In recent emails, the Stop Openness group is critical of our union for not doing more for part-timers in Science Institute.
We’ve never claimed to “protect jobs.” What we did is join together to ensure fairness and due process. The college is free to eliminate positions, but our contract requires that union members receive the following:
• 90 days written notification
• 12 days off with full pay to attend job interviews
• at least 2 weeks of full pay as severance
Because the college failed to give proper notification to part-time staff in Science Institute, the union fought for those members, and won them compensation.
Without the union, the college has eliminated people, for whatever reason, and with no process or discussion at all.
The anti-union group also writes, “The College can come up with a raise for staff, but the union can’t?”
But our contract requires that all bargaining unit members receive (at least) the same raise as nonunion staff.
Negotiations are currently in progress, but we are working for a better deal than what the administrators have announced for nonunion staff.
We encourage everyone to get their information from a credible source – read our contract, talk to us directly. Strident emails with contorted math and myths are just not the way to bring people together.