Friday, April 21, 2006

News from Other Unions

Teaching assistants at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo voted this week to form a local of the AFT. Only 14 members of the 700-person bargaining unit voted against unionization. As we all know, the key issue in their union campaign is recognition, but workers are also seeking improvements in health care, particularly for women's health issues. And the news wire about the vote--which has been certified and made official--contains a line at the end about our strike!

Also today 32BJ, the union representing doormen and building maintnance workers in New York City narrowly avoided a strike when management agreed to many of their demands an hour after the strike deadline. Full health insurance and pension coverage will be preserved, and though wage increases are lower than workers would have liked, there is no wage freeze. Congratulations to 32BJ negotiators for doing such a good job! If workers had gone on strike, though, it would have meant two strikes on campus at once for the NYU administration.


Blogger kstrna said...

A great vote for WMU TAU but to clarify the vote as per the e-mail sent out over the CGEU list-serv:
290 yes and 14 no (304 total votes, 679 total grad employees).

4/21/2006 1:37 PM  

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