October 17, 2005

UNION NEWS: Union General Meeting – 7pm Tuesday – Ramphal Building

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/Default.asp?url=ARTICLE&article_id=456

The first Union General Meeting of the year will be held in R0.21 (Ramphal building) at at 7pm with Gemma Tumelty, General Secretary of NUS speaking at 6:30pm. All students should attend and have their say.

What is a General Meeting?

Well it is a town-hall style meeting, where any student can come and discuss their views on the different motions up for discussion, you also have an opportunity to ask Officers questions at the beginning of the meeting. Decisions made at a general meeting override those made by Union Council. So make sure you put it in your diary and come along and have your say about what the Union does.

What are going to talk about?

The full agenda is here. There are four important policies up for discussion, you can read their brief descriptions below.

What do I need?

Yourself and your uni card

General Meeting Motions

Military in the Union

To lapse the current policy that bans the military recruiting in the Union. Full motion here, although it is perhaps more useful to read the current policy which it is proposed is lapsed

Warwick in Asia

To discuss and decide the Union's position on Warwick in Asia. This motion will be withdrawn if Univeristy Council decide not to go. Full motion is here

Fees

To update the Union's Fees policy and agree to campaign to make sure the government keeps the cap. Full motion is here

Housing Policy

To update the Union's Housing Policy and to campaign against agents that release their housing lists to early. Full motion is here


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  1. Curtis Johnson

    Check out this article. Are our policticians supporting us?

    WARD HARKAVY, VILLAGE VOICE, 2000 – Twice in three days last week, Hillary
    Rodham Clinton basked in the adulation of cheering union members. Her
    record
    of supporting collective bargaining, however, is considerably worse than
    wobbly. Pity the thousands of unionists at last Tuesday's state Democratic
    convention who chanted her name, and the hundreds of retired Teamsters at
    Thursday's luncheon in midtown who had interrupted their Founder's Day meal

    to hear the corporate litigator turned union-loving Democrat deliver a
    campaign speech.

    They would have dropped their forks if they had heard that Hillary served
    for six years on the board of the dreaded Wal-Mart, a union-busting
    behemoth. If they had learned the details of her friendship with Wal-Mart,
    they might have lost their lunches. . . In 1986, when Hillary was first
    lady
    of Arkansas, she was put on the board of Wal-Mart. Officials at the time
    said she wasn't filling a vacancy. In May 1992, as Hubby's presidential
    campaign heated up, she resigned from the board of Wal-Mart. Company
    officials said at the time that they weren't going to fill her vacancy.

    So what the hell was she doing on the Wal-Mart board? According to press
    accounts at the time, she was a show horse at the company's annual meetings

    when founder Sam Walton bused in cheering throngs to celebrate his
    non-union
    empire, which is headquartered in Arkansas, one of the country's poorest
    states. According to published reports, she was placed in charge of the
    company's "green" program to protect the environment. But nobody got
    greener
    than Sam Walton and his family. For several years in the '80s, he was
    judged
    the richest man in America by Forbes magazine. . .

    Was Hillary the voice of conscience on the board for American and foreign
    workers? Contemporary accounts make no mention of that. They do describe
    her
    as a "corporate litigator" in those days, and they mention, speaking of
    environmental matters, that she also served on the board of Lafarge, a
    company that, according to a press account, once burned hazardous fuels to
    run its cement plants. . .

    The Clintons depended on Wal-Mart's largesse not only for Hillary's regular

    payments as a board member but for travel expenses on Wal-Mart planes and
    for heavy campaign contributions to Bill's campaigns there and nationally.
    .

    .

    Meanwhile, Wal-Mart's first lady, who also benefited from Wal-Mart stock,
    solicits support from union workers. Which makes her words to the elderly
    Teamsters last week especially poignant: "You can count on me to stand up
    for the right to collectively bargain!" Right on, sister!

    09 Feb 2006, 01:57


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