Rock the block! / Days of caring


rock_the_block_logo_smallCTU is looking to put together a team to help Rock the Block on Monday, September 19, through Friday, September 23, 2016. Contact Deb Bittner at or 355-1903 if you want to be part of TEAM CTU. You can sign up directly with Capital Area United Way by contacting Michelle Lantz ( or 517-203-5000).

Capital Area United Way hosts the event. This year, they’ve partnered up with Cristo Rey Community Center and Habitat for Humanity to revitalize the neighborhood around Cristo Rey. Volunteer opportunities include painting, home repairs, landscaping, yard work, and much, much more!
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August CT News

CT News cover August 2016The August 2016 CT News is now being distributed. We have more information on the elections:  the nominations notice on page 1, the duties of elected leaders on page 4, and information about the elections committee on page 5.  Make sure to use this information to help guide you through our CTU elections process, whether running for office or deciding who to support.  We also have reports on the July Membership Meeting and an interview by Union Edge with President Bittner.  Be sure to check out the article on Best Doctors—it’s one of those great health care tools that we don’t use enough.  Also, Tim Potter, the manager of MSU Bikes Service Center, contributed an article about MSU’s nifty services that could help make riding a bicycle to work a very attractive commuting choice.

CTU is a Fill the Bus collection site

CTU invites you to fill the bus

The CTU encourages CTs to participate in the 8th annual MSU Fill the Bus event sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement during Fall Welcome Week 2016 (August 29th – September 2nd)!  Continue reading

Meet our new contract administrator

rondy2Meet Rondy Murray, our new contract administrator.  Long-term members will probably remember Rondy, because she has a long history with our union, including a stint as Contract Administrator.  Starting as a CTU member in the late 1970s, Rondy became an Executive Board Director in 1983, was elected president of CTU in 1989, and was hired as a Contract Administrator in 1997.  She returned to work with MSU for a short while before becoming a Uniserv Director (similar to our contract administrator position) for the Michigan Education Association. She worked as a UD for 13 years in various regions around the state of Michigan.  She took an early retirement last year but is excited to re-enter the working world especially at her “home” base of CTU.

We are extremely pleased to have Rondy, with her wealth of knowledge and experience, back with us.

MSU labor leader dies

heckmanWe were shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Charlie Heckman, president of AFSCME 999 and chairperson of the Coalition of Labor Organizations at MSU. He died in a single-car accident on February 23.  The CLO relies a great deal on Charlie’s skills and experience, especially during our health care bargaining.  Charlie was a good friend to labor and to CTU. We are going to miss him.

Charlie’s family will receive friends and have a service, particularly acknowledging his time in the Navy and the special recognition that brings, on Wednesday, March 2, 4-7 p.m., at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 621 S Jefferson, Mason, 48854.

Charlie Heckman’s obituary