General Membership Meeting Recap

Dear Colleagues,

It was so great to see so many of you turn out to our General Membership Meeting on September 14! As the bargaining team of our faculty union, we know that NTT faculty are such an important part of Loyola’s community, and we were happy to meet you all and discuss how we will take action together to win a strong contract that recognizes that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. For those who were unable to attend, here are some highlights:

  • The bargaining team introduced themselves, along with our chief negotiator, Remzi Jaos and our organizer, Nick Reid.
  • We updated the group on our summer work of putting together contract proposals and holding six bargaining sessions with the administration — the first time the administration has had to sit down and negotiate over wages, benefits and working conditions.
  • An open discussion of what members want to achieve with their union and members asked questions about the process.
  • The Loyola student group, Students for Worker Justice, stopped by to show their support for NTT faculty and took a picture with faculty as part of a national awareness campaign to support candidates who support higher ed issues like debt free college.
  • Members of the Communication and Contract Action Team (CCAT) discussed plans to make sure our union members receive information and resources in an effective way.
  • Members and the team signed a letter welcoming Loyola’s new president a letter welcoming Loyola’s new president, Jo Ann Rooney. We’ll be collecting signatures in the next couple of weeks. Join us in welcoming our new president and letting her know that we look forward to working with her!
  • The meeting adjourned and there was time to eat, drink and mingle!

We are honored to serve as your bargaining team and look forward to doing our part to win a strong contract. However, please remember that you are the union as well and we need to take action and work together to make sure we win the best contract possible for ourselves, our families, the students we teach and the wonderful university at which we teach.

Two ways you can take action right now are to click on the links below to sign our welcome letter and to fill out your bargaining survey if you haven’t done so already. As always, feel free to reach out to us by email or by contacting Nick Reid.

Welcome Letter: https://goo.gl/forms/dMC12FwrZ60WSqmj1

Bargaining Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/RSFaWCbrC5HlDLMo2

In unity,

Paige, Dave, Deb, Diane, Terry, Matt, Adam, Emma, Aaron and James

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