Minutes from January 14, 2005 Executive Council Meeting
2-4:30 pm; 347 McDowell Hall; Revised January 20, 2005
Present: Linda Bucher, Leon Campbell, David Colton, Steve Dentel, Kevin Kerrane, David Smith, Gerry Turkel and Judy Van Name
President Linda Bucher called the meeting to order. Minutes of the Dec 13, 2004 and Jan 5, 2005 Executive Council meetings were approved. The collective bargaining proposal was discussed and each revised section was approved (see 1-14-05 proposal).
Article VIII Grievance Procedure
Article VIII "Just Cause" provision
Article IX Personnel Benefits - Healthcare
Delaware State law defines marriage as heterosexual couples. The Board of Trustees blames state law for not being able to offer health care benefits to domestic partners. Administration is in favor of offering health care to domestic partners.
A couple of problems with the current proposal include: One can only apply it to upgrade benefits and therefore may not be able to spend it all. The problem from the bargaining point of view is that you should not ask for money that you could not use. Also, it does not address domestic partner coverage.
Rather than the current health care proposal, it was agreed that the following Letter of Understanding be added to the end of the contract:
The Administration and the AAUP agree that it is highly desirable that the recommendations of the June 27, 1995 final report from the Committee on Benefit Options for Domestic Partners be implemented during the term of this agreement and will appoint a joint committee dedicated to the task of trying to achieve this goal.
Domestic partners are defined in the report as same-sex partners. It was agreed that should the joint committee be convened, the definition of domestic partners would be revisited (ex. to include heterosexual couples) as would other elements of the original report given that 10 years have elapsed since its origin. The intent of the original report was that U of D would provide a lump sum to provide insurance for this group. The Committee could obtain information from other universities such as M.I.T., Princeton and Delaware companies (i.e. duPont, MBNA) as well as New Castle County regarding their domestic partner benefits. It was noted that this is difficult to get done through the union. No one is willing to file a grievance or go to court. Montana Supreme Court says gay couples are due benefits.
Article IX Wellness Dollars
Article IX Parking
There are 4,645 gold parking spaces on campus. There are 1,189 commuting students with gold permits, including 821 grad students. David Bellamy serves on the Parking Advisory Committee as the AAUP representative. He has indicated to Linda that this committee and his role on this committee are not very effective in terms of influencing parking changes.
Article XII Salary
There are COLA and structural adjustments. COLA is calculated yearly. Comparable institutional date will be computed in February.
Article XII Merit
There was discussion about the process of awarding merit. Department policies vary. The greater the percent of merit, the more we will hear from the faculty. Stronger departments have a greater merit pool than weaker departments. Chairs developed the merit policies and faculty ratified them.
Article XX Term of Contract
Develop a letter of understanding that a committee is convened to formulate University guidelines for buyout policies.
Respectfully submitted by Judith Van Name