Our Statement of Solidarity with USW 4-200

For immediate release: September 19th 2023

Contact: union@ura-aft.org

Our union, the Union of Rutgers Administrators (URA-AFT) stands in solidarity with striking USW 4-200 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital New Brunswick. As they enter the 46th day of a strike against New Jersey’s largest private employer, we at Rutgers University stand shoulder to shoulder with our frontline workers. We support the fight not just for basic demands of compensation but workplace safety that keeps all New Jerseyans safe: safe staffing saves lives.

It is reprehensible that executives at RWJ Barnabas have spent over $54 million in replacement nurses when those resources could have been used to meet the nurses’ demands, but we know this fight for dignity and respect is about control of the workplace. RWJBarnabas wants to maintain inefficient staffing ratios on all RWJBarnabas campuses and USW 4-200 nurses want to improve them.

URA-AFT stands in solidarity with the striking USW 4-200 nurses and calls upon RWJBarnabas to meet their demands.

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This statement was approved unanimously by the membership of URA-AFT