Under our union’s Constitution, URA participates in several different umbrella organizations. URA’s full-dues members are able to take part in the democratic process at every level of the labor movement by running for office as delegates to each of these organizations:
- AFT-New Jersey State Federation — unites all AFT education members in Pre-K-12 and Higher Education. Convention will be held April 20–21 at the Seaview hotel in Galloway, Atlantic County. Up to 10 delegates may be elected, in addition to the existing Delegate Assembly members, who were elected in September. Union release time will be provided for Friday, April 20.
- New Jersey AFL-CIO — the core of the labor movement in New Jersey, the AFL-CIO brings together both public and private sector unions. Up to 11 delegates may be elected to attend the Constitutional Convention, June 12–13 in Atlantic City. Union release time will be provided for travel on June 12 and for June 13.
- AFT National – Our national union is one of the biggest unions in the USA, with over 1.4 million members. The biennial national convention takes place this year from July 24–28 in Detroit, Michigan. URA is entitled to elect 20 delegates. The February membership meeting will vote on how many delegates our local can finance for travel, and expenses. Partial union release time will be provided .
Voting for all delegations will take place at the March General membership meeting. All members in good standing are eligible to be nominated, or to nominate themselves. All URA delegates are expected to attend all business sessions of the respective Convention, and appropriate educational workshops held in conjunction with these events. Travel, accommodations (dual occupancy), and IRS per diem expenses are provided from the URA budget.
The nomination form can be found at https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4013/c/818/images/delegatenomination2012.pdf.