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Bargaining for the Common Good in Higher Education
February 22 @ 4:00 pm - February 24 @ 4:00 pm
The convening will be hosted by a steering committee of representatives from labor, community and student organizations and convened by the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers University. The convening will bring together leaders from higher ed and health care unions, student groups, racial justice and other community organizations from across the country to strategize about how to build the power to win and transform contract negotiations into broader community fights and how to wage inspiring common good campaigns that connect workers more deeply to their union and increase membership in preparation for the Janus decision. We hope to build on the great work that many local unions and community groups across the country have done around Bargaining for the Common Good, and center the discussion on the unique challenges and opportunities facing higher education. The convening will also have a track for non-bargaining locals who want to run common good campaigns on their campuses or at the state level. Check out our newest article about BCG for more information and examples of successful campaigns.
The concept of Bargaining for the Common Good is about forming long-term community-labor partnerships around a common vision for the change we need to see in our cities, states, and country, and fighting for that change both at the bargaining table and in the streets. Workers’ lives do not end when they leave the workplace, so unions should partner with community organizations to develop campaigns and bargaining demands that improve the broader communities that workers live and work in. This means using the tool of bargaining and campaigning to:
craft campaigns and bargaining demands that are in partnership between unions, community groups, and worker centers;
transcend the bargaining frameworks and norms that say that unions can only bargain over wages and benefits and reject them where they are not useful; and
embrace direct action against the corporate targets that are standing in the way of our vision for our communities; and
build and maintain strong unions with high member engagement in the wake of a shifting legal environment.