Meeting Summary from 9/21/15

  • Moderator: Darwin

  • First discussion point: How do we formalize decision making to ensure that we can make decisions when necessary?

    • We are going to create two committees to deal with different efforts: media and organizing.

      • Media: will build contacts with media, create press releases and other related documents, control the website, and do any necessary social media.

      • Organizing: will be in charge of canvassing, flyering, tabling, as well as outreach to other groups and individuals.

    • Those in attendance discussed their personal preferences for what group to work with. We nominated two individuals to be the contact point for the initial committee:

    • Also discussed having a face of the organization. Decided to create two co-leaders who would help to keep things organized but also be the outward face of the organization.

      • We found it best that we have one woman and one man.

      • Darwin and Robert were nominated, but we will take more nominations now before we vote. Email Kevin.Reuning@gmail.com with nominations.

  • How to talk about unions:

    • We did not spend a lot of time on this as members of the Labor and Employee Relations dept weren’t available to attend. We did discuss the need of holding a training ASAP.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • The grad school is holding townhalls. We need to be involved in them.

    • There are different townhalls for different colleges. As of now we know:

      • College of Ag – Oct 5th 5:30

      • College of Liberal Arts – Oct 6th 5:30

      • Eberly College of Science – Oct 7th 5:30

    • We want to table outside of the event with information about the union.

    • We need to discuss what questions should be the focus of our asks.

    • Organizing committee should take over planning this.

  • Other items:

    • Jeffrey M – Has been talking with American Association of University Professors (AAUP) about them supporting us. They have offered to sign a letter of support.

    • We have the opportunity to have a running column in the Collegian. Need to finalize what our first letter should be (Media).