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URAAFT Newsletter – Week of 5‐14‐2012

Merit Raises Due In October: SCP Season Isn’t Over Yet

MC900290290-calenderThough the April 30 deadline for complete your SCP has come and gone, there are still several things you need to keep in mind before October 1, when receipt of the third salary increase provided in 2012 under the URA Agreement are distributed:

A. If you have not done so already, you can still send a self‐appraisal/comment to your SCP but it must be submitted before June 1, 2012

B. Those who were not given an evaluation by the April 30 deadline will automatically receive a 2.25% merit raise effective October 1, 2012

C. Everyone whose overall rating is “Meets Standards” must receive a minimum increase of 2%. The maximum merit increase is 4%. You can only receive a merit‐based bonus if you are at the top of your salary grade. You must be employed at Rutgers in a URA position to be eligible for the October raise.

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Legislative Breakfast

Wednesday, May 23

Rutgers AAUPAFT & URAAFT

URA members are invited to join the Rutgers AAUPAFT and other higher education unions.

Our State Legislators will to discuss important higher education issues. Governor Christie’s proposed higher education re‐organization including Rutgers‐UMDNJ units in New Brunswick /Piscataway and Rutgers‐Rowan will be key to these discussions.

Members of the Legislature from Central New Jersey as well as members of the Higher Education, Health and Budget committees have been invited.

Wednesday, May 23

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Busch Dining Room A (Lot 67B)

RSVP to lmillerand@ura-aft.org by Monday, May 21 (Note: this invitation is to “full dues”, “signed” union members. Members who need union release time to attend should discuss with their supervisor ASAP and reply by Friday, May 18)


Camden Has A New URA Leader

Alexis Rivera

Alexis Rivera Alvarado, a Project Coordinator in the Camden Registrar’s office has been elected by the URA Executive Board to fill the vacant position of Camden campus Vice President.

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URA Leaders are Recent Rutgers Grads

Join us in congratulating several of our stewards for their hard work and accomplishments:

Joyce SagiJoyce Sagi, Cook steward and Health & Safety Committee Chair graduated Fri. 5/11/12 from SMLR/LEARN’s Employment Law for Union Representatives program.

EricEric Himsel Himsel, Lead steward on Busch Campus graduated Sat. 5/12/12 from SMLR’s Master of Human Resource Management program.

MarilynMarilyn Tankiewicz Tankiewicz, steward on the College Avenue Campus graduated Sat. 5/12/12 with honors with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in both Labor Relations and                                                                                           Psychology.

 

We wish them continued success. If you or another URA member is a recent graduate please let us know so we can join you in celebrating.

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Merit Raises Due In October: SCP Season Isn’t Over Yet

MC900290290-calenderThough the April 30 deadline for complete your SCP has come and gone, there are still several things you need to keep in mind before October 1, when receipt of the third salary increase provided in 2012 under the URA Agreement are distributed:

A. If you have not done so already, you can still send a self‐appraisal/comment to your SCP but it must be submitted before June 1, 2012

B. Those who were not given an evaluation by the April 30 deadline will automatically receive a 2.25% merit raise effective October 1, 2012

C. Everyone whose overall rating is “Meets Standards” must receive a minimum increase of 2%. The maximum merit increase is 4%. You can only receive a merit‐based bonus if you are at the top of your salary grade. You must be employed at Rutgers in a URA position to be eligible for the October raise.

D. The merit award letters will no longer be mailed to you; you will be able to see your salary award letter online on or about October 1 at the UHR website at http://www.uhr.rutgers.edu

E. You can appeal your evaluation if 1) the procedures were not followed, 2) that there was a demonstrable factual inconsistency, or 3) that you were not evaluated according to the performance standards for your job. The deadline for this appeal is 30 days from the time you receive the October letter. If you believe your evaluation is incorrect, you should start the process now with Step 1 above. For information about appealing a SCP evaluation click here and review Appendix F of the URA Contract for complete details

If any member has a question about their SCP, they should contact their steward or call or email the URA office.

URAAFT Newsletter — Week of 4‐30‐2012

Vacation Policy Transition—Make It Work For You

{Vacation Picture}In 2010, University HR proposed changes to the vacation policy for staff.  URA called for negotiations to protect our unit members and negotiated a letter of agreement which applies specifically to URA members.  Both documents can be viewed on the URA website http://www.ura-aft.org/node/500.   The URA negotiating team found most members who had accrued high amounts of vacation accrual did so because their requests to use vacation time had been denied.  The new vacation policy which we negotiated states for the first time states that “Requests for vacations shall not be unreasonably denied.

Now, as we approach the end of fiscal year 2011–2012 and face the summer vacation season, URA members should consider how to use this policy to their best advantage. Keep in mind that by July 1, 2013 it will be almost impossible to “roll over” more than one year’s vacation allowance.

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Reflections of the AFTNJ Convention

URA activists had the opportunity to attend the AFTNJ Convention in Galloway, NJ the weekend of April 20 and 21.  Besides attending workshops and serving as URA delegates to AFTNJ, the state federation of AFT, members were able to network with other AFT colleagues. Participants had this to say about their experience…

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Off Campus Meets at Convention

{Off Campus Mbrs Picture - l to r: Shari Harding, Peter Fazzino, Christine O'Connell & Louella Heaton}Christine O’Connell, chair of our Off Campus Concerns committee, took the AFTNJ convention experience to another level by inviting some off campus members to participate at the April 20th event.  She noted that  The highlight of the weekend for me was after  dinner when I discovered that several off campus members of the URA had joined us.  It was fabulous having an impromptu off campus meeting to discuss issues that pertain to our department only.

(Pictured l to r: Shari Harding, Peter Fazzino, Christine O’Connell & Louella Heaton)

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Health and Safety Committee Wins Award

{Workers Memorial Award picture}During the weekend of April 20–22, 2012 the URA-AFT’s Health and Safety Committee received the Annual Workers’ Memorial Award.  This was presented at the AFT’s 35th Annual Paraprofessional and School‐Related Personnel (PSRP) Conference held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.   This award is presented to selected locals for doing good work around health and safety issues.

Amy Bahruth, Assistant Director of AFT’s Health and Safety Program and Rutgers AFTAAUP member, accepted the award on behalf of the URA at the PSRP Workers’ Memorial Day Luncheon.  Reporting back from the conference Amy noted that the award was presented to the URA’s Health and Safety committee because it has developed an active and rigorous health and safety agenda for its members on all three Rutgers University campuses, in addition to off campus locations.

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