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Thursday, May 05, 2005

AFSCME doing inapproraite protests AGAIN

--posted by Tony Garcia on 5/05/2005

The "labor" union AFSCME, the University-activist local, is at it again. They are using their Union dues supported listserv and mailing address and their website to take up political causes NOT related to their membership.

Here is, painfully, the e-mail that they just sent out this morning:
Thursday, May 5, 2005
Morrill Hall
11:00 A.M. and again at 5:30 P.M.

Friday, May 6, 2005
And everyday thereafter
Morrill Hall
Noon and again at 5:30 P.M.

On Wednesday, May 04, 2005 nine of the General College students who were staging a peaceful protest at Morrill Hall were arrested. These students were standing up for their right to a quality public education.

During our strike in October 2003 University students and grad students staged a sit in at Morrill Hall and refused to leave until the University Administration agreed to call us back to the negotiating table. These students risked arrest on our behalf.

Through their valiant efforts of the students, the University administration was forced to call us back to the negotiating table and end our strike. Now is our opportunity to stand in solidarity with students who are fighting to protect the land grant mission of the University of Minnesota and to keep General College open and accessible to all Minnesotans.

Please join us at the rallies and show your support.
Phyllis Walker, President
Marie Milsten Fiedler, Vice President
Stefanie Yorek, Secretary
Brad Sigal, Treasurer
Kelly Ahern Nelson, Chief Steward

AFSCME Local 3800
University of Minnesota Clerical Union
1313 5th St SE, Ste 332 B
Minneapolis MN 55414

You decide...is this really part of a clerical union's purpose? Should they continue to maintain their tax benefits? Should they continue to steal union dues?


Blogger HM2 Viking said...

The labor movement is the one force in America that stands for access to affordable education and investment in human capital. Your question is garp. Unions are democratic institutions. Any union member is free to get involved and express their concerns about the direction of the union. A quality sadly lacking in corporate america.

July 30, 2005  

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