Once we elect a bargaining team (no matter who is elected) we need to get prepared for bargaining.Having five members running for two spots on the Unit 2 bargaining team is a good sign. Hopefully, we all commit to staying involved after the election, win or lose. And we will need other Unit 2 members to be get actively involved.
We need to get working to prepare our bargaining survey. Then we need to speak to as many Unit 2 members as possible to hear their concerns, get their input and get them to complete the bargaining survey. We need to start having conversations about bargaining and our collective agreement.
We need to get beyond the few people that show up to meetings. During this campaign, I’ve been canvassing and speaking to members all over Keele campus (perhaps you’ve seen my poster). I’ve also been emailing lots of members. At the very least, they will know that our collective agreement is expiring and we are heading into bargaining. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to Glendon yet (although I’ve been lucky to have some postering support at Glendon). We do need to make sure we have an active outreach campaign at Glendon. I’ve canvassed (postering, leafletting and speaking to members) the following departments/hiring units at Keele campus:
Cinema & Media Arts
Earth & Atmospheric Studies
Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Physics & Astronomy
Public Policy & Administration Studies
Science & Technology Studies
Visual Art and Art History
If your department is not on this list, please send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org