To All Non-Faculty STAFF:

The Executive Committee of the Staff Senate represents the interests of all staff and, as such, will not take a position for or against collective bargaining.

In an effort to provide information to staff, the Executive Committee arranged for two speakers to present information and answer questions on the issue of collective bargaining on February 26. Because of the lack of readily-available information and the fact that several collective bargaining bills have been introduced during this legislative session, the speakers addressed only the general idea of collective bargaining.

Since the feedback received from the February 26th meeting made it evident that more information is needed, the Executive Committee is currently arranging for a speaker who will interpret SB207 and its approved amendments. We anticipate that the bill will move quickly from committee to the Senate floor. Therefore, the meeting will be held in the very near future.

In the meantime, staff have expressed an interest in a meeting where the various unions could make presentations. To this end, a Collective Bargaining Information Fair has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Guerrieri University Center, Wicomico Room.

Please keep in mind that if SB207 passes, it grants employees the right to vote. Employees will be able to choose whether or not they want to be represented by a union. If they choose to be represented by a union, they will also be able to choose which union will represent them.

We hope to see you on March 27th.

Linda Abresch
Staff Senate President