Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sign our contract, or we'll be back.

The Writer's Guild strike continues on to day 115. Mitchell Kriegman is a successful writer and producer, gets a lot of things accomplished as a member of the Writer's Guild America East... then, what does he do once he gets a 10 million dollar deal from Sony and PBS? He tells his regular writers that they will receive a 66 percent paycut, which of course affects their health benefits, pension, and residual payments. Check the link and send him a letter!

In other "you're a backstabbing anti-union asshole news" NYU President John Sexton issues a not so thinly veiled threat to the grad students. Short version: we will start suspending you from teaching for two semesters if you don't return to your posts. You have principles; it was cute. Now go back to work. My favorite part gems are:

"For my part, I will not repeat the challenging history that contributed to the University’s decision to work directly with our graduate students rather than through the intermediary of a union."

You won't repeat the history? Okay, how about 85 percent of the GRADS voted to strike. This "intermediary" is an organization ran by the Grad Students of NYU. Can't you get that through your greazy head?

"For those who will be satisfied with nothing less than a union, I know it will be a disappointment that the University will not recognize GSOC/UAW as the collective bargaining representatives of NYU’s graduate assistants. I nonetheless hope that we share a goal to make graduate education at NYU better, even if we differ about the vehicle for achieving this, and that we can come together around this goal. "

A lot of things disappoint me, John. But when you figure out that you can't run your little purple machine without the Grad Students, it's a matter of time before you recognize the union.

Oh, and Mr. Mayor? There's one local union you seemed to forget when you went on your contract splurge. And you thought the musicians getting locked out of Radio City was bad for the city holidays, how about if public transit shuts down? 17 days to go.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Arieh Lebowitz said...

Received item below earlier in evening, about a rally noon Friday in support of the Graduate and Teaching Assistants at New York University, where the administration is not recognizing the union.

Be there! If you can attend the rally, great - whether or not, if you could share this ASAP via e-mail with others, great!


More info available at GSOC/Local 2110 UAW at NYU - http://www.2110uaw.org/gsoc/

>> Arieh Lebowitz / Communications Director / Jewish Labor Committee [ www.jewishlabor.org ]


URGENT CALL FOR SUPPORT OF THE GRADUATE TEACHING & RESEARCH ASSISTANTS OF UAW LOCAL 2110 WHO ARE ON STRIKE SINCE NOVEMBER 9TH, 2005

Join UAW President Ron Gettelfinger, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney, President UNITE/HERE Hospitality Division John Wilhelm, State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes, NYC Central Labor Council President Brian M. McLaughlin, Executive Board Members of the NYC CLC and NYC Elected Officials to Say:

NO … TO THE USE OF SCAB LABOR!
WE ... SUPPORT FOR THESE WORKERS RIGHT TO ORGANIZE!

UNIONS: “Please send your members, retirees and your banner”

DATE: FRIDAY DECEMBER 2, 2005
TIME: NOON
PLACE: Bobst Library, NYU - Washington Square Park South @ LaGuardia Place

4:23 AM  

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