URA and Union Activism this Fall

COPE Phone Banking & Labor Walks for Fall 2017

URA-AFT #1766 is participating in the annual NJ AFL-CIO Labor Walks and Phone Banks again this year. Members who participate will receive a $50 stipend for each Labor Walk and a $25 stipend for each Phone Bank 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 the same stipend.

AFT New Jersey Committee on Political Education (COPE) chair Kay Schechter spent Saturday morning on 9/16 in Neptune talking to union members about the upcoming election at the first round of weekly labor walks for this cycle.  Schechter and the COPE are swinging into action on behalf of AFT-endorsed candidates

for Governor, State Senate, Assembly and local races.“The union is coordinating weekly labor walks and evening phone bank outreach for voter education leading up to get out the vote in November,” Schechter said. “Please join us at your nearest Labor Walk (locations below) or at a phone bank at the AFTNJ office in Edison. This is one way the union builds political power to benefit our members and make New Jersey a better place to live.”

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AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Travel to Puerto Rico to Volunteer for Care and Relief Efforts

AFT Press Release : Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Latest in AFT’s Efforts to Support Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON—More than 24 American Federation of Teachers nurses, health professionals and public employees from across the country boarded a plane to Puerto Rico today to provide direct care and assist with relief efforts. They are part of a volunteer delegation of more than 300 union electricians, equipment engineers and other workers on a flight donated by United Airlines.

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Reminding the World Why the Labor Movement Still Matters

By Andrea Alexander | Oct 3 2017 (posted in Rutgers Today)
Angelica Santomauro runs the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of the labor movement
Angelica Santomauro outside the American Labor Museum, a national landmark where 20,000 workers met during the historic 1913 Paterson Silk Mill Strike.
Photo: Andrea Alexander
From a small house in Haledon that overlooks the historic Paterson silk mills – the scene of a pivotal labor strike in 1913 – Angelica Santomauro works to explain why the struggle of those workers more than 100 years ago is relevant today.

Santomauro, who holds a doctorate in education from Rutgers’ School of Graduate Studies, oversees the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of the labor movement. From a house that served as the meeting place for more than 20,000 silk mill workers during the strike – earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places – Santomauro spreads a message about the power of people to work collectively to bring change.

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Upcoming Meetings& Workshops

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

October 9 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus


URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

October 25 @ 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

U.R.A. Office, New Brunswick

Register for LEARN Classes Now

If you are a signed URA member and are interested in attending any of the LEARN programs please contact the URA office at 732–745‑0300 or union@ura-aft.org for scholarship information.

LEARN is opening their popular workshops on negotiation, arbitration and conflict resolution to the private sector. Formerly targeted only at the public sector, their bargaining workshops now deal with situations everyone confronts, no matter where or for whom they work. Register today! And ask them about their 6-course Pre-Registration Discount.

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Get Information on Union Plus Scholarships


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This is a great benefit available to our full dues members

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Consumer Tips from Union Plus:The Equifax Data Breach

Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Posted on September 11, 2017 in unionplus.org

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused.

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Welcome Back to RU with the URA!

Welcome Back and Lets Get to Work!

Welcome Back to the first e-news of the Fall Semester. You should receive the attached newsletter with tear-off form in campus mail soon.

It’s time to start thinking about our next union contract and discussing how we get a fair contract.  You can return the form via campus mail or by fax to (732) 745‑0400. But it’s even better to also discuss your responses with a steward, at a union meeting and within your own department. Call or email our office with any questions.

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URA-AFT Workshop: Does Your Job Title Match Your Job

Many of us find that our jobs have moved far away from our original job description. We may not even be doing duties appropriate to our job title.

The URA-AFT contract offers a process for employees to initiate our own reclassification. Learn about the process from a URA steward who has successfully self-initiated reclassification twice, and won salary increases and back pay.

URA Professional Development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed union members only; memberships are available at the door.

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Upcoming Meetings

URA-AFT General Membership Meeting (with video-conferencing to Newark and Camden)

September 18 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm EDT

Special Agenda: SAS Realignment


Busch Campus Lunchtime Meeting

September 21 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Rm. 201, McLaren Center for Ceramic Research Building

URA’s Darlene Smith Honored by National Coalition

Darlene Smith wears many hats…URA-AFT Executive Vice President, AFT-New Jersey Vice President, Secretary of the Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and President of New Jersey CLUW.She was honored this month with the Clara Day Award by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, at the organization’s national convention in Detroit.

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Public Service Announcement:

Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors

From URA Busch Steward Lisa Scott:

Tragedy has beset our fellow citizens along the coastline of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. As scenes of devastation are seen across various media platforms, we are calling on you to do your part in assisting those who have lost everything.

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are unable to do the same.  Please support “Project Pillow” for Harvey Survivors by donating a new pillow and let the hurricane victims rest easier.

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How’s that Cornerstone thing working out for ya?

URA-AFT steps in with Cornerstone Question & Answer Time.  New Brunswick Executive Board member Heather DeMeo will hold “office hours” on:

Date: Thursday, August 24

Time: 12 noon — 3:30 pm.

Place: Booth Ferris Room Dana Library, first floor.

 RSVP to dgrauer@ura-aft.org

Please let us know when you plan to arrive.  We are using a small room to keep the session focused and interactive.

URA-AFT professional development workshops are a membership benefit available to signed, dues-paying union members.  Membership applications are available at the door.

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