Minutes from Union Executive Committee Meeting

Present – Michael Abraham, Prince Charles Alexander,Dennis Cecere, Peter Cokkinias, Marti Epstein, Danny Harrington, Helen Lewis, Margaret McAllister, Jeff Perry, Denise Pons, Stephanie Reich, Wendy Rolfe, Tom Stein, Jackson Schultz, David Scott, Elizabeth Seitz, Andrew Shryock, Will Silvio, and Jeri Sykes. Guest: Stephanie Kellar

  1. Danny made a motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting. Marti seconded and the vote was unanimous to accept the minutes.

  2. David Scott – sick-leave policy. David, Wendy, Sarah Kervin, Scott Tarulli, and John Funkhouser met and discussed the policy. David made a presentation on what the committee learned. There is not always a mutual agreement between chair and faculty. Poor communication is at the crux, between HR and Chairs, Chairs and faculty, etc. Faculty can call in sick, not make-up the class, and not pay a sub with NO retaliation. The Union should meet with HR and make sure we are on the same page before we roll out any language to the faculty. We discussed the policy at length and one possibility is a faculty handbook to educate faculty on all policies.

    We propose to meet with HR next week to flush things out and then follow up with management in May.

  3. Chair/Dean evaluations were discussed. Is there time to get the questions updated before May? Perhaps we put together a working group next fall to modify the questions and update the evaluations. We discussed doing as is this spring with the current questions. David will send out to several people to adjust questions and include BoCo as well. We will try and revise ASAP and get out in the next week.

  4. Marti discussed BoCo coordinators, liaison, and head of dept. within the BoCo faculty. These are service/admin positions – not paid – it is service to the college. It has been made clear that BoCo is not familiar with the service to the college concept and how much time is given within the contract and a fair approach. Many faculty are doing way too many hours and some are working on Patriots Day!!