Thanksgiving Message from the URA and the NJ State AFL-CIO

The URA office will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Break.   Please see the message below from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

Thanksgiving: A Time to Come Together in Solidarity


Thanksgiving is the time of year that we join together with our family and friends to share a hearty meal and appreciate the important things in life.  Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our union family for all the work that you do. Our labor movement will always have battles to fight, but it is because of your dedication and persistence that we continue to forge forward.

History shows the countless gains we have made through union solidarity, including higher wages, safer working conditions and the right to speak with one collective voice for better workplaces. This year has been a long and tough one, but we are made stronger through our solidarity. It’s more important than ever to remain active in our locals and steadfast in our values.

There are many ways to show our solidarity from talking to our friends and family about the importance of unions to putting together a union shopping list for the holidays. Before you shop be sure to visit for an extensive list of union-made products.

We extend our gratitude to our wonderful affiliates, to those who lead their locals, and to our Central Labor Councils and Building Trades Councils. Thank you for all you have done throughout this year and will continue to do to keep our labor movement strong. Your efforts show that when we stand together, we achieve our goals together.

We wish all of our brothers and sisters a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

In Unity,

Charles Wowkanech
Laurel Brennan
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is a proud partner of Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.

Cornerstone: Good? Bad? Ugly?

Some URA members are working unpaid overtime, suffering physical and mental stress symptoms, and hurting financially as their TABERS sit in limbo.

Some see opportunity for a lighter workflow.

Share the good, the bad and the ugly in URA’s Cornerstone Suggestion Box

Come to the General Membership meeting on Monday, November 14 to discuss what we can do as a union.

  • I estimate that for the months of August, September and October I am already owed approximately $1500.00. As a Program Associate in a rural county, my mileage and tolls estimate around $500.00 per month.”
  • My supervisor said: ‘Maybe you should retire now.’ He sent me for a mental health evaluation. I can’t learn the system as fast as someone in their 20’s or 30’s.”
  • I was able to access the Help Desk in Chat mode on the first day, because no one knew about it. Since then, nothing.”
  • When the system works, it will be better and more transparent.”


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GOTV Volunteers Needed

Election Day is TODAY!VoteCountsButton

Your efforts are essential for success at the polls this November. Every union member is strongly encouraged to volunteer for Election Day Get-Out-The-Vote. Please contact URA’s COPE Committee Chair, Kay Schechter, at to coordinate your union volunteer activities.   URA full members that participate in the below GOTV activities will earn a stipend.  Members are encouraged to bring one family member/friend over 18 years old to participate with them and the family member/friend will also earn a stipend. All volunteers for the GOTV activities must sign in with a driver’s license or non-driving ID.  Working together, we will win together on Election Day!

Atlantic/Cape May CLC
10:00 am & 3:00 pm
Bellevue Tavern
7 South Main St, Cape May Courthouse

Bergen CLC
10:00 am & 3:30 pm
IBEW 164
205 Robin Road, Paramus

Burlington CLC
10:00 am & 3:00 pm
CWA 1036
26 High St., Mount Holly

Essex/West Hudson CLC

10:00 am & 3:30 pm
1576 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood

Union Baptist Church
9:00 am & 3:00 pm
Rice Hall
12 Midland Ave, Montclair

Hudson CLC
4:00 pm
37 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City

Mercer CLC
8:00 am, 1:30 pm & 4:00 pm
IBEW 269
670 Whitehead Road, Trenton

Middlesex/Somerset CLC
12:00 pm & 3:30 pm
IBEW 456
1295 Livingston Ave., North Brunswick

Monmouth/Ocean CLC
10:00 am & 3:30 pm
IBEW 400
3301 Highway 138, Wall

Passaic CLC
10:00 am & 4:00 pm
UFCW 1262
1389 Broad Street, Clifton

Southern NJ CLC

Camden & Gloucester Counties
8:00 am
2240-Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill

Cumberland County
9:00 am
226 High St., Millville

Salem County
9:00 am
182 N. Broadway, Pennsville

Union CLC
10:00 am & 4:00 pm
106 South Avenue West, Cranford