April 1 general pay increase 1.9%


On April 1, 2017, all CTs will see a 1.9% increase in our paychecks.

For most CTs,* the raise will show up in our April 28 checks (for the April 2 – April 15 time period).

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Karen Vuranch is Mother Jones

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Mother Jones

West Virginia storyteller and actress, Karen Vuranch, recreates the fire and energy that was Mother Jones in a living history performance. She tells the story of Mother Jones’ life and, treating the audience as if they were a group of workers, she cajoles and exhorts them to work together for the cause of the union. The audience is encouraged to participate by asking questions. Karen’s lively presentation will leave the audience knowing how it felt to sit in a union hall and listen to the outspoken Mother Jones. Continue reading

Walk for Warmth

Walk for Warmth graphicWe are participating in the annual Capital Area Community Services (started by labor folks!) “Walk for Warmth.”  The slogan for the walk is “Hearts and Feet Providing Heat.”  This Community Action event supports our neighbors and loved ones who need assistance with their heating bills.

The 3-mile walk is going on in Lansing, Mason, Charlotte, St. Johns, and Owosso at the same time on February 25, 2017.  Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the walks start at 11:00 a.m.

You can assist in two ways:  1) Join one of CTU’s two walking teams and get pledges/donations, or 2) Donate directly through CTU.

If you want to join one of our teams:

Mason Team:  Contact Kelli Kolasa, 432-7685, to register.
The walk starts at 10:30 at the First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash St, Mason 48854.

Lansing Team:  Contact Deb Bittner, 355-1903, to register.
The walk starts at 10:30 at the Lansing Service Center, 1301 Rensen St, Lansing 48910.

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Have you received your January CT News?

illustration January 2017 newsletter coverIf you have not received your January 2017 issue of the CT News, email Cheryl@ctumsu.org so that we can investigate the situation.

January’s is a four-page issue with information about how to protect your personal information in the wake of MSU’s data breach.  In her editorial, “Our Heads are Above Water,” President Bittner writes about our recently flooded basement and the need to prepare for unforeseen calamities.

The CTU Shopping List

CTU’s Shopping Listlists several sources for stores and products that are union friendly and/or made locally, in Michigan or in the U.S.  Our shopping list is a good resource for gift ideas during the holidays or throughout the year.  It is always available on our website under “Tools.”  Add products and stores to the list by sending them to Cheryl@ctumsu.org.