Candidate Questionnaire #5 - Why I want this role

In addition to my leadership experience at the local level, I’ve been deeply involved with MSCF at the state level, including my positions as an executive committee at-large member and my current role as MSCF Vice President. These positions have given me a depth of understanding about the challenges we face that is unequaled in this current race. I have been in the room and at the table as we have prepared for and met challenges such as the Janus decision, the elections in 2018, and this new Reimagining Minnesota State initiative. I am more than prepared to hit the ground running as your President; I have been preparing for this role my whole life, and it will be my honor to serve in it.

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Candidate Questionnaire #3 - Contract Negotiations

I believe our contract belongs to all members, and all members should have a role in shaping, negotiating, and defending this document. When we have done the necessary work to understand what we need, built effective networks of communication about progress to involve and engage large numbers of members, and given our members opportunities to support ongoing negotiations, we can achieve our values in our contract.

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Candidate Questionnaire #2 - TPT/Adjunct Faculty

The rise of contingent labor in academia is a problem 50 years in the making. It is the result of a confluence of very complex factors, including the shift from funding via public support to student tuition, management models for higher education that focus on cost reduction and flexibility instead of quality, and the rise of a mentality that sees education as a product to be sold to consumers.

In short, it will take a strong labor union to address this situation.

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Matt for MSCF President Announcement

Friends,

Today I put my name forward for the office of MSCF President. For me, this is the culmination of a 15+ year journey defined by the belief that building a better world requires the twin forces of education and collective action. Throughout this journey, I have been a student of the labor movement, an organizer at the ground level, a practitioner of educating for justice, and a leader within our labor union.

I am running for MSCF President because I believe, without a doubt, that in this moment, together, we are poised to make history.

The challenges we face in higher education and the labor movement are numerous and severe: the erosion of public support, the decline of trust in institutions of higher education, the crisis of affordability and student debt, and a legal-legislative environment stacked against the very concept of collective social action.

To all that I say: Bring it on.

The work we do with our students has a direct impact on the vibrancy of our communities and our country. No election, court ruling, or lawsuit from an outside group will ever change that. The fight for preserving our role in society, and for what we need as educators to fulfill that role to the highest degree, is a fight we will never give up on.

We may not have asked for this challenge, but it is ours nonetheless and we shall prevail. No other organization in higher education, labor union or otherwise, has the infrastructure, the advantages, the capacity, and the potential that MSCF has to make change happen. We have all the elements we need to succeed. It has to be us; it will be us.

By the time we're done, we'll look back and realize that we weren't just there when the tide turned in higher education, but that we were the ones who turned it.

Let’s do this,
Matt

PS: I'm so proud and honored to have the support and encouragement of all the other current MSCF state officers in this campaign! 

 

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