Setting the Date

DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 477

Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday. I was feeling a little under the weather (which I blame on the bad weather) so I didn’t manage to get it done!

But there’s news today: Unions start talking strike date [The Southern]

Wee have to move forward. Voting to authorize a strike pushed us forward and gave us some movement — or at least real discussions at the tables — but the feeling is if we really want to finish this we need to take the next step. What’s the best way to get results? Putting a deadline.

I fully admit that part of the reason why the contract has been expired for 477 days without a new one is our fault. All four unions were hesitant to do what we knew we needed to do to get bargaining moving — organize toward a strike. So we dragged our heels, telling ourselves “Well, maybe the next meeting will be better.” But it’s been 477 days. 16 months since the contract expired — and about 19 months since we’ve been bargaining. The next meeting isn’t getting better and we’ve dragged our heels long enough. It’s time to get a fair contract closed for all four unions.

That’s what setting a date will do.

In other news, the IEA has a couple of announcements:
IEA urges lawmakers to evaluate pension bills before voting on them
IEA shows Civic Committee pension plan would have cost taxpayers $34 billion

The deadline for submitting nominations for IEA representative assembly delegates is also coming up. The RA is the policy-making body of the IEA which meets in March (I believe in 2012 it’ll be over SIUC’s spring break) for three days to vote on things like the IEA’s budget, our legislative platform, our dues, and other organizational matters. The nomination forms are due to the Carterville office on the 28th; you can get a copy of the form from the IEA office or your local president.

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
(618) 536-3357

Rita Cheng: rcheng@siu.edu
SIUC Chancellor
(618) 453-2341

Glenn Poshard: poshard@siu.edu
SIU President
(618) 536-3357

Upcoming Events:
Monday October 24, 6-7pm, Student Center Ballroom C: GAU Open Meeting for a Bargaining Update and Setting a Strike Date

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