Monday, February 28, 2005

Why I Can't Go to San Francisco

. . .or anywhere else for Spring Break? I've got a union to reform.

15 Comments:

At 11:55 AM, Blogger timna said...

Looks like quite a challenge. good luck.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger timna said...

Looks like quite a challenge. good luck.

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger timna said...

Looks like quite a challenge. good luck.

(if this prints 3 times, it's because it kept coming back to me as not working).

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. What union? AAUP? Also, Timna keeps posting the following and gets bumped:

"Looks like quite a challenge. good luck. "

Joanna

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous clc said...

That's ok. We like timna ;-)

We're an SEIU local. We have a weird situation in that there are two faculty unions in the community colleges in our state; the other is an AFT local. Mine is the bigger one. The current leadership has been in place for 30 years. It's time for them to go.

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger jocalo said...

Well, you may not make 4 C's in San Francisco, but you will be doing important 4 C's work.

There's nothing more inimical to effective unions than arrogant, unresponsive union leadership.

I grew up in an AFL-CIO family; I helped establish an AFT local here at Foothill-De Anza; and I chaired the meeting that established the Foothill-De Anza Faculty Association (FA), an independent union not affiliated with AFT or NEA. We've got a well-designed decision structure and we've had strong, member-centered leadership since 1978, the first year you could unionize in California. So I applaud and support your efforts to create a union that unites faculty.

Go, Cindy!

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger sharon said...

Go Cindy! This is tough stuff, but I agree with John's comments. I moved from a "right to work" state where that meant I had the right to an insane work load for insanely low pay. A union needs to protect its members (and that helps students, too), but there is not much more frustrating than a union which has become insular and self serving. You've got a tough battle ahead, and my best is with you!

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger sharon said...

Go Cindy! This is tough stuff, but I agree with Jocalo's comments. I moved from a "right to work" state where that meant I had the right to an insane work load for insanely low pay. A union needs to protect its members (and that helps students, too), but there is not much more frustrating than a union which has become insular and self serving. You've got a tough battle ahead, and my best is with you!

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger Styles said...

Surely in San Francisco old Harry Bridges would understand, and when you cross that Bay or Golden Gate, you'll then have 4C's work even doubly spanned.

I concur with John.

 
At 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Sharon. Based on what I know about you, I think you're the right person for the job. You're smart and tough. Go for it.

Joanna

 
At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I finally had enough time in the day to sit and read the link. Your arguments certainly are convincing. I'm interested in hearing about how it all plays out.

Joanna

 
At 12:06 AM, Anonymous clc said...

Thanks for the support, all. We're working hard campaigning, but even if we lose, we feel we've already won, because we've got the membership talking and asking questions, and we've forced the first real, contested election in this union in the thirty years its been around. Things will never be the same in our little neck of the woods no matter what the outcome.

 
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