UPDATE (2/28): As promised, I’ve restuck this to the top of the page through tomorrow (scroll down for the new posts). If anyone knows the meeting TIME, yet, please let me know or post it in the comments.
A Union election loomed…the following is an email I received this week with a request to post it for discussion:
In case you missed the announcement, we at HWC are electing new union leadership March 7-9. Currently running for office, the slate headed by Maria (Jesu) Estrada. If you are interested in running for an office then the union meeting of March 1st is the time to be nominated and present your case. As I understand it, you don’t have to have a slate; you can run for a particular office. More information about this process has been given to you in your campus mailboxes.
I think March 1st may also be the time to share some of the membership wants and needs with our leadership. I’ve come up with a few items (some mentioned elsewhere on this site) and perhaps you have a wish list as well which you would like to share.
First, I would like there to be more communication between the union leadership and the union members. I have heard people say that they feel disenfranchised and frustrated by the union. I don’t feel this way, but I would hypothesize that more effective communication would help. At the very least this means updating our home email list and then sending us information about union issues.
Second, I would like the union leadership to reach out to the members and survey us about our needs for the next contract. The last contract was negotiated with little input from the membership. While I appreciate the raises, there is more to a contract than salaries. The union leadership would not want any specifics discussed in a public forum for fear of tipping our hands during negotiations. OK. But when do we actually get to discuss it?
There are many things going on at City Colleges that we have little control over as you know from other Harold Lounge posts. Our involvement in the union is one thing we have full control over. I hope you all show up for the March 1st meeting to share your interest, celebrate our solidarity and engage our leadership in how our union will deal with the challenges going forward.
The meeting will take place in room 1115. I’m told the meeting will be at either 2pm OR 3:30pm. If anyone knows which, please post it in the comments, along with anything else you have to say to each other or the candidates regarding your expectations of them in the current climate.