Minutes from Union Executive Committee Meeting

Present – Prince Charles Alexander, Michael Abraham, Dennis Cecere, Peggy Codding, Peter Cokkinias, Beth Denisch, Marti Epstein, Rich Grudzinski, Jonathan HollandJeff Perry, Wendy Rolfe, David Scott, Jeri Sykes, and Will Silvio.

  1. Rich made a motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting. Peggy seconded and the vote was unanimous to accept the minutes.
  2. Jackson had a meeting Tuesday with Larry, Mike Magee, Cindy Link, and Jim Ricciuti regarding an initiative to increase faculty participation in donating to the college. It does not have to be a high dollar amount; it can be $1, when potential donors see a high percentage of faculty contributing to the college it makes it more desirable for them to contribute. Larry wanted to put out a joint letter from both management and the union supporting this new initiative, but the union will not get involved, this is like politics, we have never solicited faculty to vote a certain way, our faculty can think for themselves. Jackson suggested getting the faculty that are currently contributing to the college to connect with faculty not the union. The next union/management meeting will be focused on the MOU study groups and at the end Larry will make a presentation on this new initiative. Perhaps we can get the admin to match faculty gifts or the opposite – don’t give a penny. Morale is an issue at the college already; this can make things a lot worse! We need to communicate that soliciting money from us while not paying part-timers for a Union MOU meeting sends mixed signals. If they want us to give, we need to see where the money is going – ear marks for faculty improvements. Can they tell us what percentage of the capital campaign is going towards faculty issues?
  3. Management will not pay the PT faculty for our MOU study group meeting during BTOT, since this was not a sanctioned meeting of the MOU study groups, so the union will pay. Jeff will cut checks for all part-timers that attended that meeting.
  4. Roger would like to attend the union/management meeting in March to discuss the 2025 Vision; it would be a great opportunity to present the Union’s Vision for 2025. Let’s get feedback from our colleagues before the meeting. Perhaps a letter to all faculty – David Scott volunteered to cull the information that comes in, (Zoomerang or Google Docs). Maybe use the department reps to make an announcement about the survey in each department meeting. Use Beth and Wendy’s as a model – send out by Feb. 13 with one week to respond – we work with for a week – then we can present on March 5. E-mail Beth and Wendy with additional ideas.