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Note: After submittal, you will receive an email confirming your enrollment.  If you do not receive this email soon after submittal, you should contact the union office at 732–745-0300 to discuss the technical issue or try using a different web browser. An alternative is to submit a paper application by downloading the PDF below.  You will not be charged dues twice for duplicate submittals.

Since 2007, URA-AFT has been a member-led organization. The power of URA-AFT is in the membership and our collective voice. If you are not a member, you are relying on your member-colleagues to pay dues, and you will have no input on negotiated workplace rights.  These include our raises, promotions, medical and dental insurance, telecommuting and other benefits that are not negotiated at the department level. 


Download applicationNew URA AFT Membership Form 2022 revised

If you prefer to download a hard copy of the membership application to print, sign and return, you may do so here.

You’re Already Benefiting from a Union Job

Your union job already provides job security, fair disciplinary practices, scheduled pay raises, and our right to negotiate directly with Rutgers’ decision-makers. Only unions have guaranteed Weingarten Rights and collective bargaining rights guaranteed by New Jersey statute.

Only members can participate in the union with voting privileges on important union issues including contract ratification and elections of officers.

Your membership works on your behalf too–more members mean a stronger voice with Rutgers and in Trenton and Washington to shape policies that affect our retirement, healthcare and working conditions. Recent accomplishments include: a union-led health insurance plan, paid family leave rights, stronger union rights in the work place, and guaranteed paid sick leave.

Dues: not just an individual financial choice
Dues provide necessary funding of our operations to advocate on everyone’s behalf and to negotiate our URA-AFT contract.  A percentage goes to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which provides us with national support on a range of important issues. The majority stays with URA-AFT to fund negotiations, legal, outreach and educational activities.  URA-AFT is a chartered affiliate local of AFT, AFT New Jersey and the AFL-CIO.

Dues are set at 1.2% of your annual base salary (divided by each bi-weekly paycheck). URA members voted in favor of this dues rate in 2007. No dues are paid on bonus or lump-sum payments or overtime pay, only base salary. You can use the chart below to calculate your URA-AFT dues.  Dues may typically be reported as an itemized deduction on your income tax returns (refer to your final pay stub in December).

Annual salary Dues Rate Dues per pay period
30,000 0.012 13.85
35,000 0.012 16.15
40,000 0.012 18.46
45,000 0.012 20.77
50,000 0.012 23.08
55,000 0.012 25.38
60,000 0.012 27.69
65,000 0.012 30.00
70,000 0.012 32.31
75,000 0.012 34.62
80,000 0.012 36.92
85,000 0.012 39.23
90,000 0.012 41.54
95,000 0.012 43.85

Join Today

Complete a membership application to join URA-AFT today. Your steward can collect the application or call your URA local office at 732–745-0300 to arrange for pick up.