September CT NEWS

graphic of September 2016 CT News coverCheck out the September 2016 issue of CT News. In it, we feature CTU’s participation in the MSU rally to “Fill the Bus.” President Bittner’s comments on a letter we received from Brad Raymond in which he discusses some of our union’s earlier struggles with the classifications system–an issue that never seems to go away.  And there’s an article on Benefits Open Enrollment, October 1 through 31.

Please note that the October CT News will feature candidate statements and information about our 2016 elections on October 25.

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.

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

The new collective bargaining agreement

contract 2015-19Hard copies of the new MSU/CTU contract (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2019) were distributed to CTs last week.  Consider leaving your contract on your desk or some other location where visitors and coworkers can see it.  It’s one more way of showing that CTU is in our workplaces.

You can also access the contract online at

CTU’s Shopping List

gift2CTU’s Shopping Listlists several sources for stores and products that are union friendly and/or made locally, in Michigan or in the U.S.  It’s getting kind of late to order online, but many of products can be purchased at local stores.  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