Tentative Agreement FAQs

When do we get our raises?  Is there retro pay?
Payroll will implement raises after ratification.  All raises for this contract will be implemented on July 1 of each fiscal year. Year 1 (FY18-19) retroactive pay has to be calculated for each individual, so Payroll will need additional time.  The raise for Year 2 will be effective on July 1, 2019.

Did we lose anything? 
Last year the United States Supreme Court ended agency fees which allowed unions to charge non-members for the cost of representation at the bargaining table and in grievances. This contract reflects that reality—all the more reason to join the union for stronger protections.

URA agreed to changes in administration of leave under FMLA and NJFLA laws, which will now run concurrently with sick time – if the employee invokes that protection.  In exchange, we gained the right to use 60 days of our own accrued sick time for care of our family members.  URA also protected the right to use sick time to extend a leave of absence without discipline, and the confidentiality of medical information.  Our protections are now the strongest at Rutgers.  Finally, we ensured that related University policies and state-level programs like TDI, FLI & NJ SAFE can continue to be used at your own discretion.

Can we see the whole contract?
The new articles will be published on the URA website and announced via email as soon as possible.  The 2014–2018 contract is already on the website.  After the agreement is ratified, we will proofread it with management, and formally sign the agreement.  Union members will get printed copies of the contract in the fall.

Who can vote on the contract?
Anyone who is a union member on the day of ratification can vote.  Anyone who applies for membership on the day of ratification gets a provisional vote. Members who previously revoked their membership cannot vote or attend membership-only meetings unless they sign a membership application to re-join the union.

You do NOT need a union membership card or other identification to vote.

2018–2022 Agreement Highlights

Salary Improvements– Across-the-board raises for four years: 3%, 3%, 3%, & 2.5%. The raise for Year 1 (FY 2018–19) will be retroactive to July 1, 2018 and paid after ratification.  SCP performance appraisals will continue each year but will not be tied to your raises.  The minimum and maximum of each salary grade will increase by the same percentages in every year.

You are eligible to receive the raises if you are on active payroll status on the date of ratification (year 1) and on June 30 of each subsequent year (years 2, 3 & 4).

Salary Adjustments for Pay Inequities – One-time in-grade salary adjustments may now be made for “internal and external” pay disparities.

Health Insurance- URA will join a multi-union negotiation with Rutgers and the State of NJ to negotiate health insurance plans that give high quality at lower cost.

Job Security -Limits to management’s ability to post “temp” jobs to do URA-AFT work.

Sick Leave- Up to 60 of employee’s own sick days can be used per year for care of seriously ill family member.  We also improved the rules related to using your accrued sick time after returning from a layoff.

Bereavement- Extends bereavement leave to cover funeral/interment/memorial services within 90 days—now the strongest language throughout the University.

Telecommuting- Current telecommuting policy is extended to exempt URA employees.

Union’s rights- Additional data provided to union for contract enforcement, “grows” bargaining unit with new Class 3 (temporary) and Class 4 (casual) titles, improves union rep. access to members at worksites.

Other– We also negotiated changes on contract articles related to: administrative leave, alternate work schedules for taking courses, auto liability, Dining Services employees, direct deposit, grievance procedure, job openings, just cause/discipline, military leave, non-discrimination, non-hostile work environment, probationary employees, reclassification, health and safety, and handicap parking.

Contract Ratification Voting

Thursday, June 13

Camden
11:00 am — 2:00 pm, Campus Center, Lobby area

New Brunswick/Piscataway
8:00 — 10:00 am, 33 Knightsbridge Road, room A306
12:00 noon — 2:00 pm, Livingston Student Center
12:00 noon — 2:00 pm, Busch Student Center
12:00 noon — 2:00 pm, College Avenue Student Center
3:00 — 7:00 pm, Cook, Labor Education Center Lobby

Downtown New Brunswick
12:00 noon — 2:00 pm, URA-AFT Office, 57 Paterson St., Second Floor

Newark
8:30 — 10:30 am, Robeson Campus Center, ground floor
11:30 am — 1:30 pm, RBS, 1 Washington Park, Lobby area
2:00 — 4:00 pm, CLJ, Rutgers Law School, Ground Floor

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