should be new, in the original packaging or sealed in a plastic bag. They can be dropped off at the following locations throughout Rutgers-New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden, and Newark.

 Drop Off Locations:

  • Livingston Campus
    • Livingston Student Center
    • Livingston Recreation Center
  • Busch Campus
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Busch Student Center
    • Sonny Werblin Recreation Center
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • College Ave Campus
    • College Ave Gym
    • College Ave Student Center
    • Records Hall – Student Accounting Office
    • Fraternity & Sorority Affairs — 84 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ from 9am – 5pm
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • Cook/Douglass Campus
    • Cook Student Center
    • Douglass Student Center
  • URA AFT — 57 Paterson Street, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, NJ from 9am -5pm
  • Newark
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • Camden
    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union
  • Piscataway Mayor’s Office - 455 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ
  • Piscataway Senior Center 700 Buena Vista Avenue, Piscataway NJ

FAQ’s

Are pillows the only items being collected? Yes, only new pillows are being collected by “Project Pillow”.
Are cash donations being collected? Yes, cash donations will be accepted by all Rutgers Federal Credit Unions

Are volunteers needed? Yes, please contact us via email at summereg@registrar.rutgers.edu, with your full name, contact number, and we will contact you soon!

Please feel free to contact any of the below “Project Pillow” Team Leaders, with additional questions.

  1. Pat Bongiovi pat.bongiovi@rutgers.edu
  2. Slloydda Burgess  ssb161@registrar.rutgers.edu
  3. Pamela Callender pcallender@rutgersfcu.org
  4. Kimyada O’Neal    slappy@sa.rutgers.edu
  5. Brittany Pryor brittany.pryor@rutgers.edu
  6. Mary Beth Rehrer marybeth.rehrer@oq.rutgers.edu
  7. Lisa Scott lsscott@registrar.rutgers.edu
  8. Dylan Tsague dylantsague@gmail.com
  9. Tia Williams tlw140@registrar.rutgers.edu

Thank you in advance for your support of “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors!

Read more about “Project Pillow” and other relief efforts here.

Thanksgiving Message from the URA and the NJ State AFL-CIO

The URA office will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Break.   Please see the message below from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

Thanksgiving: A Time to Come Together in Solidarity

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Thanksgiving is the time of year that we join together with our family and friends to share a hearty meal and appreciate the important things in life.  Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our union family for all the work that you do. Our labor movement will always have battles to fight, but it is because of your dedication and persistence that we continue to forge forward.

History shows the countless gains we have made through union solidarity, including higher wages, safer working conditions and the right to speak with one collective voice for better workplaces. This year has been a long and tough one, but we are made stronger through our solidarity. It’s more important than ever to remain active in our locals and steadfast in our values.

There are many ways to show our solidarity from talking to our friends and family about the importance of unions to putting together a union shopping list for the holidays. Before you shop be sure to visit www.labor411.org for an extensive list of union-made products.

We extend our gratitude to our wonderful affiliates, to those who lead their locals, and to our Central Labor Councils and Building Trades Councils. Thank you for all you have done throughout this year and will continue to do to keep our labor movement strong. Your efforts show that when we stand together, we achieve our goals together.

We wish all of our brothers and sisters a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

In Unity,

Charles Wowkanech
President
Laurel Brennan
Secretary-Treasurer
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is a proud partner of Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.