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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Day After

Well, now that the bomb went off (in reference to the 1983 movie in the subject line), I'm feeling a bit apprehensive. The things I said in my previous post were all based on factual information found in various recollections and minutes, and none of it is intended to come across as a personal attack on anyone, but I'm sure that it will be taken that way once certain E-Board members come across the posting. For that I am sorry, but these are things that have really bothered me over the years, and which I've heard echoed by many others even more upset that I. Hopefully the others will feel safe enough to make their voices heard in this type of anonymous venue. No one wants to cause turmoil amoung the classified body, but one upsetting occurance after another after another, feeling it myself and hearing it from others, I felt that I had to speak up - even if behind a cyber mask.

However, perhaps now that there's been some change in the E-Board appointments, they should be given a fair chance to find out what direction the membership would like to go, and hopefully they will listen to our concerns and make their decisions accordingly. Therefore, now is the time for EVERYONE to make ourselves heard as to what improvements we would like to see, as well as what we want to keep the same. If our voices are ignored, then there are always next Spring's elections.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't feel guilty if you are just being honest. You are not alone!

September 20, 2005 11:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame that we DO have to hide behind anonymous screen names because there still are those out there that will retaliate against you. That's right...it's true folks...there is retaliation. Last time I spoke out against the union, I had nearly 10 people either in my office or on the phone yelling & crying at me saying what a bad person I was and how I was wrecking the school and everything they worked for. Everyone should be free to speak their mind since it's everyone's union...not a cult! I think it's great that someone has provided a way for the classified staff to discuss their feelings about our union, because quite frankly you all have proven that an open forum doesn't work. My hope is that those of you who haven't been willing in the past to honestly look at the extremely questionably behavior of certain members of the Eboard, will sit back and take a good look at what has occured. Yes, they've fought for some of the classified staff (usually those who have blindly followed them over the years)but that doesn't mean they haven't done some really questionable things. I agree, sending Maggie to New York is absurd. Shari - well - that's what I mean by questionable because she WAS the business manager, but yeah, she retired 5 days later. Paying a TEMP at a range 20 is even more upsetting when some of our own classified staff should be that range (but the union isn't fighting for them.) I'm tired of hearing story after story of the union spending our money towards things we know nothing about and of them working towards things that aren't important to us. Again, who's union is this?

September 21, 2005 8:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a great way for all of us to speak about the union.

I have never belonged to a union prior to working as classified staff at Sierra College and if I had a choice, would not belong now.

I can't believe the classified staff "donates" $40 each month so that the E-Board can take trips, have luncheons, and now possibly have their insurance paid. I can't see where the $40 has been spent anywhere else, except for salaries.

Thanks for letting put in my 2 cents.

September 21, 2005 9:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can we get rid on Maggie's position? Can we get that ball rolling? I do not like a having a non important position make more than my hard working wife makes funded by my income. She also has access to personal privileged information about me.

September 27, 2005 1:06 PM


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