Keep Camden in the Family

The URA’s membership meeting on January 30 unanimously adopted a motion proposed by Camden members to oppose a merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University. URA members from Camden have already gotten active in opposition to the proposal. They will need support from union members across the University to get the message to Old Queens and to Trenton.

The URA Camden campus meeting unanimously called upon the URA Executive Board to join the AAUP-AFT’s call for a consortium (, not a merger as a solution to increasing higher education resources for Camden. The Board accepted this recommendation at the February 6 meeting.

The Rutgers One student-labor-alumni coalition also supports the consortium concept.

URA has been participating for several months in a multi-union roundtable on Rutgers-UMDNJ merger,” said Lucye Millerand, URA President. “The Rowan-Rutgers merger is something different. The Barer report ignores what South Jersey would lose if Rutgers leaves Camden: an AAU university, a world-class research library system, an accredited business school, and a law school with a national reputation…the Barer committee wants us to believe these can be duplicated with no new funding.”

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Salary Increase Update

URA members will soon see the fruit of their efforts from the ratification of the Salary Freeze Settlement and MOA.  The payout dates of the initial bonus and increases are:

  • Lump Sum payment of $1000 due in the 2/17/2012 paycheck – Eligible: URA members must be on the University’s payroll on the date the MOA was ratified (January 23, 2012) and continue to be on the payroll through the date the payment is made.
  • Across-the-Board (2.25% retro to 4/1/2011) due in the 3/16/2012 paycheck. Eligible: on University’s payroll in a URA position on March 31, 2011, and remain on payroll in a URA position on March 16, 2012. New employees at the minimum for their range are also eligible.
  • Across-the-Board (2.25% retro to 2/1/2012) due in the 3/16/2012 paycheck. Eligible: on the University’s payroll in a URA position on January 31, 2012. (This raise is compounded on the April 1, 2011 raise, so if you receive both raises, your total raise is slightly over 4.5%).

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AFT Endorses Barak Obama

This morning the AFT executive council voted to endorse the candidacy of Barack Obama for president in 2012. Watch this message from AFT President Randi Weingarten on the endorsement.

 Watch why AFT endorses Obama!


Education, jobs and the economy continue to be the top issues confronting our members and the country. When President Obama took office, he inherited an economy on the verge of collapse. Over the past three years, he has proposed and fought for legislation—despite an implacable Congress—that has worked to stabilize the economy, save jobs and prevent cuts to vital services that Americans depend on.

See where the candidates stand on issues that matter to our members by visiting AFT’s new 2012 Election website.

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