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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.

April 26: “Untold Stories” about labor in America

Saint Paul, Minn.—Learn about the history of labor in America in the Labor History series Untold Stories: A World in Turmoil – 1917-2017.

The first event in this series will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at the Saint Paul Labor Center, at 353 7th Street West, Saint Paul.

Panelists explore workplace safety issues in advance of the national commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day.  Presenters include Phil Qualy, a railroad conductor and director of the United Transportation Union Minnesota Legislative Board; John Sielaff, author of A Workplace Accident: John Anderson’s Fall from the High Bridge; and Mike Scully, an attorney from Sieben Carey, knowledgeable about workers’ compensation history and current changes and threats to the system.

This event is sponsored by Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.  All events in this series are free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.