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View Diary: What's the Deal With Unions Anyway? (103 comments)

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  •  It's about dignity.... (11+ / 0-)

    I'm sure every union contract has some clause in it that is purely dealing with dignity.  For instance, in 2000, the clerical union at Illinois State University (AFSCME Local 3236) included the following clause:

    The phrase “performs other duties as assigned” on the position Class Specifications shall be interpreted as “performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification.”
    That section entitled, Other Duties As Assigned, was put in because prior to the clause, clerical were told to clean breakrooms or conduct a supervisor's personal business such as errands or even babysitting.  
    We are professionals, not someone's mother, in the workplace.  

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