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35 Protestors arrested at UMass, Amherst
30 Apr 2002
Modified: 27 May 2002
35 protestors occupied the Whitmore administration building Monday April 29th to protest the university's refusal to recognize the residential assistants' union
Around 12:30 on April 29th, 15 union activists took over the office of the vice chancellor of student affairs, Javier Cevallos', office in the Whitmore administration building at UMass, Amherst. Demanding that the university set a date to bargain with the 360 residential assistants who voted to join the United Auto Workers local 2322, they refused to leave. Citing Massachusetts general law chapter 150e, they claimed the university is legally obligated to bargain with the RA's (who compose the first undergraduate union in the US). In a time when the university is under heavy financial stress from budget cuts, the university is spending public taxpayer money and student tuition to fight the RA union.
Cevallos', who earlier threatened that such court decisions could take four years, repeated the university's position of refusing to bargain.
The campus police were eventually called in and dragged (literally) the 15 protestors out of the building and into a bus. Demonstrators outside spontaneously blocked the police traffic, including the bus, and were also arrested. The total number of arrests for the day was 35. Included were UMass grad students, undergrad students, Hampshire College students, and local United Auto Workers members.
All the protestors were released on bail late Monday night. Arraignments were set for the Northampton County court on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
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Rally to Support Striking RA's
06 May 2002
Come show community solidarity with the striking UMass Amherst RA's and opposition to the administration's illegal union-busting!

There will be a rally Monday, May 6th at 12:00 noon on the steps of the Student Union. Tell the administration to recognize the RA's right to unionize and stop the ridiculous punishments of the 34 students arrested for expressing their freedom of speech and right to organize.
06 May 2002
Are the RA´s getting paid for federal work-study? This intrigues me that it's the first undergraduate union. Work-study students sometimes get treated like shit, I think forming a union could be highly beneficial. But I have a feeling that the stipulations of federal work study restrict forming/joiing unions.
work study union?
06 May 2002
the above comment about work study made me think about a union of work study students... also i heard work study was goin to get cut or changed a lot bi a bush propostion. anywayz... GO STRIKERS!
RA Union Rally in Boston
10 May 2002
SUPPORT UMASS WORKERS’ RIGHT TO ORGANIZE UAW Local 2322 is holding a rally to support UMASS Resident Assistants' right to organize on Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 11 a.m. at One Beacon Street in Boston. The protest is taking place outside UMASS President William Bulger’s office. We will be assembling a delegation of high-profile folks, such as politicans, to meet with Bulger and demand to bargain. So far, President Bulger has refused to negotiate with the RA Union, but those students are nonetheless holding their ground. E-mail Tim for more info at **************************
Get to the Root of the Problem
27 May 2002
Time + Energy = Wealth. What’s Your Share?

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- Thomas Jefferson

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6. State where issued.
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abundant and decentralized energy available from the
Sun’s present energy flow.

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their resident population and the renewable energy
harvesting within their locality and issue currency

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maintaining accurate records, all treasuries are
co-audited by other treasuries every quarter.

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among local treasuries, the quarterly audits are
performed by the treasuries of other localities
selected each quarter on a random basis by elected

The random selection of rotating local treasury
auditors is conducted by manually counted paper
ballots by the elected state, district, provincial and
territorial representatives.

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representatives also assist local treasuries in
maintaining accurate and uniform records, and
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elected every four years by manually counted paper

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citizens dividends and energy dividends.

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Arctic Zone.

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hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of
considering and carrying into execution new projects.
The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted
from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.”
- Ben Franklin


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