Minutes from Union Executive Committee Meeting

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

  1. Jackson opened the meeting. Welcome back. We had a meeting last week regarding the bargain coming up this summer.
  2. Update on the ULP, the increase in population minimums. The Labor Board has taken this fight on for us; the hearing will be in March. Information will be going out to faculty requesting information on how the changing of the minimums affected the faculty. We will make sure the department meeting language stays in the contract and fight for weekly meetings and their importance.
  3. We will submit an information request regarding sabbatical proposals for the last five years and the sabbaticals that were approved – we think they have been going down since they started building the new building. They are claiming poor; let’s open the books!
  4. We discussed the 7 lecture class load = a full load, even though it equals 17.5 units, the contract states 14 contact hours is a full load. Some faculty have been given an additional Directed Study, this is an overload! 
  5. Department Rep meeting is targeted for February 14. We want to share information as we head into bargaining this summer.
  6. Jackson met with a dean today regarding an unsatisfactory evaluation for a faculty member. We are hopeful that it will be changed based on medical issues, perhaps a short-term disability and a list of items that need to be addressed before returning. 
  7. We discussed the Union/Management meetings that we have monthly. Jackson encouraged everyone to take his or her own minutes. For next meeting: update on ADA compliance of the 150 building and perhaps meeting with Admissions/Scholarships regarding instrument needs at the college, the comprehensive enrollment strategy moving forward.
  8. We discussed the Admissions policies and who they are letting in, students that cannot read (seven piano players in a room with one piano is not a good environment to learn how to read music).