A little less than one year ago, the AHE union began hosting negotiations with the board of trustees and rallies all throughout Clark College’s main campus. Now at the end of Fall term with the union’s negotiations still unmet, the union will be hosting a vote on Saturday on whether to strike or not. Today the Indy sat down with AHE union president Suzanne Southerland to gather information about tomorrow’s meeting and what students of Clark can expect.
Tell us how negotiations went yesterday:
“We were hoping that there was a chance that the administrative team would continue our negotiating salary, but that didn’t happen. In the previous negotiation session they made their last and final offer and between that session and yesterday, we have been organizing our strike vote. The hope was that they would start negotiating salary again but that didn’t happen so we will go forward with the strike vote on Saturday.”
Tell me what you expect to happen tomorrow:
“It’s very probable that we will vote yes.”
Assuming the vote is in favor of the strike, what can students expect?
“If we hold a vote and then we approve a strike on Saturday, we will be hoping that over the course of winter break the college team will ask us if we want to revisit the negotiating salary again. In the event if they don’t, the CCAHE leadership will at some point in winter quarter authorize a strike.”
More news to follow after the vote.