Clerical and technical staff picket campus

By Patrick Erwin, editor

Theresa Walker, member of Local 1708, distributes flyers at the picketing session.

This morning, several Truman employees picketed on campus. The employees are members of Local 1708, a union chapter that represents several groups of employees at Truman who serve in non-instructional capacities. The action, which organizers termed  “informational picketing,” began shortly after 11 am.

Spokesperson Theresa Walker, a human resources employee, said that “without us, there is no Truman College.” She said the group’s prior contract expired over a year ago, but no new contract had been negotiated. The group was slated to meet resume talks today, but according to Walker, negotiations last happened over two months ago.

The group distributed written statements to students and passerby indicating that the situation is “creating a great deal of uncertainty for us” and that the lack of a contract has led to “low employee morale.”

Walker expressed frustration at the lack of progress in negotiations, and said that “it isn’t fair to work and not be considered for a raise.”

Picket sign outside of Truman's front entrance


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