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Higher Ed union members say…"Fund our contract!" (english)
05 Sep 2002
Modified: 09:28:06 PM
Statewide campus actions send clear message to administrators and politicians: "Fund our contract!"
Press Release

At campuses across the state, thousands of college faculty, education professionals and support staff left work briefly this morning for a "unity coffee break." The coordinated campus actions were designed to show Governor Swift, the Legislature and college administrators that quality higher education hinges on funding for their union contracts.

The unprecedented statewide mobilization was in response to the refusal by Governor Swift and the Legislature to fund union contracts at 29 university, state and community college campuses in Massachusetts.

Most of the legally binding contracts were negotiated and signed over a year ago. Governor Swift submitted them to the Legislature for funding in November but then vetoed funding for the agreements last July after the Legislature approved the funding. Speaker Finneran and the state legislature chose not to override the veto.

"Today's action across the state are just the beginning," said Dan Georgianna, an economics professor at UMass Dartmouth and one of the leaders of the statewide mobilization. "We won't stop until justice is achieved for all of the hardworking staff who make higher education in Massachusetts world renowned for its excellence."

At most campuses today, union members were joined by many students and in a several cases
-- Bridgewater State College, Middlesex Community College, North Shore Community College, Salem State College and Westfield State College -- their top administrators as well. At Bristol Community College, the president even donated coffee and donuts!

Along with speeches by union leaders and local elected officials, union members chanted "a deal is a deal," and "fund our contracts." At UMass Amherst, an airplane flew over with the message "Keep your word." Union members also wore tee-shirts and buttons and carried signs. One sign, referring to Speaker Finneran and Gov. Swift said, "Tom and Jane have no shame…We were cheated!"

"I figured out that since July 1, 2001, I am owed what I usually get paid for teaching a course," said John Landry a part-time lecturer who spoke at UMass Dartmouth. "So, I am teaching a course for free, while Jane Swift reportedly taught a course with three students for $25,000."

The "Unity Break" was sponsored by HigherEd Unions United, a coalition uniting all of the state's higher education unions. The 23 local unions are affiliated with AFSCME, MFT, MTA, NAGE/IBPO, SEIU, Teamsters and UAW.

For a list of local campus contacts or a chronology documenting recent developments on the higher education contract, contact Rand Wilson at the above number.
See also:
www.seiu285.org
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What Are They Teaching? (english)
05 Sep 2002
If American "teachers" don't educate us (especially about economics), why continue another obsolete profession?

Don't let schooling interfere with your education. Educate yo'self!

Arrest the teachers (rejects), lawyers (liars), bankers (robbers), doctors (drug dealers), politicians (poodles) and other white-collar criminals for continuing their fraud for WAY too long.

Liberate rank-and-file humans from the death-industrial complex, TODAY!
See also:
egroups.com/group/jpchance