04/13/23 – The URA bargaining team has met with management over forty times, and has tentative agreements on 10 articles, including most recently, Just Cause and improvements to Bereavement Leave. Parking, Non-Hostile Work Environment, and Probationary Employee are some other tentative agreements. That said, we still have not made progress on key member priorities, including raises in line with inflation, compensation for additional workloads, telework, and recognition for our essential employees, among much else. When presented with thoughtful proposals that would improve our members’ lives and Rutgers, management has often rejected or ignored them.
This is why members voted to approve a strike pledge drive at the URA membership meeting last Monday. We need to take escalating action, including a potential strike, in order to leverage our power at the bargaining table to win our demands.
3/06/23 – The Coalition of Rutgers Unions was asked to attend a meeting with less than 24 hours’ notice because Rutgers management said they had a wonderful salary proposal to share with all. Yet the disrespect continued when their team arrived a half hour late. We received an offer that all of the unions found insulting.
Greg Rusciano (URA Executive Director)
Christine O’Connell (URA President)
Charles Basden (Graduate School of Education)
Diana Byrd (School of Business-Camden)
Leigh-Anne Cobb (Rutgers Business School)
Ryan Csordas (SAS-EOF)
Alexandra DelCollo (Cooperative Extension)
Joshua Eaise (NJ Step)
Justin Esperon (Dining Services-New Brunswick)
Josephine Nagle (Rutgers Law School)
Barbara Nowakowski (SAS Division of Life Services)
Ali Sperling (SAS-English)
Barry Bailey (IP&O), Isaac Jimenez (SASN-Dean’s Office), Mikaela Maria (School of Nursing-Camden), Mary Ellen MaQuire (SAS-PALS), Jack Ouligian (Student Affairs-NB)