CLERICAL-TECHNICAL UNION OF
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Volume XXXIV, Issue 11 Organized and Independent since 1974! November 2009
In recent statements in the State News,
some MSU faculty and administrative
representatives have said that unions
are working with the faculty to come
up with health care recommendations.
While the unions have discussed and
will continue to discuss any ideas that
could benefit members, it is inaccurate
October 28—Newly elected CTU leaders were installed at the October Membership
to say we are participating with the Meeting. Right to left: President Deb Bittner, Director Walt Peebles, Treasurer Jan
faculty in making recommendations, Wallace, Audit Committee Member Suzanne Good, Director Norma Teague, Director
according to Wayne Cass, President of Janet Roe-Darden.
the Coalition of Labor Organizations
CTU prepares for a
at MSU. The unions have a different
process for representing members.
“Unions have represented their members
at MSU for over 35 years through the
collective bargaining process and will
continue to do so,” Cass said. “The re- CTs made two decisions at the end of us navigate through the economic and
cent State News article on health care October to help strengthen our union political quagmire.
that has caused much concern among our in the face of uncertainty over the
members is misleading and does not at economy, rising health care costs and Finances
all reflect the status of our negotiations.” other challenges. Seventy-one members attended the
next night’s membership meeting (our
The agreement on health care between Election results first quorum since June 2008) and
the nine unions of the CLO and the One hundred ninety-three CTs went to voted 60 to 2 in favor of transferring
University, covering approximately the polls October 27 to elect leaders $125,000 from our Designated Fund
5,400 staff employees, that has been in who will represent us over the next to operations.
effect for the past 12 years is currently few years:
under discussion between the parties. President: Deb Bittner 172, no 21 Previous Treasurer Jeannine Lee said
Treasurer: Jan Wallace 176, no 17 that the transfer was necessary at this
“Our members can be assured that Three Directors: Walt Peebles 155, time because of arbitration costs and
their unions talk to a wide range of Janet Roe-Darden 154, Norma unanticipated expenses resulting from
interested parties as they prepare for Teague 152, invalid/blank 4 water damage to our building.
health care bargaining,” Cass said. Audit Committee: Suzanne Good
“Considering the interests of all the 181, no 7, invalid/blank 5 The decision positions us, finan-
stakeholders when we negotiate is very cially, to continue defending our
important, but just because we’ve dis- Each of the newly elected officials has rights under the contract in the imme-
cussed the subject with retirees and a prior leadership experience in the CTU diate future.
Unions continued on p. 6 and should be well equipped to help Layoffs continued on p. 4
CT News CTU
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President: in package, $15. Thor Quadrant boot: would cost $900 new, selling for $100
Deb Bittner email@example.com Red and black, size 10, used once, $100. or best offer. Will send close-up pho-
Thor Quadrant chest protector: Red, tos to see the colors on request. Please
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Willie Paulsen email@example.com 517-663-5528. room, one bath with personal gated side
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Walt Peebles email@example.com Space saver design, dual grip EKG parking, hardwood floors, washer and
Jeanette Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org heart rate, upper body workout, work- dryer, 1-year-old central air condition-
Janet Roe-Darden email@example.com out CD. $250. Contact Karen at 517- ing, designer shower curtain rod, win-
Norma Teague firstname.lastname@example.org 303-1170 (leave a message) or email dow coverings, new kitchen faucet, new
Duferia White email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org. dining room light and large basement
Jennifer Woods email@example.com
9-drawer dresser: 65 L x 18 W x for storage. Asking $7,500. Contact
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Contract Administrators lined jewelry drawers, 2 cedar lined 8791 for more details. For pictures,
John Klusinske firstname.lastname@example.org sweater drawers. Very nice, just do not email email@example.com.
Dan McNeil firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Assistant have room. $175. Call 517-484-6029.
Patricia Shackleton email@example.com Stoneware dishes: Includes 8 Services:
Organizational Assistant cereal bowls, salad plates, dinner plates Ambient Heating & A/C, LLC:
Barb Harris firstname.lastname@example.org The economy is being hard hit. I will give
Communications Specialist a 10% discount off labor to all MSU
Cheryllee Finney email@example.com
General Membership employees. Call Brian at 517-795-9432
Editorial Policy: The CT News is the Meetings in 2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
voice of our union. It is our vehicle for Quarterly Membership Meetings
communicating, on a regular basis, the is- Ride share:
in 2010 will be held on Wednes-
sues that confront us as workers. Through
this newsletter we explain union policies, days, January 27, April 28, July 28 Capital Area Transportation
show how dues are spent, and explain the and October 27. Times and loca- Authority offers a ride sharing ser-
views and actions of the elected leader- tions will be announced as avail- vice called Clean Commute that sev-
ship for evaluation by the members. able. Meetings begin at 5:20, but eral CTs are using. Contact Clean
The CT News is the voice of the mem-
bership. We welcome articles from mem- the doors open at 5 so come early Commute toll free (877-921-POOL),
bers and stories about members. to socialize. These meetings are for locally (517-393-RIDE), by fax (517-
While contributions are welcome, they making decisions about the Union, 394-3733), or website (www.cata.org/
should be constructive and contribute asking questions and receiving cleancommute/index.html).
positively to the welfare of our union.
We will accept no attacks on any union updates about Union activities.
leader or member. We will accept thought- FREE: Advertise to your colleagues
ful discussion of all related issues in the Executive Board Meetings in the CT News. Contact Cheryllee Fin-
letters section, and reserve the right to re- 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 5:15 ney at email@example.com. The CT News
ply to those that seem to reflect a misun- CTU Office accepts ads from CTs on items for sale
derstanding of the union and its policies.
Direct ideas, letters, questions and
All members welcome. and/or services provided by CTs and/
comments to Cheryllee Finney. or their household family members.
By Deb Bittner people don’t have the money to buy
goods and services, or even to pay their
In this season of thanksgiving, every- bills. Those treading water financially
one should give special thanks for are afraid to make purchases. As a
unions and add on some hope that we result, more people are laid off. Tax
grow stronger. revenues fall and public workers are
laid off, meaning there is even less
Although most readers of the CT News money being spent locally. More
will understand and agree with this people are laid off. The economic cycle
statement, it would be sure to confuse continues to spin downward.
or even anger some people. The truth
is, however, that our society depends So, when the union is able to save a
on union strength. job, or avoid wage and benefit cuts,
everyone is better off, not just the
You don’t have to be an elected union unionized worker. Of course, we can always do more.
official to see the effects of job loss And the challenges we face will give
and concessions in our area. Many But unions do more. We work to end us plenty of opportunity. For example,
the race to the bottom on a broader we need to be ready to respond to the
scale. [Marcia Kay Hanson] threat budget cuts are having on work-
ers and students at MSU, as well as
Historically, we have been the mov- the rest of the state. Considering that
ing force behind laws that prohibited we are in the middle of health care
child labor and established the 40-hour negotiations, we must also be prepared
work week (and weekends!), work- to resist attempts by the university to
place health and safety laws, the mini- solve all of its budgetary problems
mum wage, social security, workers’ through these talks.
compensation, unemployment insur-
ance, workplace antidiscrimination Please watch for events and actions we
laws and guaranteed leave for work- can take to defend and strengthen
ers to care for ourselves and our fami- workers’ rights and positions in our
lies when ill. workplaces and communities. [Pamela
Phil Schloop retires One way labor has always made a dif-
ference in the community is through
A good friend of CTU, MSU labor expertise in health care and other service and donations. The current
and working people everywhere matters over the years, and we are United Way Labor Challenge spon-
retired recently. grateful for his insight and support. sored by the Coalition of Labor
Organizations at MSU gives us an
Phil Schloop, Business Manager of With all of his activism and contri- opportunity to join with other union
the International Union of Operating butions to labor and members who share our commitment,
Engineers, Local 547, was a strong the community, we camaraderie, and teamwork to show
influence in the formation of the don’t expect Phil to what the MSU Labor Family can do
Coalition of Labor Organizations at have a quiet retire- to help others.
Michigan State University. ment. We wish him
the best in his future Just write “CTU” on the department
We have continued to rely on his endeavors. line after your department name on
Thanks continued on p. 6
continued from p. 1 moved out of state
Layoff update and the other re-
At the meeting, Contract Administra- turned to school.
tor Dan McNeil gave a presentation on
the current layoff situation. McNeil encour-
aged every CT to
Seventy-eight CTs have been affected prepare for the
by job eliminations since January, he University’s belt
said, either by having their jobs elimi- tightening.
nated or by being bumped or displaced
within their structural unit by a more “Make sure that
senior CT. Thirteen CTs actually have your skills are CTs Katie Sheldon and Becky Sullivan volunteered to help voters
been laid off. [Ivory Aimery] updated, your register on election day
resume is com-
Of the 13, seven probationary employ- plete and your personnel file accu- The union is also very concerned that
ees are gone, leaving MSU with no (0) rately reflects your work and abilities,” eliminated positions be accompanied
probationary CTs on campus. he said, emphasizing the importance by a reduction in work.
of being specific about one’s software
Of the six addi- skills on the resume. President Bittner told of a long-term
tional (nonpro- CT who, after her position was elimi-
bationary) CTs on McNeil also encouraged members to nated, was asked when she would have
layoff, four failed take applicable typing and/or soft- time to train someone to do her job.
trial periods. A ware assessment tests at Human
couple still have a Resources. By quantifying one’s “What job?” the CT asked and
chance to bypass skills, these tests help CTs avoid posi- promptly contacted her union. The
into a position, tions in which they might fail and CTU is investigating the situation.
Dan McNeil but the other two thereby jeopardize their bumping and
have failed two bypass opportunities. “Be prepared!”
trial periods, meaning they no longer Health care negotiations between the
have bumping and bypass rights but Because the layoff procedure is com- University and the Coalition of Labor
can bid on open positions. plicated and there are many options to Organizations are in full swing, said
be considered, McNeil said, anyone Bittner. “However, not a lot of infor-
Two of the laid off nonprobationary CTs receiving a layoff notice should con- mation can be shared at this time.”
decided to pursue other goals. One tact him immediately.
“University administrators have made
public statements, and we all know that
Thank-you to volunteers these are difficult times,” she said, add-
A heartfelt thanks for a smooth elec- Barden, Julie Detwiler, Colleen Drake, ing that we will resist attempts by the
tion goes out to our elections commit- Dianne Dreffs, Marian Erickson, administration to solve all of its bud-
tee: Chairperson Liz Owen, Brenda Debbie Forcier, Andrea James, Erin getary problems through our health
Bailey, Kim Smith and Becky Sullivan. Johnson, Kathy Kirby, Kellie Kolasa, care negotiations.
Jeannine Lee, Angel Loveall, Amy
We also want to thank our efficient and McCausey, Jeanette Robertson, Janice “Pay attention and be prepared!” she
organized office staff as well as the Sheffey, Katie Shelton, Stephanie Six, said. “We may need to show our
many CTs who volunteered for every- and Betty Walther. strength before this is over.”
thing from stuffing envelopes and
counting ballots to driving vans and And last, but not least, we need to Bittner also addressed the impact of
registering voters. It takes a lot of thank the CTs who took time out of state appropriations on the University
people to run our elections each year. their day to vote. This is how we keep and the possibility that we might be
our democracy working. Great job, called upon to mobilize in order to edu-
This year’s volunteers were: Chris everyone! Thanks for all you do. Meeting continued on next page
Helping our animal friends
The local economy has left animal a number of the requested items (in-
shelters and rescue groups overloaded cluding dog leashes, office supplies
with family pets that have nowhere and cleaning supplies) available for
else to go. purchase at great prices from the Ser-
vice Counter. Visit the online catalog
To help address the problem, Execu- at (universitystores.msu.edu). Faculty
tive Board Director Norma Teague is and staff members are charged the
coordinating CTU’s Ingham County “personal use” price.
Animal Shelter donation drive.
Thank you in advance for assisting
Donations, including cash donations, with this worthy cause.
can be dropped off through mid-
December at the C-T Union Hall, 7:30
a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through
Meeting Thursday, and 8 until 5 on Fridays.
continued from previous page
cate legislators and others about the If you have a large collection site in
effects the drastic cuts are having on your building, please call the CTU
higher education and the larger Michi- (355-1903) for a pickup.
Please note that University Stores has
The meeting also included a discus-
sion about surveys, social activities, a
drive to assist the Ingham County Ani-
mal Shelter, and a “Toys for Tots”
fundraiser. [Helena Marek]
Ingham County Animal Shelter
Doorprize winners were: Karen Jakus
and Mary Canady-Hernandez, $50 The Ingham County Animal Shelter playpen (steel), cheez-wiz (we stuff it
each; Sally Zetzer, coffee and dough- is in need of several items. in the Kong toys and freeze them for
nuts for her department; Joann the dogs), packages of hotdogs (used
Villarreal, CTU t-shirt. Kitty needs: Cat litter (With over 75 to hide the medication for dogs)
cats in the building on any given day,
over 600 pounds of cat litter are con- Grooming supplies: Oster
sumed each week!), canned cat food, grooming clippers, Demat combs
dry cat food, stainless steel bowls, and brushes, pet cologne, pet wipes
litter pans (used and new), litter scoops
(lots of litter scoops!), plastic bags Adoption supplies: Copy paper,
(recycled grocery bags, used for scoop- colored copy paper, office supplies
ing litter), rugs (small), cat cozies and (ink pens, markers, pencils), poster
cat beds, towels, cat toys, scratching board (small and large), dry erase
posts, cat carriers, large cat cage for markers, dry erase boards (small and
display at mobile adoption events medium size)
Dog needs: Collars, leashes and Cleaning supplies: Rubber
bandanas, toys, (lots of toys), raw dishwashing gloves, disposable
hide chews, Kong chews, blankets, gloves, Kleenex, paper towels, laun-
small rugs and linens to lay on, tow- dry detergent (HE front end washer),
els for bathing, dog carriers, dog dish soap, Clorox, window cleaner,
crates, stainless steel bowls, puppy brooms/dustpans, mops
Karen Smith casts her ballot in the CTU
The following CTs have petitioned to
be appointed UR in their districts.
They will be appointed if no other
members from their respective districts
express an interest in the positions
before 5 p.m. on December 10.
District 1 (Administration Bldg.
—Floors B, 1): April Moore.
District 9 (Life Sciences):
District 17 (Grounds, Physical
Plant, Wilson, Holden, Case,
Wonders, Duffy Daugherty Foot-
Unions Thanks ball Building): Pamela Sloan.
continued from p. 1 continued from p. 3 District 21 (Holmes, McDonel,
few members of faculty doesn’t mean your 2009-10 MSU Community Hubbard, Akers, Conrad, IM
we’ve participated in preparing a list Charitable Campaign form. East): Kim Smith.
of recommendations as the State News District 29 (Olin Health Cen-
article stated.” An ideal way to strengthen the labor ter, Berkey): Mary Canady-
movement is to get involved in our Hernandez.
“The University Committee on Faculty own union.
Affairs can make recommendations to The following members have been
whomever they choose, Cass added. Let me take a moment here to thank appointed to UR positions.
“As a ‘meet and confer’ group they the volunteers and everyone who made District 13 (Anthony, Meats
don’t have authority to bargain for fac- the effort to vote in our most recent Lab, Engineering): Meagan
ulty and certainly don’t represent the election. [Monica Klaver] Kroll can be contacted at 353-
unions’ voice on health care matters. 9556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our discussions are moving forward. I also want to thank those who attended District 26 (Student Services,
We’ll be interested in seeing UCFA’s the Membership Meeting to discuss de- Hort.): Contact Lisa Ingraham
recommendation and look forward to velopments in health care negotiations, at 355-3551 or email@example.com.
considering its stronger points.” workplace climate and other union mat-
ters. Having a quorum at the meeting District 36 (Linton, Eustace,
Cass added that union leaders under- meant we were able to conduct business Chittendon, Marshall, Morrill): Janet
stand the health care environment very and vote to shore up our operating fund. Roe-Darden’s election to the Execu-
well and are quite aware of the eco- tive Board leaves her district without
nomic challenges the university faces. That vote ensured that our union would a UR. Interested members in the area
continue to have the financial resources are encouraged to step forward.
“They’re also committed to represent- available to spring to the defense of
ing their members’ long-term interests the contract and our members. Are you interested in becoming a UR?
by preserving an agreement that con- Would you like more information
tinues the Labor/Management Joint With all of the bad news about the about what the position entails? If so,
Health Care Committee, which reviews economy and the job market, CTs are contact URCC Chairperson Colleen
health care costs and makes decisions showing that we will not bury our heads Drake (432-6123x162 or drakec@
on employee health care plans. in the sand. Instead, we are defending msu.edu) or Vice President Nancy
our contractual rights as well as work- Gray (353-8632 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
“This innovative approach to managing ing to help our families and our com-
health care costs going forward—by munities weather the storm.
seeking the best value for all stakehold-
ers—contrasts with more conventional Thanks for all you do for the MSU
approaches that simply off-load addi- community and the communities where
tional costs to employees,” Cass said. you live!
Family Congratulations, Nancy
Resource Nominated by 25 of her staff and
faculty coworkers, CT Nancy Lavrik
Center listserv became the eighth recipient of the
The Family Resource Center publishes Annual Clerical-Technical Recogni-
six topic oriented email listservs for tion Award at a ceremony held in her
staff, students and faculty: honor on November 6.
Adoption for parents who Dr. Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo
have adopted or are considering established the award in honor of Dr.
adoption Gliozzo’s parents to recognize out-
Breastfeeding for students, staff standing clerical and technical em-
and faculty moms who choose to ployees. The award is presented annu-
November 6—Assistant Vice President for
breastfeed their babies ally by MSU’s Human Resources. Human Resources Brent Bowditch presents
Eldercare for those who are CT Nancy Lavrik with the 2009 Clerical-
caregivers of elders Assistant Vice President for Human Technical Recognition Award.
Parents for staff and faculty who Resources Brent Bowditch presented
have children the award to Lavrik, calling her one of working with the graduate and under-
Special Need Kids for parents those “people who really make MSU graduate students, faculty and staff.
who have children with special the place it is—a really great place.”
needs “When Jackie from Human Resources
Stupar for students who are rais- Lavrik has worked in the chemistry called to tell me about the award,”
ing children while pursuing their department for 14 years and currently Lavrik said, “she asked me if I was sit-
education assists the organic chemistry program ting down. In these uncertain times,
with all of its secretarial needs. that question can mean good news or
FRC email listservs share resources not so good news. In this case it was
and information that pertain to folks Bowditch cited Lavrik’s community wonderful news.”
who have a particular interest that re- and public service as well as the high
lates to their family dynamic. praise heaped upon her by coworkers. “I’m very fortunate to be part of the
team,” she said. “It has truly been very
The listservs will provide informa- Lavrik said that she loves her job and rewarding.”
tion on specific topics such as educa-
tional information, classes, events,
entertainment, etc. Members are
encouraged to initiate dialog and
pass on relevant facts. The lists are not Union training sessions for URs, monthly, help pre-
intended to be a venue for “sales” or Executive Board members and staff pare our union
political opinion. have covered some highly relevant leaders to better
topics in recent months. represent mem-
All students, staff and faculty are eli- bers and further
gible to be on any of the lists. In October, MSU Benefits Director the work of the
Renee Rivard discussed trends in union in general.
If you want to be a part of the infor- health care. CLO President Wayne
mation sharing, just send an email Cass followed up with a talk on how
to email@example.com and you will be those trends might affect us at MSU.
added to the list(s) of your choice.
Labor and Industrial Relations Asso-
FRC provides many programs and ser- ciate Professor Michelle Kaminski
vices to the MSU community, includ- spoke with us about workplace bully-
ing information on work/life balance ing at the November session.
and childcare resources. For more
information, visit www.frc.msu.edu The training sessions, which are held Renee Rivard Wayne Cass
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States, 1930–1965.” Juan Javier Separation Anxiety Issues In Preschool gram. Provides medical evaluation/
Pescador, MSU Department of His- Age Children.” Part of the Parenting monitoring, behavioral support and
Education Series offered by the Fam- medication to help you quit smoking.
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Building, 12–1 pm. port staff and benefits-eligible depen-
December 15 CTU Executive Board dents. Orientation from 1:30–3:30 pm,
meeting, C-T Union Hall, 5:15 pm. Room 247 Olin Health Center. Enroll-
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as possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CTU committees or call 517-353-2596.
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