Meeting with Pres. Jonathan Holloway

On Wednesday, August 26th, several union presidents representing URA, AAUP, AAUP-PTLFC, AFSCME 888, AAUP-BHSNJ, HPAE, NJEA, Doctors’ Council, and OPEIU met with President Holloway to discuss the labor management relationship at Rutgers and how we all seek to improve it through collaboration and partnership moving forward.

We addressed concerns about layoffs across all of our units, our importance to the success of the University, lack of accountability and response from his senior management team, low morale, and many other issues. It was a productive conversation and gave President Holloway a clearer understanding of our shared commitment and common goals.

I requested to schedule monthly meetings to ensure regular communications, but he did not commit to that. We all agreed that it is important to reset the relationship between labor and management and committed to greater transparency to correct previous “systematic communication failures.”  We are looking forward to developing a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with President Holloway as we continue to navigate through COVID-19 and beyond.

Governor’s Budget Address

On Tuesday, several Rutgers union leaders attended Gov. Murphy’s budget address. We are scheduling a meeting with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) to provide more clarity on the state appropriations for Rutgers for FY21 and how CARES, GEERS and other funds can be used to support employees and the University.

Voting by Mail

(from AFL-CIO)

Election Overview: The Nov. 3, 2020, General Election will be conducted primarily by mail. Active voters do not need to apply for a VBM ballot. Postage pre-paid ballots will be mailed to all active voters from Sept. 19 through Oct. 5. Any new voter who registers on or before Oct. 13 will automatically receive a VBM ballot within 3 business days.

Voter Registration:
The voter registration deadline is still Oct. 13. Online voter registration begins Sept. 4. Starting this year, New Jersey allows people on probation or parole to register and vote.

Returning Voted VBM Ballots:
Voters can place their sealed ballots in U.S. postal system. Voters can place their sealed ballots in a secure and sanitized ballot drop box. To the extent possible, each county shall have at least 10 boxes in locations readily available to voters within the county. Voters can return their completed and sealed ballots to their designated polling place on Election Day (ID required).

Voting on Election Day:
Any voter who has not cast their ballot by mail may vote in person on Election Day by provisional ballot only (it may not be your usual polling place). Any voter who has not cast their ballot by mail may deliver their completed VBM ballot in person to their designated polling place on Election Day (it may not be your usual polling place). Voters with disabilities may vote in person on Election Day with special accommodations.

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