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More "Listen-Up" meetings scheduled.

It is getting crowded. we are being over-run with C.A.T.s and B.A.T.s. Whether the term is Contract Action Team or Bargaining Action Team, more members and more stewards are becoming involved with the 2009 contract. Members are becoming part of unofficial C.A.T. teams and finding that they can be part of a Contract Action Team just by being willing to listen to their friends and to pass on the information. A lot of us can’t get to a rally or feel uncomfortable in the public eye.

It doesn’t matter! I will paraphrase Andy Stern “this is a new world” and we have to find new ways of dealing with our employers. In the case of many MSEASEIU members we need to go back to the old ways. No matter how hard we work for the public or how good a job we do, our paychecks are held hostage by politics and we need to deal with that fact.

What does a politician listen to? They listen to email, they read letters, and if their staff says they got five, ten, a hundred calls about an issue they listen hard.

Our C.A.T. members are being urged to do things the new way and talk to their friends, email, write, call, or do all of those things and reach out to touch the legislature.

Another thing that makes a Politician quiver is public information. Public information put out by a well funded campaign chest and run with the intent of serving the members.

Do not turn away when a steward asks you to sign a $1.00 a week or even more to fund a campaign to help you. The right is well funded as we can all see in the paid and polished attacks on any employee with benefits. We need the same strength to fight back. You can make a decision to give for now and it is not a commitment for life. Unlike taxes this is something you have to volunteer for and something you can stop if you don’t like the results.

Please consider signing up for a few bucks a pay period, it just may be the thing that keeps those pay periods coming.

You can do something now! Do you want to be heard? Fill out this Bargaining Survey and be heard.Click Here to take survey Click HERE to see how other members are voting..If you have any ideas for putting together a survey for your local or your bargaining unit please contact me at Narsbars@UnionMaine.OrgIf you get one person to fill out this survey you will be helping yourself. Ask a friend to fill out the survey and ask them to find another friend to do the same.

Any proposals gathered will be given to the new teams when they are elected.

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May 21st, 2008 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

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