DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 473
I went to Seattle last week and hoped to come back to all the problems fixed! Of course, as nice as that daydream was I came back to reality and entered bargaining on Friday.
But it seems like there has been movement. Reports I’m hearing from the other bargaining teams is that the tone of conversations at the table have changed. The same is true for GAU. Things are getting serious — and while none of us in the unions wanted to go so far to authorize a strike to do it — the administration is now taking this seriously, both in public (through the Chancellor’s unending emails) and more importantly at the table.
Pressure from the strike votes, pressure from the public presences at rallies and meetings, rising union membership — have made this happen. The hard work of volunteers organizing events, activists who show up and write letters and make phone calls, and all the people out there who want a real solution to the problems here will pay off and we will get a fair contract.
Speaking of showing up, I took pictures of the rally on Friday outside of Anthony Hall, prior to going into bargaining.
As always, if you haven’t let these folks know how you feel, give them a call or send them an email:
Ms. Misty Whittington
Executive Secretary of the Board
Office of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees
Rita Cheng: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Poshard: email@example.com