As Superstorm Sandy disrupted lives across New Jersey, Rutgers University cancelled classes and advised faculty and students to stay home. But employees on Rutgers staff received confusing and conflicting messages about reporting to work. Now, we ask for fairness in compensating our time, compassion for those who are still trying to put their lives back together and concern for our safety. Staff are part of the community, not second class citizens.
- Dr. Robert Barchi, President , Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
1) Declare the entire days of Monday Oct. 29 - Wednesday Oct. 31 as a Weather Emergency. This would provide “Other” absences for non-essential staff and emergency overtime compensation for most essential staff.
2) Provide and guarantee straight time compensatory time to all essential personnel who are overtime-exempt .
3) Where worksites were closed: record “Other” time for staff unless they were timely advised to report to another worksite. Where staff were unable to travel to work because of emergency conditions in their town, county or route to work, also record "Other" time.
4) Work with retirement plan providers to permit members who have suffered severe financial loss to make hardship withdrawals or loans from their retirement accounts.
5) Open the Compassionate Leave bank to staff who missed or will miss work for severe storm-related hardship.
6) Convene a task force with union representation to assess: Emergency preparedness and training; basing Rutgers “Weather Emergency” on Federal, State and County emergency declarations and directives; emergency notification procedures; emergency closing of off-campus worksites
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