DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 454
Today the Association of Civil Service employees had their strike authorization vote. They voted on the question:
Unless we have an approved contract, then on the recommendation of the Association of Civil Service Employee’s bargaining team, the Executive Committee is authorized to call a strike no earlier than October 6, 2011.
I’m pleased to report the results of today’s vote:
80 percent of those voting… Voted yes.
After the votes were tallied, ACsE representative Tammy Keen said “I think this proves our solidarity and that we deserve respect.”
I was in the room when the votes were tallied and listening to the chorus of “yes” from the votes was encouraging. This isn’t an easy decision for any of us to make — but ACsE members proved they understand the stakes and are willing to do what it takes. This is quickly moving from a hypothetical strike threat to a real strike threat. I hope the administration is listening and is willing to come to the bargaining table ready to address the very real issues and concerns each union has.
In the News:
SIU Unions Start To Vote On Strike Authorization [WSILTV]
Association of Civil Service Employees approves strike authorization [Daily Egyptian]
Civil service employees OK strike [The Southern]
First union votes yes [Daily Egyptian]
Civil Service Employees union at SIUC approves strike authorization [The Republic]
Union at SIUC approves strike authorization [Belleville News-Democrat]
Wednesday September 28: Faculty Association Strike Authorization Vote
Friday September 30: GA United Strike Authorization Vote
Friday September 30, 4:40-6pm, Blue Martin: NTTFA Informational Meeting
Wednesday October 5, 5pm: Informational Meeting for Students About Striking