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Jan. 17 marks 56 years for collective bargaining and Executive Order 10988

If you walk around Metropolitan State on Wednesday, Jan. 17, you might notice a lot more staff and faculty with shirts or buttons calling out their various bargaining units: Inter Faculty Organization (IFO); Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE); American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 5 (AFSCME Council 5); Middle Management Association (MMA); and Minnesota State University Association of Administrative Service Faculty (MSUAAF). This is done in commemoration of the signing of Executive Order 10988, an important milestone in the struggle for public sector workers to organize collectively to negotiate with public employers.

On Jan. 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, “Employee-Management Cooperation in the Federal Sector,” giving federal employees, among other things, the right to engage in collective bargaining through labor organizations. This order came to be as a result of the findings of the Task Force on Employee-Management Relations in the Federal Service, which President Kennedy had created on June 22, 1961. Aside from providing federal employees a seat at the table in forming and implementing policies and procedures, the order moved states to adopt similar provisions for state government employees.

In the intervening 50 years, Executive Order 10988 has been expanded on and improved by a succession of presidents, from both parties, culminating in President Jimmy Carter’s signing of Title VII, the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute into law on Oct. 13, 1978. This codified the provisions for collective bargaining rights for federal employees, and created the U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Our university community functions well because of staff and faculty who are represented by bargaining units empowered by Executive Order 10988. Collective bargaining keeps the university professionally competitive, ensuring that capable, qualified individuals are here to meet student needs. On Jan. 17, take a moment to acknowledge the contributions of the union members who make our “university without barriers” a powerful partner in supporting students on their journey of lifelong learning.

Nancy Black recognized at IFO Delegate Assembly Banquet

A black and white photo of Nancy Black
Nancy Black

Nancy Johnson Black, professor emerita, Social Science Department, received the Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Advancement in MnSCU Award by the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Board of Directors and Feminist Issues Committee (FIC). Black received the award during the annual Delegate Assembly Banquet on April 1.

Tamara Berg, IFO board representative from Winona State University and board liaison to the FIC, presented the award to Black for her six years of outstanding service as IFO president and her great strides in improving the lives of women faculty through her visionary leadership and tireless energy.

“I am deeply honored to have this award. The IFO, the faculty union which represents more than 3,800 faculty on the seven state universities in Minnesota, is the guiding force and backbone for addressing issues of equity and diversity within MnSCU. I learned so much from my colleagues over my 30-year career at Metropolitan State University; importantly, one must never be afraid to speak out, especially for those who feel they must remain voiceless. There is no greater reward for service than being respected by one’s colleagues,” said Black of the honor.

Black is the only IFO president to serve three terms and to sign four IFO contracts with MnSCU. After serving two terms as an effective IFO president, the membership again sought her leadership and elected her to serve as IFO president from 2012–2014. As president, Black’s priorities included domestic partner benefits, salary equity and transparency in faculty placement on the salary schedule. She also saw improving faculty salaries as a core responsibility and contract agreements included record increases of 8.7 percent and 11.2 percent.

In addition to teaching at Metropolitan State for nearly 30 years, Black cofounded the Social Science Department, developed its major and curriculum and was chair for the first nine years. She was active in local campus governance and a leader on Metropolitan State’s Women’s Commission, chair of the Women’s History Month planning committee and a member of the Women’s Studies Consortium.