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URA Office Closed for Thanksgiving Break

The URA office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23–24, 2017 for Thanksgiving Break.  We wish you a safe and sound holiday.

The following is a message from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

Thankful For Union Solidarity

AFL-CIOThanksgiving2017There is much to be thankful for this year, but one thing we can all appreciate is the value of labor’s collective voice. We are fortunate to live in a time and place where all workers have the right to join together in unions to advocate for respect, dignity and justice on the job and in their communities. Furthermore, through the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program, no other state has done more to elevate the voice of workers across all levels of government.

We have emerged from eight years of a disastrous anti-labor administration, thanks in large part to our unity. Now, we have an opportunity to build a prosperous future based on our shared middle class values and the belief that all workers must look out for one another. It’s no secret that what affects one sector of the labor movement can easily affect us all, and that is why labor solidarity is so important.

Here in New Jersey, we have the privilege to live in a state where our collective voice is strong, our mission is clear, and our gains will be determined by our willingness to work for them. This among the many gifts we enjoy from life, are reason to be thankful.

As always, we thank our union brothers and sisters for their work on behalf of our labor movement as well as our many progressive community partners. We wish all a Thanksgiving filled with happiness, good health, and gratitude for the days and work ahead.

In Unity,

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

URA and Union Activism this Fall

COPE Phone Banking & Labor Walks for Fall 2017

URA-AFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ AFL-CIO Labor Walks and Phone Banks again this year. Members who participate will receive a $50 stipend for each Labor Walk and a $25 stipend for each Phone Bank they participate in. Each member is encouraged to bring a relative/friend over 18 yrs old with them to participate and they will also receive the same stipend.

AFT New Jersey Committee on Political Education (COPE) chair Kay Schechter spent Saturday morning on 9/16 in Neptune talking to union members about the upcoming election at the first round of weekly labor walks for this cycle.  Schechter and the COPE are swinging into action on behalf of AFT-endorsed candidates

for Governor, State Senate, Assembly and local races.“The union is coordinating weekly labor walks and evening phone bank outreach for voter education leading up to get out the vote in November,” Schechter said. “Please join us at your nearest Labor Walk (locations below) or at a phone bank at the AFTNJ office in Edison. This is one way the union builds political power to benefit our members and make New Jersey a better place to live.”

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AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Travel to Puerto Rico to Volunteer for Care and Relief Efforts

AFT Press Release : Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Latest in AFT’s Efforts to Support Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON—More than 24 American Federation of Teachers nurses, health professionals and public employees from across the country boarded a plane to Puerto Rico today to provide direct care and assist with relief efforts. They are part of a volunteer delegation of more than 300 union electricians, equipment engineers and other workers on a flight donated by United Airlines.

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Reminding the World Why the Labor Movement Still Matters

By Andrea Alexander | Oct 3 2017 (posted in Rutgers Today)
Angelica Santomauro runs the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of the labor movement
Angelica Santomauro outside the American Labor Museum, a national landmark where 20,000 workers met during the historic 1913 Paterson Silk Mill Strike.
Photo: Andrea Alexander
From a small house in Haledon that overlooks the historic Paterson silk mills – the scene of a pivotal labor strike in 1913 – Angelica Santomauro works to explain why the struggle of those workers more than 100 years ago is relevant today.

Santomauro, who holds a doctorate in education from Rutgers’ School of Graduate Studies, oversees the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of the labor movement. From a house that served as the meeting place for more than 20,000 silk mill workers during the strike – earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places – Santomauro spreads a message about the power of people to work collectively to bring change.

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Upcoming Meetings& Workshops

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

October 9 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus


URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

October 25 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

U.R.A. Office, New Brunswick

Register for LEARN Classes Now

If you are a signed URA member and are interested in attending any of the LEARN programs please contact the URA office at 732–745‑0300 or for scholarship information.

LEARN is opening their popular workshops on negotiation, arbitration and conflict resolution to the private sector. Formerly targeted only at the public sector, their bargaining workshops now deal with situations everyone confronts, no matter where or for whom they work. Register today! And ask them about their 6-course Pre-Registration Discount.

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Get Information on Union Plus Scholarships


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This is a great benefit available to our full dues members

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Consumer Tips from Union Plus:The Equifax Data Breach

Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Posted on September 11, 2017 in

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused.

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Consumer Tips from Union Plus:The Equifax Data Breach