Louise Lynch, USU-NEA leader and 16-year veteran of UVM, shares her thoughts on the recent announcement by UVM on changes to post-retiree healthcare and the 2% salary increase. Louise is a Office Program Support Generalist in CESS.
Recently, I received an email that was addressed to Non-represented staff from Richard Cate, the Vice President for Finance and Administration regarding Salary and Medical Benefits updates. I find it ironic that the University is announcing this 2%, FY13 raise in December instead of late spring as is their usual practice. Could it just be that this is an attempt to placate staff at a time when there is increased union activity in the air for unrepresented staff, and University Staff Union-NEA is filing for an election? Continue reading
NOTE: On Friday January 27th the Vermont Labor Relations Board announced that it AGREED with USU-NEA’s legal opinion regarding the signing of two cards. The VLRB agreed with USU-NEA that for the purposes of filing for a union election signing cards for both union efforts do NOT cancel each other out and both cards are counted.
A: YES! Watch the video to find out why!
Many people have been asking University Staff Union-NEA if we can sign two union authorization cards and answer is YES.
Here is why – and it is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Signing an authorization card is the first step in giving UVM staff – us – the choice to vote for a union.
- Signing a card – for one or multiple groups – makes it clear that there is a desire to hold an election and have the democratic choice.
- If the desire to have a union election is clear – based upon our legal opinion – there is no good reason that the UVM staff would be denied the opportunity to vote. Continue reading
This week, Maurice Koffman, president of the Michigan State University staff union, visited UVM to help with union organizing efforts. He sat down with us for a few minutes to talk about why he thinks that partnering with the National Education Association, the strongest educators union in the country, would be good for UVM staff.
Why should UVM staff partner with NEA?