Shipping with solidarity

packages2When you send your packages this holiday season, remember to send them UNION! Unionized package carriers are United Parcel Service (Teamsters) and the U.S. Postal Service (various).

Other ideas for a conscientious approach to the holidays can be found on CTU’s Shopping List.

November/December CT News

graphic of Nov/Dec CT NewsThe November/December issue of CT News is being distributed. In this issue, you will find a report on the October Membership Meeting, including the results of our recent CTU election and a membership vote on transferring funds from our Contingency Fund to Operations. We also begin a new column in which we will highlight one of our URs on a regular basis, provide a rundown of July through September Executive Board actions, and showcase the accomplishments of a couple of our members: Lori Mann, who was active in some recently passed legislation and Anne Simon, winner of the 2014 Gliozzo Award.

The CTU Shopping List

Our list of links and ideas for making socially conscious purchases – be they union made, sold in unionized stores or made in the United States, Michigan or our local communities – is available year round.  The site gets the most hits during the winter holidays, so we wanted to highlight it as we head into the season. Send any suggestions for additions to the list to

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CTU 2014 Election Results

photo of CTU ballot boothsThe results of the 2014 CTU Elections were announced by Elections Committee Chairperson Liz Owen at the October 29 Membership Meeting:
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2.5 % raise in April 2015

money graphicThe August 2014 CT News (still at the printer) will announce that our next general raise will be at least 2.3 percent.

The final numbers just came in, and we are please to announce that the increase actually will be 2.5%. 

For CTs, that raise will happen April 1, 2015.

This increase is the result of the great job employees at MSU are doing to help keep health care costs down.  Last year’s health care costs were at 2009 levels.