Harris-Stowe State University Professional Staff elect HSSU-NEA as exclusive representative for bargaining

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From the Missouri National Education Association
1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

For further information: 
Greg Carr, HSSU NEA vice president
(314) 323-4053

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2014


 

Yesterday, a majority (54%) of the professional staff at Harris-Stowe State University voted to authorize the Missouri National Education Association to represent all full-time regular professional staff for the purpose of collective bargaining. 


“We are proud of the professional staff unit’s accomplishments, and we look forward to locking arms with them as they prepare to bargain their first contract,” says Greg Carr, vice president of HSSU-NEA. “A collective bargaining agreement will strengthen the university and enhance the education of our students.” 

This election follows the October 2013 vote of the full-time faculty to affiliate with MNEA.

Collectively bargaining an agreement allows professional staff to determine priorities and gives them a seat at the table with the university administration to bargain benefits and influence their role as supporters of the university’s success.

NEA represents more than 200,000 higher education faculty members in the country. Its membership comprises full-time faculty, part-time faculty, higher education support professionals and academic professionals at four-year colleges and universities and two-year community and technical colleges.

“We are organizing the faculty at Missouri State University with a potential of more than 700 faculty members,” Carr says. “St. Louis Community College, another MNEA affiliate, has more than 300 members and is currently working under a collective bargaining agreement.”


HSSU NEA professional staff members are an integral part of HSSU operations. Among the areas they serve are admissions, financial aid, residence life, registrar, athletics, career services, technology, academic advisement, counseling services, library science, student activities and accounting.


“We now have recognition as a collective bargaining unit to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all professional staff,” Carr explains. “This will enhance our ability to work with students and faculty who we serve on a daily basis.”


The 35,000-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.

 

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Posted Date: 6/11/2014
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