The APSS bargaining team is pleased to announce that we have a Tentative Contract Agreement awaiting your approval.

Your opportunity to come hear the story and vote this contract in to begin October 1, 2017 will be:

Allendale Campus
7/12/17 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Kirkhoff Center

Pew Campus
7/12/17 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
201-03 Eberhard Center


The Union has two positions available on the bargaining team.

  1. Team member will full voting power
  2. Understudy to serve should one of the team members become unavailable

In either position you will be exposed to

  • writing and applying contractual language
  • negotiating on behalf of your union members
  • the bargaining process
  • working on a team with varying opinions

As a new member, you will not be expected to take a lead in any of the process. We will teach you what the process is and respect your opinion. You will be expected to:

  • think on behalf of all members and not just your own interests
  • hold a strict confidence
  • understand and follow bargaining table rules
  • follow through on assignments
  • be on time to meetings

The earliest we would begin is late fall 2016. Our contract expires Oct 1, 2017.

Interested members in good standing should contact bargaining chair Coreen Bedford at

Members – our August meeting was moved due to a bargaining schedule conflict. The change of date to August 7th was not posted to this website. With this error, some could view this as intentional and/or a closed door meeting which it was not. It was simply an error due to the change in officers (July 1st) and a lack of attention by me, your president. My sincere apologies.

Coreen Bedford