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Workplace Health and Safety Update on Asbestos

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee, a labor-management committee comprised of all the unions on campus and university representatives, met to discuss asbestos on campus and other concerns in December. 

The unions are satisfied (so far) that the university is responding appropriately to the discovery of asbestos on campus and that the conditions for faculty, staff and students remain healthy and safe.  We will of course monitor this closely.

MTA President Barbara Madeloni's Op-Ed on Charter Schools

On December 9, 2015, the Boston Globe published an op-ed by MTA President, Barbara Madeloni, concerning charter schools. Click here to read her comments.

FSU Members and UMB Students Speak Out Against Tuition and Fee Increases

The FSU and other unions on campus, along with UMB students, are speaking out against the Board of Trustee's decision to raise fees and against the rising tide of student debt. You can see coverage of this issue here, here, and here.

The Haitian Teachers Strike: Fighting Back in a Time of Cholera

By Al Leisinger, Mathematics, NTT Grievance Officer

SPRING 13

In November, more than 25,000 people demonstrated across Haiti as part of a national teachers strike. Demands of the strike included:

• A minimum salary for teachers and the payment of all back salary due to teachers

• An increase in the number of public schools throughout the country so that all Haitian children can go to school free of charge

• A vaccination campaign against cholera to be conducted in every school and university in order to eradicate cholera from Haiti

Reflections from Chicago: What Kind of Union Do We Need?

By Al Leisinger, Mathematics, NTT Grievance Officer

FALL 12

The Chicago Teachers’ Strike this fall was a signal that we don’t have to lie down and take the attacks on public education that have come down from both Democratic and Republican administrations.  Of the more than 26,000 CTU members who went on strike, just 20 crossed the picket line.

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