A safe place to speak our minds about FUSE operations, whether good or bad, and not risk being made a public target & outcast.

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

THE GOOD: I see this Blog site as having a positive impact on our membership - if people can post what's on their mind and make it known when we have issues with an E-Board decision, then our voices can be taken into consideration. When no one speaks out for fear of being the only one with issues on what's happening, then there is no way for the decision makers to know anything is wrong.

THE BAD: I'm going to just list them out.

  • All expense paid trip to New York for Temporary employee and retiring classified whose last work day is 5 days after her return – neither of those have a need for LIUNA training, paid for by members’ dues.
  • Car insurance for Business manager and temporary employee to do union business, paid for by members’ dues. The rest of us Classifieds have to pay our own insurance to drive back & forth to work – they should be no different.
  • The whole “Vance” process, where some jobs got rewritten and the new descriptions & pay rates implemented, yet other positions were left out completely. Either everyone should have gotten through, or nothing.
  • Giving an entire department a 5% raise across the board in the name of “re-organization” when most of the job duties had not changed. Only those that had an increase of skill required for the new job description should have gotten the raise.
  • The Temporary office staff position: If the Business Manager has full release time and there are stewards back in position, then there is not a need for a 30 hour/week temp position. That position also does not warrant a level 20 pay rate for the type of duties involved, nor should it be titled “Office Manager” as there are no employees to manage.
  • Temporary employees should not be attending FUSE meetings or any classified shared governance meetings as they are not members of the classified body. Nor should they be getting all-expense paid trips to union trainings and conferences paid for with membership dues.
  • We should not have to have waited almost 2.5 years for a copy of our contract. And we should also have easier access to the monthly expenditure reports - they should be available on the Public Folders for any Classified member to review once they are completed, and in a timely manner.
  • Expenses: On the last 3 available monthly expense reports, there is an average cost of $300-400 for "meals & refreshments”. There are 2 general meetings per year and one new employee orientation lunch. What is the remaining money being spent on, and is it really necessary?
  • Is it completely necessary for the same E-Board members to attend the same conferences they attended each year over the last 5-10 years? Couldn't they skip a few and save some of our dues money?

    Bottom Line: The Union should be focusing on what the membership majority wants, and there needs to be a lot more communication to find out what that is. They should also be focusing on how to save members’ dues money, not spending it just because it's there. If we can afford to send a soon-to-be retiree and a temp to New York, as well as pay for their car insurance, then we are paying WAY too much

THE UGLY: Let’s try to keep this site from getting “Ugly” and just stick to the facts, and how we can make improvements where needed.


Blogger KG6PIR said...

I would have to agree with you on the fuse board sending 2 people to New York when one is a temp and the other will retire 5 days after they return.

The thing about us paying too much for our dues I do not agree with. When I was a carpenter in the 90's I was paying about 50 dollars a month. I do not think we pay too much I think we pay to little.

I think this is a grate idea and a place for people who think they do not have a voice can have that voice with out concern for retaliation. But then again there are people like me who really do not care for the political BS and because of this have in more then one occasion shoot himself in the foot.

So I will say 73, KG6PIR - John

September 20, 2005 9:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about your comment that we pay too little in union dues. I am aware that compared to other unions, our dues are fairly low, however in my opinion it seems that a lot of money is being spent on non-essentials, (i.e. monthly food costs, trips, etc.) and that wouldn't be happening if there wasn't a surplus of funding. Can you expand on why you think the dues should be higher? Are there more services you feel that the Union could provide if their was more money coming in?

September 20, 2005 5:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are always more services that they could provide. Especially FUSE because they do next to nothing. This would imply they should provide those services with the money they are wasting on food, trips, etc.

September 21, 2005 6:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for providing this forum.

September 21, 2005 8:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earlier the statement was made, "The Union should be focusing on what the membership majority wants." I could not agree more. Personally I want to be considered an asset to the community I provide my public services to. I can only assume the membership majority feels the same as me.

In my opinion, the time it is taking to reevaluate our positions and the lack of efficiency in doing so directly reflects the lack of acknowledgement regarding how important we are to the students. As public servants I feel that we should be considered as valuable as surrounding distracts consider their staff and FUSE should be standing up to make this happen. They are not pulling their weight.

September 21, 2005 8:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and now they're in Hawaii.

October 21, 2005 2:42 PM


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