An effective site rep structure reaches lecturers, librarians
where they work
At UC Berkeley, 16 lecturer site representatives are fanning out
across the sprawling campus. In Davis, the union is fielding at
least 15. In both places, the effort to meet the challenge of a
new era in public sector labor relations is part of an even
larger move to change the culture of the union.
Like many public sector unions, the University Council-AFT is
preparing for a Supreme Court decision in the Janus v.
AFSCME case, in which the court’s new right-wing majority is
likely to strike down agency fees. That would invalidate the
union’s contract provision requiring non-members to pay a fair
share service fee for representation services.