Monday, May 15, 2006
Take that, supporters!
And here comes the backlash!
More speakers aren't speaking, because of union protests. Unfortunately for the union, most people seem to be blaming them or their allies, rather than the university. It's even worse because the union had the opportunity to get what they wanted.
Nunez offered the union a deal last week whereby he would add a line in the state budget allotting additional state funding for the purpose of increasing the university janitors' pay.
UC officials said they were disappointed that the union rejected Nunez's deal, but union workers said they wanted a stronger commitment from campus administration.
"The problem is if it gets in the budget it could be line-outed at any moment," said union organizer Debra Grabelle. "What we want is a commitment from UC Berkeley that they are going to fix the problem no matter what."
Stronger commitment? How does that stronger commitment taste? I mean, I assume you can eat it, or buy food with it, like you could with a pay raise.
Backlash here, here, and here.
Normally, a union uses its collective power to say "Hey, if you don't give us what we want, we'll fuck you up!" This time, though, the union used its collective power to fuck over some of its biggest supporters, at essentially no cost to the university. Way to go!
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