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Questions from 2018 Fall Inservice General Membership Meeting

These are the questions that were written down on note cards during the GMM that we didn’t have time to answer.  

Q: What are the dates of the 1 year membership and 30-day period?  Academic year? Calendar year?

The 1 year date is from the date the recommitment/membership card is signed.  The 30-day period to opt out of union membership is the 30 days leading up to the anniversary date of the original signing.

Q: Other than individual repercussions, what was the point of the class and comp study?  Was it just an alternative reclassification request for the individual? Are you going to bargain to actually fix the entire classification system and the base job descriptions?

Fixing the entire base job classifications is one of the biggest reasons for doing the Class and Comp Study.  Yes, it will fix job classifications for all. It will likely mean a lot more work needs to be done for the employees who did not submit a PAQ.  More to come on that later.

Q: Program and service sustainability analysis.  When can we see the document?

We will post it with the GMM minutes.  Most likely the week of 10/1/2018.

Q: Can we receive a list of classified employees who are and are not union members?

We will need to check with AFT. There may be privacy issues. My gut says, “No” for this reason; but we can verify. It would be helpful to know the purpose.

Our Membership Chair and our AFT Organizer Rep have those lists and do use them to reach out to non members during Membership Drives.  We share the names with our WorkSite Leaders so they know who to approach.

Q: Have the union officers asked classified non-union members why they are not members?  If so, what are the reasons?

That is exactly what we do during our Membership Drives.  We want to know their concerns and educate them on how the Union serves them.

Q: How are union fees being determined now after Janus?  Will they increase for the members? Can we have a structured fee based on membership numbers so the more members join the fees per member decrease as a way to encourage more to join and encourage current members to recruit co-workers to join to decrease fee costs for everyone?

Post Janus = same as pre-Janus, except the affiliates may increase their fees because fair share members pay $0 for the same benefits, rights and representation. Unfortunately, this puts all bargaining and administrative costs on the back of members for the benefit of everyone in our bargaining unit. 

Q: Individuals pay LCCEF the fees each affiliate charges for that individual, then LCCEF passes the amount collected on to the affiliate.

Fees are based on projected annual salary.  The only flexibility we have is on the LCCEF portion, which is currently <$7 per person, per month (depending on projected annual salary).

Pat Griffin went to a convention over the weekend specifically to discuss union dues at the state level.  His take away was that there will most likely not be an increase in membership dues at the local level (your union dues will not increase), but we will have more detailed information on this in the next week, or so.

Q: How will we know what the points mean and how they relate in the Comp and Class Study?

That will be explained when the college sends out the Job Classifications with the point system attached.  

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