AAUP Executive Council Minutes
February 18, 2008
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Present: Linda Bucher (president), Pat
Barber, Leon Campbell, Sheldon Pollack, Danilo Yanich, David Smith,
Gerry Turkel, Kevin Kerrane (secretary)
The meeting opened in Executive Session with reports from the
Grievance Officer (D. Smith) and Contract Maintenance Officer (L.
After approval of minutes from the meetings of December 18
and January 28, the regular meeting began with an announcement by L.
Bucher that Rita Girardi was interested and willing to learn Quick
Books with the possibility of discontinuing the bookkeeping services
once she is proficient.
S. Pollack reported that our
investments lost money in January.
G. Turkel said that the next issue of the newsletter would
include an overviewof this year’s bargaining, with an explanation
of key proposals. Linda said that the issue should also identify the
members of the Steering Committee.
Update from the Bargaining Team
Item # 12, which deals with release time for faculty under
FMLA: G. Turkel stressed that the bargaining team wants to clarify that
this “option” belongs to the faculty member, not to
administrators. D. Yanich suggested that the CBA article (9.4) should
say that release time would be granted unless a faculty member formally
Item # 15, relating to CNTT faculty: L. Bucher suggested that
if this proposal results in a Letter of Agreement, that this document
should be posted on-line with the contract as these intent of these
letters are often ‘lost’ after time.
Item # 4, relating to notifications to the AAUP: S. Pollack
emphasized that we are asking only to be informed, not to become part
of the approval loop for appointment of reappointment of a chair.
Item # 1, which proposes an agency fee: D. Smith suggested
that, if this proposal becomes part of the CBA, we could start with a
low assessment for non-members—and S. Pollack noted that such an
assessment would have to eliminate any payment to the National AAUP. L.
Campbell noted that the amounts of agency fees are often decided by an
Recruitment strategies during bargaining: G. Turkel said that
all faculty should be notified that only AAUP members will be eligible
to vote on the new CBA. D. Yanich observed that this policy is not new,
because in previous contract ratifications the votes of non-members
have been only advisory.
G. Turkel said that Maxine Colm had suggested that the coming
contract may be for only two years. He suggested that the Executive
Council meet with the Steering Committee after the third bargaining
L. Bucher said that she would set the Steering Committee
meeting for the afternoon of Monday, March 3 and extend the invitation
to the Department Representatives—and that the next Executive
Council meeting was scheduled for the morning of Monday, March 17.