Virginia Professional Staff Calls for Sanctions Against Virginia Education Association

The Virginia Professional Staff Association (VPSA) is calling for sanctions against the Virginia Education Association (VEA). The Virginia Education Association has engaged in a pattern of intimidation and escalation of bargaining proposals in the current round of bargaining. Additionally, VEA issued a “last package offer” to the VPSA bargaining team on 2/10/18 more than 6 … Continue reading Virginia Professional Staff Calls for Sanctions Against Virginia Education Association

Are You Sure You’re Ready? #3: The Best Defense is to Win on Offense

“What the fair share burning platform laid bare was an ugly truth: unions are out of touch with the overwhelming majority of their members. Union membership is seen as an obligation, a term of employment, and not a conscious act of joining and belonging to an organization. In spite of years of effort to shift … Continue reading Are You Sure You’re Ready? #3: The Best Defense is to Win on Offense

Are you sure you’re ready? #2: The Imperative of a Great Defense . . .

For the foreseeable future, NSO members will find our Staff Unions under assault as NEA and State Affiliates attempt to cut back and restructure in the face of the Janus threat to fair share, as well as legislative attacks on collective bargaining, payroll deduction, and a host of other union rights and new mandates intended to eliminate … Continue reading Are you sure you’re ready? #2: The Imperative of a Great Defense . . .

Emerging Issues Panel

NSO hosted an Emerging Issues panel on Thursday afternoon to discuss the challenges facing our staff unions. Preparing for contentious bargaining, Janus, the loss of payroll deduction, right to work and other issues were addressed during the panel organized by Kelly Compeau of Pennsylvania. “Surviving is what we do best” Rich Grady said while laying out the issues facing … Continue reading Emerging Issues Panel

A great start for the 2018 NSO WAR College!

NSO’s 2018 Winter Advocacy “United to Meet Our Challenges and Opportunities” kicked off to a great start on Thursday morning.  Over 350 NSO members showed up ready to attend sessions so they can gain knowledge and skills to take back home to their staff union.  15 new sessions were added to the session series this … Continue reading A great start for the 2018 NSO WAR College!

Are you sure you’re ready? #1: Why Janus and Other Anti-Union Challenges Matter

Most everyone knows by now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging the constitutionality of “fair share” or “agency fee”.  With the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, virtually all SCOTUS observers anticipate a ruling declaring these fees unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment rights of public sector employees.   … Continue reading Are you sure you’re ready? #1: Why Janus and Other Anti-Union Challenges Matter

Register now for NSO’s 2018 Winter Advocacy Retreat

The Retreat is being held January 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL.  You will be able to gain knowledge and enhance your skills necessary to endure the many attacks that are launched against your members. Participants have to register online by November 10, 2017. Use the session descriptions and the program grid to make your session selections. You can also make your hotel reservations online through December 6, 2017. Be … Continue reading Register now for NSO’s 2018 Winter Advocacy Retreat