September 24, 2017
“We'll meet with you, but we won't consider your proposals. We're done bargaining.”
That's not an exact quote of Muste management. But it's pretty close. They have agreed to meet with us this Tuesday, September 26 … but here's what they said:
Jane Guskin’s termination is not an issue to be discussed at the bargaining table. … [W]e are happy to meet with you and discuss the contract. As we said at the end of our last meeting, this version is our best offer. We can talk about minor adjustments, but if we cannot come to an agreement, we will have reached an impasse.Why an impasse? There are still unresolved points to work through in the contract, and we deserve answers to our questions about Jane's unjust firing. We've put a lot of time and energy into this process because we want a contract that upholds A.J. Muste's values and makes us all proud. We're not there yet.
Help us keep the pressure on! Tell Muste management:
- Bargain in good faith and give fair consideration to the union's contract proposals.
- Meet with the union to resolve Jane's unjust termination.
Please act now! If you haven't yet taken action, there's still time!
- Sign our online petition: http://www.coworker.org/petitions/ajmuste-meet-with-the-union-about-unjust-firing and forward it to your friends and contacts.
- Write your own letter, expressing your concerns about Muste management's refusal to bargain in good faith, and about Jane's firing. Address it to the Muste Institute board of directors, and email it to the union at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to say in your letter if you are a grantee, donor, sponsored project, tenant, ally/partner group, current or former Muste board member, etc.
- Muste management's refusal to continue bargaining is an insult to the legacy of A.J. Muste, who was known for his commitment to dialogue, as well as for his activism for workers' rights.
- Jane's termination violates the Muste Institute personnel policy, and is an attack on our independent union's struggle for workplace justice.
- Jane's termination violates three of the “shared understandings” that Muste management has agreed to uphold and to enshrine in the collective bargaining agreement:
- The staffing policies and practices of the Employer should reflect at all times the values of nonviolence, social justice, fairness, and equality which are at the core of AJMMI’s mission.
- People work best when they are treated with respect and care for their human needs.
- Investment in staff knowledge and experience serves AJMMI’s mission.
Solidarity forever! An injury to one is an injury to all!
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