New Year, Same Issues…Now Let’s Get A Contract!

Cornerstone Survey 2018…check your email

Please look for the Cornerstone Survey in your Rutgers e-mail that was sent on 1/12/18. It was sent via Survey Monkey on behalf of URA President Lucye Millerand “”. Management needs to know what our members think. We are getting great feedback and comments so far. Thank you to everyone who is participating!

The URA-AFT has signed on as a sponsor of the Women’s March on New Jersey 2018 in Morristown. The march will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Morristown Town Hall, 200 South Street, Morristown, NJ.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women since last year’s historic demonstration of resistance through sister marches across the country.  Since that time women have run for office in record numbers, organized, told their stories, listened, and voted. This is the opportunity to again   mobilize women across New Jersey continue working towards equity and justice.

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URA General Membership Meeting

5:30 pm, Monday January 22, 2018

Room 133, Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, Douglass Campus — click here for directions and more information

Agenda Items:

2018 Contract: What do we want? How do we get it?

  • Rutgers Finances
  • Health Insurance on the table again
  • Pay equity
  • Workloads
  • Choosing our Bargaining Team
  • Update on Optum RX

Upcoming Events

Join the Women’s March on NJ 2018 this Saturday, Jan. 20th

January 20 @ 11:00 am — 1:00 pm EST

Morristown Town Hall, Morristown, NJ


URA-AFT General Membership Meeting

January 22 @ 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm EST

Rm. 133, Labor Education Center, Cook Campus


URA-AFT Workshop: Understanding the Reclassification Process 101

January 31 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EST

Room 4052 West Wing, Rutgers Academic Building-CAC

Update on Optum RX Prescription Transition

The URA is working with the Division of Pensions and Benefits on recent changes that were made to the prescription plan.

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Register Now for LEARN Classes for this Spring Semester

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 for scholarship information. LEARN runs certificate programs in Public Sector Labor Relations; Negotiation, Arbitration & Conflict Resolution; and Workplace Investigations. Classes meet NJ Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements (6 hours) and are eligible for Continuing Education Units (0.5 CEUs). Each class is $270.00 and are held during the day, from 9am-4pm at the Labor Education Center, Rutgers University, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Apply for Union Plus Scholarships Now…Deadline is Jan. 31st

Union Plus Scholarships for Union Members and Their Children | Union Plus

This is a great benefit available to our full dues members:


Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.

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Rutgers Staff—Orphans of the Storm?

Old Queens’ decision to ignore the dangerous weather conditions on Thursday, January 4, 2018 represents a return to the dangerous, irresponsible attitude to staff safety that we saw during Superstorm Sandy. As schools and State offices delayed openings and then closed, and one county actually banned travel on county roads, Rutgers Administration opened for normal operation on Thursday morning.

The fact that very few classes were in session (Winter Session only), and few students and faculty were on campus means that the effect of this decision was almost entirely upon the staff. When Old Queens reacted to a similar weather event by closing the University on January 3, 2014 it seemed that a lesson had been learned. Now, it seems staff safety has again been forgotten for the sake of a few thousand dollars of overtime pay.

URA members should be aware of the following:

The URA-Rutgers Agreement protects your right to use your accrued personal or vacation time if you either arrive late or leave early on a day when classes are cancelled on your campus. (Winter Session classes were cancelled at 2 pm on 1/4/18).

The Agreement also ties attendance for County office employees to the county in which they work. For example, Atlantic County employees should not report to work if the County closes its offices.

If you used your vacation or personal time for part of the day yesterday, no personal time should be charged for any hours you would normally have worked after the 2 pm closing was declared. (e.g., if you work 8:00–4:00 you record 2 hours of O, but if your schedule takes you to 5:30, then 3.5 hours should be recorded as O.

Our first contract in 2007 gave us the right to use our vacation time in inclement weather without fear of denial. Our campaign against the University’s indifference to staff safety during Superstorm Sandy gave us years of prudent application of weather policy. As we go into bargaining our next contract, this is an item which will be back on the table.

Adverse Weather Conditions and University Closings Information

As we head into the throes of winter make sure you are knowledgeable about the rights afforded to you under Article 51 “University Closings” of our contact, which can be found here. County employees should follow the operating status for county facilities, not Rutgers, in regards to university closings. The Rutgers policy on “ATTENDANCE DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS”, also known as policy 60.1.29 can be found at During inclement weather employees should be aware of the University’s Operating Status by checking their campus’ homepage. Also become familiar with Rutgers’ Emergency Action Plan for “Adverse Weather”, which can be found at A great way to stay on top of the campus emergency status is to be registered with the Rutgers Emergency Notification System (ENS) which can be done at this link. To our brothers and sisters working through the storm; thank you and work safely!

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