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Stop! Don't Ratify That Contract!

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Even after all this time, there are people dissatisfied with the DAS contract that has been negotiated. I'll admit that I'm one of them! Let's look at some of the reasons being given:  read more »

Why so shy?

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Why are we downplaying the DAS Bargaining Conference? Yes, it's been 8 months of bargaining. Yes, it was very tough. So again I ask, why are we downplaying this very important next step in finalizing a contract for State agency workers?

There was a lot more hoopla last contract. I wasn't nearly as involved then, but I still remember hearing about the bargaining conference. I remember that I could have gone if I so chose.  read more »

This new policy will solve all of our problems

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All personnel will now be required to look happy while working. Governor-approved supplies will be provided to each employee at little or no cost.  read more »

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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Hell Freezes Over!

May 16, 2009

On Saturday, May 16th, 2009, Hell officially froze over! While sitting in the Board of Directors meeting, it was rather warm in the afternoon. Towards the end, a potentially serious topic came up. After a presentation by one of the staff lawyers, the discussion started. After only a couple of minutes, the Chair recognized Immediate Past President Joe DiNicola.

And that's when it happened!

I agreed with Joe!  read more »

A new cry to rally

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Well I hope everyone attended today's rally activities. I know that I saw a few faces that I don't normally see at union events. That's a good sign that people are starting to realize how serious the situation is. (Or maybe they just wanted the free t-shirts and food).

While we were out-and-about, we were chanting the usual rally cry that we use:  read more »

A message from management

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I don't know about any of the other agencies, but the Director of DHS has been meeting with groups of employees around the state recently.  For some people, those  meetings are in person at the work site. For others that are more remote, they're arranging video conferences.  read more »

George Orwell was an optimist

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Ethics signpostBack in October 2008, SEIU International appointed members to the SEIU Commission on Standards and Ethics. They touted this group as an, "independent panel of academics, clergy, ethicists, and union leaders." The fifteen members were supposed to deliver a "comprehensive package of recommendations to the International to ensure that the Union's leadership is held accountable to the members at all levels."  read more »

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