DEADLINE APPROACHING MAY 31st!
The Academy will include:
• Five 60-minute webinar sessions that will be conducted once per month from May - October 2018
• Completion of a short quiz/evaluation after each session
• Completion of an AFSCME Strong action such as engaging in one-on-one conversations with co-workers to increase membership, signing up new PEOPLE contributors in your local, or even getting involved in an organizing/political campaign through your local or council/affiliate just to name a few.
To be a part of the Academy, please complete the one-page registration form by May 31st. We will send you a schedule of sessions upon completion.
If you have any questions, please call Tsika Pasipanodya 202-429-1214.
DEADLINE IS MAY 1st.
The application deadline for the Strategic Corporate Research Summer School is May 1. The class is sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Cornell University, and it will take place on June 10-15, 2018 in Ithaca, New York.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The course is designed for students and others who want to make corporations accountable by working as researchers in unions and social change organizations. The course offers a regular track and an advanced track with an additional research and writing requirement.
WHO CAN ATTEND
It is open to individuals applying on their own and to individuals sponsored by unions and other organizations. Partial scholarships are available to non-sponsored individuals who opt for the advanced track. Inquire if interested in obtaining academic credit.
For more info, email email@example.com, call 607-269-7246, or go to the course website: www.ilr.cornell.edu/worker-institute/education-training/strategic-corporate-research-summer-school
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION FOR UMD COMMUNITY MEMBERS ?
The R.H. Smith Business school sponsors a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site that is ran by graduate students. Through the Master Service Learning Club (MSLC), Smith Master Students, volunteer their time to offer free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
The goals are to help client maintain compliance with the tax law, maximize their tax savings, to educate public about taxes and to provide both a valuable community service and a powerful hands-on learning experience for the accounting students.
APPOINTMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED
Schedule your appointment online (http://www.mslc-vita.org) or contact Susan Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more questions.
To the University Community:
Below and attached is an invitation to the Herbs & Other Natural Foods Lunch & Learn hosted by the UHR Office of Employee Benefits and presented by the State Department of Budget and Management Employee Benefits Division on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in room 110U of the Chesapeake Building. The location of the building may be found at http://maps.umd.edu/map/. Seating is limited.
Details of the workshop are included in the invitation. Please go to www.training.umd.edu to register. The link on the invitation below may not be activated.
Locate and hover over the March 7th date, Lunch & Learn title, and Lunch & Learn time. The registration pop-up will appear. In the lower, right corner is the red registration button.
Please call the University Human Resources Office of Employee Benefits at (301) 405-5654 with questions.
THE DEMOCRACTIC RADICAL UNION OF MARYLAND (D.R.U.M.)
... was the reorganized Strike Committee which coordinated the demonstrations and student-faculty strike at University of Maryland in the 1970s. They were a coalition of activist who allied themselves around the issues and objectives presented during the New Haven Black Panther trials. Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, a political activist and cultural icon, spoke to supporters and at Ritchie Coliseum (1972) and Student Union (1974).
WHAT'S INSIDE ThE RADICAL GuidE
The 1960s - 70s at University of Maryland were volatile times on campus as activists publicly spoke out about political and civil injustices. For a more complete synopsis, read the re-cap as written by the Washington Area Spark, "30 Days in May: U of MD 1970 " (source of the Radical Guide), The contents of the Radical Guide to the University of Maryland are meant to inform what was then considered "politically radical" students on politics, survival, and the current state of the campus. The Radical Guide can be viewed or downloaded below :
Sources : Washington Area Spark -May 2013, "30 Days in May: U of MD 1970 "; Wikipedia - "New Haven Black Panther trials" ; Diamondback - February 2018, "The Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party Urged a UMD Crowd to be Politically Active" ; Yale Alumni Magazine- July 2006, "The Panther and the Bulldog - The Story of May Day 1970"
SAYING WHAT YOU MEAN
1. Stay focused on the current topic.
Sometimes it is tempting to bring up past work issues or topics when discussing something current. Unfortunately, this often clouds the issue and makes finding mutual understanding and a solution to the current issue less likely.
2. Listen carefully to what others say.
In the workplace, people often think they're listening, but are really thinking about what they're going to say next when the other person stops talking. Truly effective communication goes both ways. While it might be difficult, try really listening to what others are saying.
3. Try to see the other point of view.
In most workplace situations, people want to feel that they have been heard and understood. They talk about their point of view to get fellow employees to see things a certain way. But those who try to really see the other side find that they can then do a better job of explaining theirs when it is their turn.
4. Try not to respond to criticism.
It's easy to get defensive when a fellow employee or a manager criticizes an idea or a proposed process. Criticism is hard for everyone to hear. But it is equally important to listen to the other person's reasoning for their opinion. There can be valuable information in the critique that can improve the original idea.
5. Take ownership.
Realize that personal responsibility is a strength, not a weakness. Effective communication involves admitting when an idea turns out to be a less than ideal solution. Ownership can defuse the situation, set a good example, and show professionalism and maturity. Managers notice.
6. Look for compromise.
AFSCME 1072 supports the Labor Rights of Faculty and Student Workers
Photo credits to The Diamondback . Read other related articles here : http://www.dbknews.com/archives/article_a4e6b726-e3bd-11e4-b070-fb33c879dd7d.html
Let's Celebrate Working People
Wednesday, August 30th (today), we will all take a moment to reflect on the life of a young man who was taken too early. In our country today these senseless acts of violence are becoming more prevalent. Ignorance and racism have lead to countless incidents of social injustice and violenceess as those on our campus and in Charlottesville.
The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has always fought against these horrific acts and ways of thinking.
AFSCME Local 1072, the union for UMCP staff, stands for inclusiveness and intends to promote these ideas with our upcoming contract. We will introduce language on the concepts of :
To this end, your local union has developed the following resolution:
WHEREAS, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1072 is proud that our membership reflects racial, ethnic, sexual identity, and religious diversity;
WHEREAS, although racism is hardly a new phenomenon in the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded a significant spike in hate crimes since Donald Trump’s election, as well as violent gatherings of white supremacists, including the deadly events in Charlottesville, VA on August 12;
WHEREAS, the wealthy and powerful have always used the politics of hate, division, and racism to divide us and weaken unions;
WHEREAS, by forging interracial solidarity, we can win union contracts that will better our working conditions;
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that AFSCME Local 1072 condemns the racist, violent actions of Nazis, and white nationalists, and attendees of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on August 12.
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that AFSCME Local 1072 rejects in the strongest possible terms the ideology of white supremacy.
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that AFSCME Local 1072 mourns the murders that occurred on May 20th and August 12th and will continue to support actions that oppose those forces that brought about those deaths.
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that AFSCME Local 1072 fully supports all counter-protesters who demonstrated against the hateful white supremacists who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that AFSCME Local 1072 recommits ourselves to the struggle for racial and economic justice, gender equality, and human and civil rights for all, and stands in solidarity with anyone who is fighting for the same.
As a campus community, let’s stand together and fight!
President of AFSCME 1072