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Building an ABE union in Massachusetts: Yes We Can!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

We had a great meeting last Friday and are moving forward in trying to organize the field!

Where we stand right now, we are researching the best model for organizing our field. 

NEXT STEPS

We need to know what our bargaining unit would look like. That is, we need to build a list of the names and contact information of everyone working in ABE programs.

You can help by:

Learning more about the steps to forming a non-traditional union by looking at the MECEU Candyland flyer. These steps would be the same for ABE as for Early Childhood educators.
Gathering the names and home contact information (e-mail, address and phone) of the people in your adult education program (whether or not they are currently interested in the union*). (Print this sheet and pass it around at your next staff meeting. Follow this link to enter your information!)
Talking to your coworkers about this non-traditional union and organizing effort. Share this informational flyer and MECEU Candyland.
Talking to your contacts at other ABE programs and getting them involved!
• Coming to the next Organizing Committee meeting: Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Plain Library (12 Sedgewick St., Boston 02130)
• Organizing your own local meeting to discuss this unionizing model.
Read our previous posts on organizing the ABE field:
Early Educators’ Union a Model for Adult Ed? (4/13/12)
Can ABE Piggyback off Early Childhood Ed. Unionization? (12/1/11)

 

*We need to talk to people to find out their interest. Down the road, when we have a better idea of the size of our bargaining unit and are expanding our campaign, we will start signing union authorization cards giving our union the ability to bargain a contract for ABE workers.

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Update: Hotel strike settled!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Good news since our last posting about the strike at the Hilton San Francisco, where the COABE conference will be held this year.

UNITE HERE and Hilton reach settlements in Chicago, San Francisco, and Hawaii*

After extensive negotiations, Hilton leads industry with contracts that move workers forward as the industry emerges from recession.

After many months of bargaining, UNITE HERE and Hilton Worldwide have reached tentative settlements in three major markets–Chicago, San Francisco, and Honolulu. The agreements signal a major breakthrough in citywide hotel negotiations nationally and a path forward for hotel workers as the hospitality industry emerges from the recession. The tentative agreements, affecting nearly 4,000 workers, have been recommended by the respective negotiating committees in each city and are subject to ratification by the local membership.
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COABE Conference to be held at Union Boycotted Hotel

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This year, the attendees of the COABE Conference in San Francisco might have to cross a picket line to get to their workshops, plenaries, and networking sessions.

That’s because the Hilton San Francisco Union Square is currently under boycott by the UNITE/HERE hotel and restaurant workers union.

Photo courtesy of UNITE HERE Local 2

Despite Hilton’s parent company, Blackstone Group, having recently received many millions of taxpayer dollars in Federal bailout money, Hilton is demanding benefit and pension cuts from its workers, a 40% workload increase, and no raises. Yet Blackstone saw an increase in net income of 23% last quarter. Workers, who are the San Francisco counterparts of our ABE and ESOL students, are currently working without a contract. By any measure, this is not fair or just. (more…)