Category Archives: URA Contract

Bargaining Report; Membership Meeting

 


October Bargaining Updates
What Does It Take To Get A Fair Contract?
Tentative Agreements* (TA’s) were reached on two articles.

1. Bereavement Leave: One member spoke at the bargaining session in September; he was denied Bereavement Leave to attend his grandfather’s services because the arrangements for military honors pushed the date back many weeks.  Our T.A. provides up to 90 days to use Bereavement Leave.  The article also states that requests for vacation leave for bereavement will not be unreasonably denied.  (That’s already a protected right, but will assist our members and their managers in handling such situations).

2. Grievance Process: Management proposed eliminating Steps 1 and 2 of our Grievance procedure.  Although Step 1 is informal, unwritten and non‐precedential, URA stewards know it can be the most productive way to sit down with management and really problem‐solve.

The T.A. retains the four steps of the grievance process. First we attempt to resolve the program informally (Step 1). If that does not work, we look for a resolution with the second‐level supervisor of the person who filed the grievance (Step 2). For grievances not resolved within the department, we conduct a hearing with the Office of Labor Relations (Step 3), and the union may elect or go to binding arbitration (Step 4) through the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) to defend members and our contract.

*Tentative Agreement means that neither the union nor management will seek any further changes to this provision. The revised article becomes part of the new contract if and when the new contract is ratified by the membership.

URA also gave management two detailed proposals to improve working conditions.

One, for a new article that would integrate our legal rights to job protection under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), New Jersey Family Leave Act, NJ FLA and  N.J. Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE) with our rights to sick leave and other paid time off. This proposal would put members in all departments under a single, clear set of guidelines, and allow maximum flexibility for members and their families in crisis.

The other would merge existing articles on Layoff (Art. 21) and Seniority (Art. 42) and revise Salary Adjustments (Art. 39) to increase the definitions of the seniority units, increase in‐placement of members who have been laid off and peg salary adjustments to the workweek (35/37.5 or 40) and FLSA overtime status.

More bargaining dates are scheduled on November 7, 14 and 27.

We hope that an accelerated schedule of talks means that management is prepared to talk seriously about salaries, job security and health insurance costs.


The handful of union members at the bargaining table doesn’t mean much without the support of the hundreds of others across the University – including you!

This is what you can do in November:

November 12: Attend URA General Membership Meeting; Busch Campus Center, Room 116. Candidates for URA offices will make statements.

November 14: Join Bargaining Support rallies

Newark Campus 11am – 1 pm Samuels Plaza, Robeson Center Terrace

Cook Campus: 11:30 12:45 pm ASB II, Route 1 South (by Sears)

Sign up a co‐worker as a union member.

This June’s Supreme Court decision Janus V. AFSCME was designed to break union’s bargaining power. Well, URA’s membership is still growing. When you sign up, and sign up a co‐worker, you show management that you care about your future at Rutgers.

Host a building meeting.

Still not sure what’s going on at the table? Not clear what your rights are? Contact the URA office to schedule a lunchtime meeting with your co‐workers to get the latest news and discuss your hyper‐local concerns.

Give your Input: We all want fair pay. Take the Salary Improvement Survey to make your views clear: What does fair mean to you?


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Join Us At Our General Membership Meeting and Labor Walks

URA General Membership Meeting

October 15 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EDT

Room 116 ABC, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

Video‐conferencing with Newark and Camden Campus

Open to members only. Membership forms available at the door.

Agenda: Nominations of URA Officers and Candidates for AFTNJ Delegate Assembly


COPE 2018 Labor Walks Schedule

URAAFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ State AFLCIO Labor Walks again this year. Members who participate will receive a stipend for each Labor Walk 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 a stipend. See the below schedule or download it here.


Labor Walk 2018 Schedule for URAAFT Local #1766 (REVISED 10/9/18)

Saturdays: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and all day 11/6 Election Day

9:00 am to noon, and Election Day/GOTV – am and pm shifts

SUPER PRIORITY and Priority LABOR WALKS

URA member stipend — $50/walk & non‐member stipend — $25/walk

Read more here

Remember…the last day to register to vote in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 16th. Check to see if you are registered by going to https://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information.html#vrf.


Upcoming Event

URA General Membership Meeting

October 15 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EDT

Rm. 116 A, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

[with Video‐conferencing with Newark and Camden Campus]

Newark Campus Lunchtime Meeting

October 18 @ 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm EDT

Rm. 1123, Rutgers Business School, Newark


University Closure on December 24, 2018

You may have recently received an email from Senior Vice President Fernandez regarding university closure during this upcoming winter that said the following:

Employees in Legacy Rutgers Positions

Employees in legacy Rutgers positions shall not report to work unless otherwise instructed and are not required to charge credited leave time to receive compensation for the day. Employees in legacy Rutgers positions designated as Essential Services personnel, as defined in Policy 60.1.29, may be required to report for work on December 24, 2018 and remain at work that day as set forth in Policy 60.3.19.  

Keep in mind that this benefit for Rutgers staff was first negotiated by the URAAFT in 2007 and since then it has been extended by policy to others. This is one of the benefits of having a strong union and dedicated membership.


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URAAFT Bargaining Bulletin: September 2018

AT THE TABLE:

  • The URA Bargaining team met with Rutgers’ Management team for three bargaining sessions in September 2018, bringing the total number of sessions to 13 overall since April 2018.
  • Tentative agreements were reached on Article 38 (Safety Committee) and Article 47 (Union‐Employer Information Exchange). No new written proposals were exchanged with either side, but counterproposals were exchanged on Article 12 (Dining Services).
  • Union members presented personal testimonies to proposals including: Bereavement Leave, Employees Living on Campus, and Dining Services.
  • URA steward and subject expert Karen White from the Center for Women and Work at SMLR joined the team for a detailed discussion of management’s proposal on FMLA and other legal leave provisions. The URA’s information request to Rutgers management providing evidence of how Rutgers has administered FMLA/NJFLA/NJSAFE leave is still outstanding.

Why so much talk about FMLA and Sick Leave?

URA and our coalition partners are emphasizing protection for our FMLA and Sick Leave rights. Over 10 years, we have observed that Rutgers does NOT give equal treatment or provide clear guidelines on how to administer these legal protections.

Work/family balance…We have made many gains in this area:

  • Expanding sick time to care for family members from 5 to 15 days
  • Educating members on what laws like FMLA, NJFLA and NJSAFE can provide, and
  • Guaranteeing the right to use sick time for medical appointments

Now, we are bargaining to establish clear, fair and workable contract language to protect our members who face health challenges. If Rutgers really believes in employee wellness, as it claims to, we believe that a win‐win agreement can be found.

Real News from Management? Or not…

Don’t be fooled by Vivian Fernandez’s emails touting recent agreements with unions and their offer of 3% raises to the Teamsters and even some non‐aligned employees.

You need to know that the Teamsters Local 97 only represents 1,700 employees in legacy UMDNJ titles and the Fraternal Order of Police Local 164, approximately 43 superior officers. Our URAAFT 1766 represents 2,500 employees.

You also need to know what Vivian is leaving out of her emails:

  • The Teamsters’ agreement says nothing about health insurance costs. How much of their increase will be eaten up by health care contributions? They don’t know.
  • The Teamsters’ agreement does not protect their members’ jobs from massive privatization—Barchi and Strom are giving Rutgers’ clinical operations around the state to Barnabas Health…where Teamster jobs will be replaced by RWJ‐Barnabas workers.
  • The Teamsters agreed to language that will limit their rights to sick leave and FMLA/NJFLA protection. (See description of URA bargaining above.) Their FMLA will be charged concurrently with sick time (a major crisis could put one’s job in jeopardy much faster than the benefits URAAFT members have now).
  • The Fraternal Order of Police Local 164 agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2014 and runs out June 30, 2019 – meaning they will be back at the bargaining table in less than a year!
  • Finally, non‐aligned staff (Managerial, Professional, Supervisory and Confidential employees) have been “given” 3% for this year, but still don’t know how much their healthcare contributions will be…AND, they have no job security at all. They are “at‐will employees” and can be fired at any time, for any reason.

Vivian Fernandez’s emails are calculated to persuade you to be disgruntled about and question the value of your union membership, in general, and tempt you into becoming impatient with unfinished contract negotiations involving YOUR own union.

Watch this video to see what union members are doing to ensure we negotiate a strong contract, not a meaningless sweetheart deal, that will benefit YOU as a URA member.

Join union members Thursday in Camden in their fight for contracts:

Between noon and 1 PM on October 4 members from all the unions on campus will be gathering in front of the Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn St., Camden, NJ for a speak out session. At 1:30 PM we will speak to the Board of Governors to insist that contract be settled inside the campus center.