FROM THE DESK OF…
Kevin Moriarty, President
The US Supreme Court released its decision on Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association this morning. In a victory for working people across the United States, the court — by 4-4 vote — upheld the 9th circuit court decision. This means that the Abood precedent holds: Public sector unions have the constitutional authority to collect union dues from all members of our bargaining unit, including so-called fee-payers.
Though we have good cause to celebrate this victory, be aware that we face numerous challenges requiring that we continue with our organizing campaign. There are many other cases in the federal court pipeline that will reach the court eventually, making the appointment of a replacement for Justice Scalia who is sympathetic to our cause of vital importance to all of us. This, in turn, should motivate all of us to take an active role in this years federal elections to insure that we have friends in the White House and in Congress.
I thank all of those involved in the important work of our organizing campaign. Let’s all work a little bit harder and create the powerful union that will benefit all of us, our families, and our students.
Office Assistant needed for office of the SUNY Stony Brook chapter of UUP, a labor union representing the faculty and professional staff of the State University of New York (SUNY). The office is located at SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. Typical hours worked would be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. As a union organization, the position involves the strict confidential handling of member issues and complaints. Additional requirements include attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work well with others. The position also requires demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and Microsoft Office™ applications. Typical secretarial duties include answering phones, opening mail, preparing correspondence, responding to routine questions, and coordinating and setting up for membership meetings.
Resume should include credentials and applicable job experience. Please provide three business references and contact telephone numbers with resume. Please forward your resume marked “Confidential” by March 15, 2016.
No phone calls please. EOE/AA
The 2016 Spring Semester is upon us, and with it our work for the year begins again!
We have much to be thankful for as we look towards the future. Our chapter accomplished much in 2015, from sponsoring informative workshops and lectures to a successful fall membership drive, all our past efforts reflect an
engaged, active membership and chapter. And for this, I and the other officers are most grateful, and extend our sincere thanks to you all for all your good efforts. Much work still remains ahead of us in the coming weeks and semester, from obstacles such as the Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association to opportunities such as our upcoming contract negotiations, both offer us a unique chance to explore our chapter’s and our campus’ strengths and weaknesses. In the coming weeks, the Executive Board and Officers will be firming up the details to our chapter’s transition. We ask for your patience and understanding during this period. I am confident that the strong foundation we have forged these past years will serve as our platform for future success. Best of luck this semester, and stay tuned for updates…