Archive for June, 2012

Come to an organizing meeting!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Are you disheartened about the working conditions in Adult Basic Education? Do you want to DO something about it?

Come to an organizing meeting and learn more about building a non-traditional union for ABE in Massachusetts!

  • Our next organizing committee meeting is Friday, June 29th at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Plain Library, 12 Sedgewick St., JP 02130 (in the basement).

Can’t make the Friday meeting but still interested? Email Jana Pickard-Richardson ( suggesting a meeting time you would be able to make. We’ll try to hold more meeting at different days/times in the coming weeks.

Read up on what we’ve been doing so far:

Building an ABE union in Massachusetts: Yes We Can! (4/25/12)

Early Educators’ Union a Model for Adult Ed?  (4/13/12)

Can ABE Piggyback off Early Childhood Ed. Unionization? (12/1/11)

A Non-Traditional Union Victory

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Home-based early childhood educators have won a victory in their struggle for collective bargaining rights- the MA House has passed a bill that would grant them the right to “negotiate their payment rates from the state if they choose to join a union,” according to the State House News Service.

This is good news for Adult Basic Education, because the most promising model for organizing ourselves right now would be a similar non-traditional union model, the same model that the MECEU* is following.

Read more about the early childhood education victory here.

Do you want to see change in ABE? Do you want to do something to improve our working conditions?


*The bill just passed was NOT the MECEU bill, but is similar to it (it applies to home-based daycares whereas MECEU is fighting to unionize center-based daycares).