Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 31, 2017

aftnj_nyscholarshipTo honor Nick Yovnello, former President of AFT College Council and longtime fighter for workers’ rights and expanded educational access, the AFTNJ awards one scholarship of $1,000 to an eligible student activist who demonstrates a commitment to fight for social and economic justice.

Scholarship Eligibility
• The AFTNJ Nicholas Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship Award is open to any AFTNJ member in good standing who has been a member for at least one year – or a family member of an AFTNJ member in good standing who has been a member for at least one year.
• For AFTNJ members or family members, the scholarship award is open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in either a public college, trade school or a union apprenticeship program.
• The scholarship award is also open to seniors, public college or trade school students currently attending an AFTNJ represented school. Applicants must submit a recommendation from an AFTNJ member in good standing.
• Children or legal dependents of AFTNJ or local union staff are also eligible for this scholarship opportunity.
• Application deadline is December 31, 2017. All required components must be completed and received by close of business.


Open the Books Recap and Other Seasonal Events

Five Things We Learned When We Opened Rutgers’ Books

Dear Colleague,

At our Open the Books events on November 9, Howard Bunsis, professor of accounting, used Rutgers’ own audited books and budgets to reveal that faculty and staff continue to generate big profits for the university. This treasure trove of information will be invaluable to all of the nearly 20,000 unionized employees heading into bargaining in early 2018.

Despite repeated requests, Rutgers refused to share its audited 2016–2017 financial reports, therefore data below is based on 2015–2016 numbers. Notably, even private institutions as well as our Big Ten peers post updated data on their websites, while regrettably Rutgers’ financial data remains incomplete, out-of-date and opaque.

Here are Five Things We Learned from Professor Bunsis. You can click here to watch the video of the Open the Books presentation.

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Upcoming Events

URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

December 11 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EST

Room 135–33 Knightsbridge Road, Piscataway


Camden URA-AFT Holiday Party

December 20 @ 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm EST

West A-B-C, Camden Campus Center, Camden

Celebrating 10 Years, Thank You!

We, the URA-AFT would like to thank all of you — members, staff, supporters, and guests who joined us at our holiday party on Monday, December 4th to celebrate our 10 years of existence as the Union of Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers, Local 1766. We would also like to thank the early afternoon participants of our steward training that was wonderfully led by Don Dileo. Pictures of those and other recent events can be found on our Facebook page at

 Keep Our Labor-Endorsed Candidate on the PERS Board of Trustees, Vote by 1/5/18


Between now and January 5th, 2018, nominations are open for the State employee representative on the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board of Trustees. Right now, because State Workers have been united in our support of Labor-endorsed candidates, we hold a majority on the Board. We have an opportunity to nominate our Union Brother, Carey Brown for re-election to the PERS Board of Trustees.

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Protect Our Tuition Benefits Today!

The Republicans’ tax proposal will tax our tuition benefits AND end the deduction for interest payments on student loans. How many of us took our Rutgers jobs for the tuition benefits? This would hurt us badly. Vote could come today. Please sign and share immediately!

The Republican tax bill currently before Congress will have a severe negative impact on students and higher education in the US. Sign the AAUP’s petition…

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