AFT’s 100th Anniversary and Biannual Convention
While the hubbub of college life may have quieted down across the university this summer, URA leaders have been active these past few months as your representatives at various conferences and conventions. Most recently six URA delegates, including URA Exec. Vice President Darlene Smith; Organizing Committee Chair Ginny Caputo; Newark Lead Steward Carolyn Foote; Off-Campus Concerns Chair Christine O’Connell; College Avenue Campus Lead Steward Kay Schechter; and Exec. Board Member Larry Stromberg braved the summer heat to spend an intensive five days in Minneapolis, MN at the AFT’s 100th Anniversary and Biannual Convention. The convention ran from Sunday, July 17 to Thursday, August 21 and the delegates gained a lot of insight from participation in the various workshops, divisional and committee meetings that were held; along with being tasked with selecting AFT’s leadership for the new term. Additionally, the URA was honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Organizing Award.
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Several members shared their convention experiences…
Elections Issue Pledge
From the COPE and Social Justice Committees:
You are probably well aware that election season is here! Setting aside the topic of the presidential candidates for one second — have you thought about the issues at stake? We need to make sure the issues that matter are heard and that voter turnout is high! Click to sign the pledge to call for a comprehensive economic agenda that includes a range issues — from Health Care Access to Earned Sick Days, from Child Care to Immigration Reform — your voice matters!
And don’t forget that the last day in NJ to register to vote in the fall elections is October 18!
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