On March 8th dozens of members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) from around the country arrived in Wichita. Attendees from as far away as Alaska and Connecticut came to help strengthen and energize KOSE and its members through a training and mobilization program AFT conducts annually.More
Want to learn how to build a more powerful local union and become a more effective union activist? Take advantage of the special AFT Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) training opportunity in St. Louis on April 5-6. The day-and-a-half-long event includes courses such as Managing with Labor’s Values; Training Worksite Leaders; Union-Management Partnerships; Being the Public Face of Your Union; The Common Core: What, When, Where and How; Engaging Our Members through Activism and Better Communications; and Researching Your Employer’s World and How to Use the Information for Good. For more information contact the AFT’s Union Leadership Institute at 202-879-4497.
Although KOSE bargains for pay raises, those pay raises have to be placed in the budget and approved by the legislature before they can take effect. Last year for the first time, the Kansas Legislature aproved a two-year budget. That budget did not include raises for state employees.
The 2014 legislative session begins on Monday, January 13. Contact your legislators and tell them that pay increases for state employees should be a priority!
The pay raise the Governor announced for classified state workers has already begun to disappear from state budgets. This week budget subcommittees at the state legislature began deleting the pay raise from appropriation bills. So far employees at the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health and Environment have seen their pay raises vanish.
Is there a silver lining here? Maybe.
KOSE had a successful and productive 2013 convention. Members had an opportunity to to visit with legislators from key committees and were addressed by House Minority Leader and Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Davis. Nominations were made for KOSE officers and executive board positions. Ballots to vote for these positions will be mailed on November 12, 2013 and must be returned by December 6, 2013.
This year's KOSE Convention, Moving Forward, will begin with a reception on Friday October 25th and conclude at close of business on October 26th. The convention call was sent out to members on September 4th. All members of KOSE are encouraged to join our democratic process! The reception on Friday evening from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm is a great opportunity to meet and greet other KOSE activists and members. On Saturday, the work of the union will begin. Nominations for this year's officers must be received by 2:00 pm on October 26-- voting will take place by mail directly following the convention. We will have sessions on Workplace Bullying, legislative priorities and grievance handling. Registration materials can be found here. To register, please fill out the registration form and return it to the union office. If you need more information about the convention – which will be held at the Ramada Inn, 420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka - please call the KOSE Office at 754-354-1174 or email us at email@example.com .
Reports of workplace bullying, defined as unreasonable behavior by a person (or group of people) that intimidates, degrades, offends, threatens, or humiliates a worker (or group of workers), have increased over the past year. Collectively, we have a responsibility to make sure that all state employees work in an atmosphere free of bullying. Please help us take a first step by completing the electronic survey linked here. If you are interested in hard copies of the survey to use at your facility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.