Archive for March, 2013

At its February 28 meeting, the Council of Reps voted down a proposal to put a union dues’ increase on this semester’s ballot.  The proposal was originally declared as passing.  Mark Tomes, Secretary-Treasurer, corrected his error with an email to council on March 3, saying, although it was close, the proposal actually failed.  Tomes went on to say that the Council could take up the matter again this semester.  Or, the Executive Board, “can discuss the proposal at its next meeting.”

Whattt?  So, if Tomes and the EB didn’t get what it wanted the first time, they’re going to do it again, hoping the attendance at Council that day will change the outcome?  Pressuring attendance by “supportive” reps?  Or, failing that, the EB could just do it without the Council.  Council members, what do you think about that?

And, with regard to the preposterous notion of a dues increase, I, for one, have no desire to pay one more penny to an organization that appears to have failed in its duty of fair representation.  A union’s two main purposes are very simple: bargaining and grievances.  WWL sincerely asks someone to enlighten us about one substantive thing this union has done in negotiations to improve our working life.  And, grievances?  CCFT has sent abused faculty to the courts instead of to their union.  Faculty have lost their jobs because of the union’s lack of representation.  And, now it wants more of our money?  This union has taken one of the most exciting, involved, award-winning locals and turned it into a laughing-stock and one of the lowest paid in the state in a short 4 1/2 years.

But, we do say kudos to those reps who stood their ground and said “no” to even putting the measure on the ballot.  Please let us know who you are; we’d like to thank you.  And, please stand firm.

Watch for a special report, coming soon.  Thanks for your time.

WWL loves the idea of warming centers.  There are now a few around the county.  Let’s get more.

“Homeless can seek shelter from rain, cold”

Published: March 7, 2013

By AnnMarie Cornejo — acornejo@thetribunenews.com

The Prado Day Center, which serves the homeless in San Luis Obispo, will be open Thursday evening and Friday as a warming station due to predicted rain and cold temperatures.

Volunteers are needed to help staff the warming station from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday and from midnight to 8 a.m. Friday; 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Prepared dinners, for up to 40 people, are needed both days. Meals can be prepared and delivered to the Prado center. Donations of plates, bowls, cups and utensils are also needed. Donations can be sent to 43 Prado Road in San Luis Obispo.

Those who have questions, or an interest in volunteering or donating, can email dtorres@capslo.org or call 541-6351, ext. 822.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/03/07/2420568/prado-day-center-to-be-open-as.html#storylink=cpy

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