The National Education Association is ramping up efforts to keep local chapters from leaving the national union. It started back in March with a bylaw, outlining a number of hurdles, that ultimately make it harder for locals to secede should they choose. Now, the National Education Association board of directors has proposed another rule, one that would allow them to put locals under trusteeship, even without meeting the requirements outlined by the DOL. More details here.
Things look brighter for members of the Temple Association of University Professionals. Inauguration into their union began this month with open negotiations. Open negotiations are those in which organization members are invited to be present during the bargaining session. They’re not common, but they’re not unheard of either. And they certainly invite a level of transparency that it would be nice to see more often in the collective bargaining process.