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For those of us working for Labor Unions, where the Union is the employer and the special challenges that we face.

Location: International
Members: 149
Latest Activity: May 29

“And I should like to be able to love my Union and still love justice”

As a member of staff (Organizer) for a large Union (California School Employees Association) and as President of that Unions in-house Staff Union (Association Employees Union www.AEU.us ) I find myself paraphrasing Camus immortal quote “And I should like to be able to love my Union and still love justice”
Working as staff for a Labor Union it is often hard to reconcile the actions of the Unions management with their professed beliefs.
Especially those of us who have come from the rank and file and who have spent most of their lives fighting for the rights of workers are often disheartened when they find themselves fighting on two fronts; the management of the members they are paid to represent and the management of their own union.
Let us use this group to share experiences strategies and victories and to support each other as we continue that fight.

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A little help from my colleagues around the world

Hey guys and gals,I was wondering if you could take a moment to click on this link and fill out the petition and maybe pass it on to some friends who would be willing to do like wise. The victim in…Continue

Started by Adam O'Maolagáin Jan 12, 2012.

The occupy movement

Hey brothers and sisters, I was just wondering if anyone can shed any light on one of main questions that I have regarding the occupy movement.In Dublin the occupy movement has done it alone. They…Continue

Started by Adam O'Maolagáin Jan 11, 2012.

Too technical? 2 Replies

So, the new head honcho cruises into town and decides to tell us all that we have been doing it wrong all this time (since 1927!)...that we are too technical in our work.  What does that mean really?…Continue

Started by Matthew L. Gentile. Last reply by Meena Patel Feb 11, 2011.

Irony, or is it hypocrisy?

Oh the irony, or is it hypocrisy? After many months of a grueling campaign in which CSEA members and staff railed against Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial run because of her platform of cutting wages,…Continue

Tags: Employees, Association, School, California, Mooney

Started by Carlo Tarantola Nov 25, 2010.

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Comment by Adam O'Maolagáin on November 6, 2012 at 11:29

This is an article that Irish Tapestry workers have put together commemorating the 1913 lockout.http://ning.it/RPCoHN"

Comment by Charlene MacFarlane on February 11, 2012 at 3:06
You are invited to join a rally to support locked out workers at Rocky Mountaineer

WHEN: Monday March 5, 2012 : 3:30 pm (8 1/2 months of lockout)
WHERE : Rocky Mountaineer Station at 1755 Cottrell street, behind the Home Depot off Terminal

Rocky Mountaineer has not come to the bargaining table since July 8th 2011.
Now they are re-hiring scabs from last season and advertising to hire more.
Rocky Mountaineer has filed and won many court injunctions. Security is constantly filming and using video evidence to try to limit picket activities. We thank you in advance for helping us to ensure a peaceful rally which secures the right to maintain our picket line.
CONTACT rblackburn@teamsters31.ca or call Rod at 604 540 6009 for more information

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

ALSO... We will update about the progress of a general SCAB AWARENESS CAMPAIGN to publicize the negative consequences of using scab labour. www.scabawareness.com

Locked out Rocky Mountaineer employees will be leafleting and talking with students at colleges and university campuses, helping to raise awareness of labour issues. Rocky Mountaineer is hiring another round of scabs for this upcoming season.
Comment by Olivier Roy on December 1, 2011 at 16:22

Looking for an affordable online database to manage communications with members and grievances. Any suggestion?

Comment by Doug Taylor on November 3, 2011 at 1:01

Former SGEU employees protest pension cut

CTV News
November 2, 2011

Retired former employees of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union protest a pension cut in Regina on Wednesday.

Dozens of retired former employees of the SGEU held a protest in Regina on Wednesday after the union said they would have to take a big cut to their pensions.

The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union and former workers met with a mediator in February and had agreed to an initial pension decrease. But retirees now say they've been told that amount will be doubled.

The change in pension benefits is a big blow for former workers living on a fixed income. They say they're' considering further legal action, and calling for legislation that would see pensions protected in Saskatchewan.

The SGEU says lower annuity rates are to blame, and that the union has already subsidized the pension plan. However, premium rates are still much lower than it had anticipated.
Comment by Philip bowyer on October 22, 2011 at 8:27
You are right Joe. Everybody needs a union.
Comment by Joe Digman on October 22, 2011 at 8:17
As I near retirement I have learned: a boss is a boss is a boss.  It's all a function of perspective, vanity, self interest, integrity, courage, and ambition.  It has less to do with politics than with character.  Being a boss can do crappy things to your head.  The only true cure is workers with a voice on the job.  That's why we need staff unions.
Comment by Roberta Stewart on October 20, 2011 at 4:38
Hello Im not sure If im posting in the right group here but I was wondering If anyone could give me any clue as to how to apply to work or volunteer as an English speaking official in Germnay??
Comment by Thursday Velasquez Balatucan on October 10, 2011 at 12:19

Pamphlet shows how the Supreme Court erred in handing down an outrageous decision - Bald-headed employees get sacked

http://www.unionbook.org/profiles/blogs/primer-on-reverse-the-shave...
Comment by Thursday Velasquez Balatucan on October 10, 2011 at 12:18

 

Pamphlet shows how the Supreme Court erred in handing down an outrageous decision - Bald-headed employees get sacked

 

http://www.unionbook.org/profiles/blogs/primer-on-reverse-the-shave...

Comment by John Grace on May 7, 2011 at 22:19
Blaine I think a local can get all those things without giving away as many of their dues dollars as a national or international would charge them or what forming one of those would cost. The voice in the labor movement is around that afl-cio table as a VP so no matter what you do its unlikely you will get there unless you bring a few hundred thousand members in with you and you are invited. Union Staff have lots of power but thats not where it lies.
 

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