Minutes from Union Executive Committee Meeting

Present – Michael Abraham, Dennis Cecere, Peggy Codding, Peter Cokkinias, Beth Denisch, Rich Grudzinski, Danny Harrington, Jonathan Holland, Teodros Kiros, Jeff Perry, Wendy Rolfe, Jackson Schultz, David Scott, Will Silvio. 

  1. Danny made a motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting. Peter seconded and the vote was unanimous to accept the minutes.
  2. Jackson discussed student safety regarding bicycles and city travel. Management is actually on top of the issue. Peggy brought the topic up at our last Union Management meeting.
  3. Regarding the ULP, the NLRB has agreed to hear the charge and it is still under deliberation. Our lawyer is on the case and we are awaiting the response.
  4. Jonathan brought up high populations in Liberal Arts; some courses are up to 30 from 18. This is definitely an issue that we can address in the next semester, and certainly during the bargain. We should do an information request on populations for all courses. 
  5. Jackson updated us on two sexual harassment cases. Both faculty members are no longer at the college. We discussed the fraternization policy at the college.
  6. We will start to put together the negotiating team over the break and begin to get prepared during the spring semester. Management will want to get any money back that they lose if the ULP goes our way.
  7. We discussed department meetings and their importance. It is a great place for faculty development and discussing curricular development.
  8. Classroom facilities were discussed. 
  9. Berkleemusic teachers want Union representation. We will discuss representing all Berklee faculty; Berkleemusic, summer programs, Valencia: workload issues will come up; having a separate unit may be a good idea.
  10. Next week Roy Murphy and John Eldert will be here to discuss evacuation plans and security issues for all our facilities.