CT News CTU CLERICAL-TECHNICAL UNION OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Volume XXXVII, Issue 9 Organized and Independent since 1974! September 2010 CTU candidate forums An opportunity to question our future leaders Left to right: Elections Committee Chairperson Brenda Bailey and committee members Liz Owen and Becky Sullivan. The hours can be long and the effort often goes underappreciated. So why do they do it? Members run the CTU Come meet CTU’s candidates, and ask them why CTU members have stepped Pamela Sloan, Duferia they are running and how they intend to lead our forward to run for all of the White, Jennifer Wood, organization. Like all CTU elections, the one on positions available this fall. Willie Paulsen Tuesday, October 26, 2010, is crucial. Vice President: Audit Committee: In order to make sure that we all have an opportu- Nancy Gray Colleen Drake nity to make informed decisions about our future leaders, the Elections Committee has scheduled three Secretary: The races for vice president, candidate forums. Try to attend the one in your area Pam Brock secretary and Audit Com- or as many as possible to get all of your questions mittee positions are uncon- answered. Four directors: tested. In situations where Jeanette Robertson, Candidates continued on p. 4 Wednesday, October 20 Thursday, October 21 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Room C9 Owen Hall* Room S109 S. Kedzie Questions for the Monday, October 25 candidates? 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The best opportunity to tact information on page Abbot Seminar Room, Snyder Hall* ask questions of the can- 4) by Monday, October didates and assess their 18. The Committee will *Please, no outside food. leadership skills is during review the questions *Food can be purchased from the Food Court. the give and take of the and give the candidates candidate forums. a chance to respond. Both the questions and You can also submit answers will be posted More information on the CTU elections is questions to the Elec- on our web site at available in this issue. See page 4 for tions Committee (see con- www.msu.edu/~ctumsu/. instructions on obtaining elections rules, 1 volunteering, etc. CT News CTU CT Classifieds Clerical-Technical Union For sale: floors throughout and a beautiful dining of Michigan State University Bose speakers: 1) Pair of Bose room with quarter sawn oak paneling 2990 East Lake Lansing Road 201: 120w bookshelf speakers, wood with built in plate rack and buffet. 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Cheryllee Finney email@example.com Youth group fundraiser: Excur- Editorial Policy: The CT News is the sion to Chicago on Saturday, October October General voice of our union. It is our vehicle for 30. Experience the Magnificent Miles, communicating, on a regular basis, the Membership Meetings Navy Pier, the Children Museum, Mil- issues that confront us as workers. Through The final Quarterly Membership lennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Alder this newsletter we explain union policies, Meeting in 2010 will be held show how dues are spent, and explain the Planetarium, Field Museum, great Wednesday, October 27, in Room views and actions of the elected leader- food & fun. Depart at 6:30 am from 252 Erickson Hall. The Meeting ship for evaluation by the members. Maranatha Church and return before The CT News is the voice of the mem- begins at 5:20, but the doors open midnight. Stops can be made at Grand bership. We welcome articles from mem- at 5, so come early to socialize. bers and stories about members. Rapids & Kalamazoo if needed. $55 Membership meetings are for While contributions are welcome, they per person, $30 deposit by 10/8/10 making decisions about the Union, should be constructive and contribute (price includes light breakfast snack positively to the welfare of our union. asking questions and receiving & travel). For questions & details, call We will accept no attacks on any union updates about Union activities. leader or member. We will accept thought- Francine Bushrey at 517-402-2262 or ful discussion of all related issues in the Executive Board Meetings firstname.lastname@example.org. letters section, and reserve the right to re- 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 5:15 ply to those that seem to reflect a misun- CTU Office For rent: derstanding of the union and its policies. Direct ideas, letters, questions and All members welcome. Suite or individual office: 2990 comments to Cheryllee Finney. Classifieds continued on p. 8 2 Time to get involved, again By CTU President Deb Bittner way. We have already been through the Nominations phase and are moving into We are in the midst of another elec- the October “Meet the Candidates” tion cycle and big politics with state- phase. The October newsletter will wide consequences. As we have said have more information on the candi- many, many times: union members need dates and full election day details. to be informed and involved because Again this year, members will receive our very jobs may depend on it! [Trinh an election notice at their home Thi Tuyet Tran] address. Look for that letter sometime in the first week of October. The elec- October CTU elections tion is on October 26. Our October elections are well under- Elections continued on p. 5 Why UNIONS engage in political action By Daniel H. Kruger American workers. their voice and To help shape policies of the fed- their seat at the The political season is upon us. Tele- eral, state and local government as great social nego- vision, radio and newspapers present they relate to their employees. . . . tiating table pro- an ongoing stream of articles and ads To elect congressmen, senators, vided by democ- on the presidential primaries. Candi- state legislators, county commis- racy. The work of dates for public office seek support sioners and city officials friendly to a democratic society is accomplished from both individual citizens and workers and their legitimate interests. through a system of bargaining by groups in their efforts to get elected. To help elect governors in order to those who possess political power. The Business groups, environmental shape the state budget and the allo- greater the political power, the greater groups, gays and lesbians, pro-abor- cation of tax revenues for human the bargaining power. And political tion, anti-abortion, doctors, lawyers services. . . . power is achieved. In the words of and unions all engage in various types To serve as a countervailing force to Samuel Gompers, one of the founders of political action. the legislative agenda of businesses of the American Federation of Labor, and other special interest groups. “Elect your friends and defeat your en- [S]tudents ask me why UNIONS en- To expand the institutionalization of emies.” This statement was made in or gage in political action. Below are 10 collective bargaining which is the about 1881 and applies as well today. reasons: only legally mandated system of To help shape legislation that sup- employee involvement in the Political action is part and parcel of a ports the individual in his or her United States. free democratic society, and unions, as dual role as citizen and worker. The work of a democratic society part of the democratic community not To help shape the role of the Fed- is achieved through a system of only do engage in political action, but eral Government and its impact on negotiated transactions with groups are obligated to do so on behalf of their the job economy through monetary who possess political power. Politi- members and their interests. and fiscal policies. cal action by unions gives workers To influence the appointments by the a seat at the social negotiating table. The late Daniel H. Kruger, a profes- President of the United States as cabi- sor in Labor and Industrial Relations, net members, members of adminis- Through political action, unions seek was a friend of labor and a special trative agencies and federal judges. to enhance their political power. Why friend to the CTU. As we embark on To have a voice or help shape U.S. is political power so important? In a another political season, we thought it foreign trade policies which affect democratic society the extent or mag- fitting to re-run this comments on why jobs and therefore the livelihood of nitude of political power gives unions unionists become politically involved. 3 CTU elections infor mation Candidates Elections continued from p. 1 only one candidate is running, Article Committee IV, “Officers, Nominations and Elec- Any questions, concerns or com- tions,” section 9, of our Constitution ments about the elections should requires: be directed to one of the Elections Committee Members: “that an alternate choice through the Brenda Bailey, Chairperson, process of a no vote be afforded email@example.com, 884-1058 members voting. Should the no vote Liz Owen, firstname.lastname@example.org, receive the highest number of votes 432-6088 Labor cast, the elected Executive Board Becky Sullivan, sulli306@ shall fill the position until a special msu.edu, 355-0120x333 election could be called. The previ- ous nominee would not be eligible for appointment.” Coming in October: Special CTU Elections issue challenge This means that we will have a choice The Coalition of Labor Organizations featuring candidate state- of “No” for vice president, secretary at MSU has initiated a Labor Chal- ments and Audit Committee member. lenge as part of the annual 2010-11 MSU Community Charitable Cam- Call for volunteers The Elections Committee is looking Released time is available to poll paign. If you donate to the Charitable Campaign, we are asking you to mark your contributions so that it is clear for volunteers to work on tasks at the workers and van drivers who volun- you are a union member. following times: teer by Monday, October 12. To help, Wednesday, October 6 contact one of the Elections Com- Unions are all about working collec- Prepare ballots at the CTU mittee members (list on page 1) or tively, and through our joint efforts, Office, 5:15 p.m. until done. the CTU office (email@example.com, your contribution—no matter how Tuesday, October 26 355-1903). [Vickie Joanna Johnson] small—strengthens other gifts. Every Work the polls at the Auditorium, contribution will help someone who half-day and full-day shifts, 7:15 might not otherwise receive help. a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Drive a van for our Shuttle Ser- Elections rules By giving through payroll deduction, vice, half-day and full-day shifts, All candidates receive a copy of the most working people have found that 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Election and Campaign Rules. Other they can afford to contribute. By join- Count votes at the CTU Office, members can request a copy by con- ing other union members who share 5:30 p.m. until done. tacting Barb Harris at 355-1903 or our commitment, camaraderie, and CTs not running for a Board or Audit firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy is also avail- teamwork we can showcase what the Committee position are eligible to able on the web at http://www.msu.edu/ MSU Labor Family can do when chal- assist the Elections Committee. user/ctumsu/Rules.pdf. lenged. [Mildred A. Shiraev] To ensure it counts toward your union, just write “CTU” on the department line after your department name. Thanks for all you do on part of the MSU community and the communities where you live! 4 Elections continued from p. 3 While we have a hardworking Com- responsibility to help our communities. hits home. State appropriations help mittee (Thank you Brenda Bailey We truly are part of Team MSU. insure the financial health of MSU, [chair], Liz Owen, and Becky Sulli- which has a tremendous impact on us van!) and dedicated staff working to So, what else can we do? as workers. You could think of such a prepare the elections and make sure the donation as an investment in the future process is smooth, the elections can’t I would like to suggest that now is the of our job security. It is also an invest- run successfully without member time for individual members to get ment in the education of our children. volunteers. If you are interested in politically involved as we never have MSU still receives less than its fair assisting, please call the CTU office before. Go out, join the campaign of a share of public dollars when compared (355-1903) or any of the Committee politician who you know is pro-labor, to other major universities in the state, members. You’ll find information volunteer for a phone bank, go door to even though a huge proportion— about volunteer opportunities in this door, make a donation, do what you 80.58% of the entering freshman class issue. I look forward to working with can. And, in November, vote to save are Michigan residents. We sorely need you and seeing you on election day. the American middle-class way of life. a more educated workforce in Michi- gan if we are to compete in the twenty- The political environment You might also consider making a con- first century economy. We all know there is a big election for tribution to the Green & White PAC. the State of Michigan taking place in If interested, go to www.greenandwhite To help frame why being involved in November. We don’t live in a bubble, pac.com or call me for more informa- politics is necessary for union mem- but sometimes we don’t realize that tion. This independent political action bers, please see the reprint of a favor- off-campus politics affect us. I know committee, initiated by the Coalition, ite article of mine which was written it seems that we have so much to worry is working to get MSU-friendly can- by one of my favorite people, the late about around us—like layoffs and bud- didates elected to state offices. Professor Dan Kruger (p. 3). I hope get tightening—that we cannot even this inspires you to find a way to get begin to think of outside politics. But Electing pro-MSU candidates really involved in our future. we need to pay attention. We watch the news and see our neigh- bors, families, and friends worrying. We worry about jobs leaving our state Nominations sought for Breslin and being shipped out to be done by workers in third world countries at Distinguished Staff Award wages that keep them living a third- Nominations for the Jack Breslin The award honors MSU staff members world lifestyle. Is that what we are to Distinguished Staff Award are due who excel in job performance, have become? Already, many American October 29. outstanding interpersonal skills, con- workers lucky enough to get “any job” tribute to efficiency and effectiveness are forced to work two or three just to The annual award goes to six mem- and provide valuable services. get by. If we can’t manage, even after bers of the university support staff, years of working—if our job is elimi- who will each receive a $2,500 stipend Any member of the university, includ- nated, if our pension is gutted, etc.— and be recognized with a citation at a ing co-workers, supervisors, faculty we’re told it’s our own fault. The safety special reception on April 25. members or students, may nominate an net has been shredded and there is little eligible staff member. to fall back on. Nominees must be regular, active employees with at least five years of The nomination form and additional But we keep working to keep our em- service in a support staff position. Eli- information, including criteria for the ployer top-notch. We work together gible employee groups are APSA, award and instructions for nomination with our unions and management to APA, CTU, FOP, AFSCME Local can be found at the Human Resources find solutions for health care problems, 1585, AFSCME Local 999, IATSE website (www.hr.msu.edu) in the “HR to correct inefficiencies in systems, Local 274, IUOE Local 547, Nurses News” section. Interested individuals educate the public and meet our social and Non-union. can also call 517-884-0114. 5 6 URs: On the front lines The heart and soul of this successful tions about whether our workplace keep them up-to-date in both knowl- union is our members, pulled together rights have been violated or when we edge and skills. by a network of frontline URs. have an idea about some union activ- ity that might improve conditions in our workplaces. While we can’t expect Get involved! What is a UR? every UR to be an expert on all aspects There are many ways for members to Our Union Representatives, or URs, of workplace rights, it is her or his participate in the CTU: voting, attend- are the “eyes and ears” of the union, responsibility to find the answers. ing meetings, showing up for rallies keeping track of what’s happening in and work sessions, writing letters to our offices, laboratories, warehouses, Often, just talking with a UR will solve the editor, serving as officers, etc. fields, orchards, and all of the various the problem: maybe all that’s needed environments in which CTs find our- is the answer to a question or advice For the essential one-on-one contact selves working. about how to handle a situation. URs with CTs that really makes a difference (as well as staff members and other in the workplace, a great way to con- For purposes of representation, the elected officials) work with members tribute is by serving as a UR. Currently, CTU has divided its membership into on a confidential basis. we have only four districts without a 40 districts that vary greatly in geo- UR. To see if the position in your area graphical size. Each area is entitled to is vacant, or to find your UR’s name representation by a UR, which mem- It’s a union! and contact information, check out the bers in the area have the opportunity URs aren’t thrown into the deep end list on the opposite page. to select. to sink or swim—this is, after all, a union, and we support each other. “UR district news” is published every URs make sure that we are informed Training and backup for URs is a CTU month, allowing us to see when URs of what’s happening with the union, priority. [Debra Diane Kolk] come and go and when a UR position and they relay information from is available. Information about becom- members back to the union’s staff URs have access to our Contract ing a UR is published in this column. and elected officials in order to help Administrators, hired experts in em- determine the direction of the union ployee rights also known as CAs, as and plan responses to management’s well as Executive Board members and actions. [Danah G. Reinerth] other URs. The following members have peti- As members, our URs are our first Orientation helps URs understand the tioned for reappointment to UR posi- point of contact when we have ques- job, and regular training sessions tions in their districts. If no other members from their respective dis- tricts express interest in the positions before 5 p.m., October 14, they will be appointed. District 27 (Giltner, Natural Sci- ence): Marie Hensley. District 28 (Clinical Center [B,C,D Wings], Engineering Research, Radiology): Becky Sullivan. Want more information about becom- ing a UR? Contact URCC Chairper- son Rosie Garcia (884-0205 or garciar @msu.edu) or Vice President Nancy Gray (353-8632 or email@example.com). 7 Produced by your CT colleagues at MSU CTU CTU OF MSU 2990 E. LAKE LANSING ROAD EAST LANSING, MI 48823-6219 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Calendar October 5 CTU Executive Board October 15 Deadline to submit pers, and the Creation of Working- meeting. C-T Union Hall, 5:15 pm. materials for the September CT News. Class Whiteness.” MSU Museum Members welcome. October 19 CTU Executive Board Auditorium, 12:15-1:30. LEP Brown October 9 MSU Woman-to-Woman meeting. C-T Union Hall, 5:15 pm. Bag Series. Sale. Here’s the chance to make some Members welcome. October 26 CTU votes! money (selling your stuff!) or find some October 20, 21, 25 Come meet the October 27 CTU Membership great deals (shopping the sale!). MSU candidates for CTU offices. Details on Meeting, 252 Erickson Hall, 5:20 pm. students, staff and faculty and their im- page 1. 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