AAUP Executive Council Minutes
August 29, 2006
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 8:30 a.m.
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon Campbell, Gerald
Turkel, Danilo Yanich, Steve Dentel, Pat Barber, Sheldon Pollack, and
Kevin Kerrane (secretary). David Smith arrived at 9:30.
Minutes from the August 29 th Executive Council meetings were
approved with one correction: Steve Finner had been misidentified as
Office Update: L. Bucher noted that the chapter web site will
be updated with names of newly elected Steering Committee members.
Treasurer’s Report: S. Pollack announced that minor
discrepancies in the AAUP checking account had been cleared up during
the summer, and that the first installment ($5,000) of the
chapter’s pledge to the National had been sent out. He also
stated that an audit of the chapter’s books would be conducted in
the fall by Judith Scarborough.
The AAUP Voice:
According to G. Turkel, the October issue will include news
on retiree benefits, information about grievance procedures, and an
announcement about the “Scholars at Risk” luncheon with the
Provost (scheduled for October 25). He also observed that production of
the newsletter is being facilitated by a streamlined electronic process
that ensures quick turnarounds.
Chapter history project: G. Turkel reported that Steve Finner
has completed three chapters, and now wants a formal
contract—which might be negotiated within the next few weeks.
Committee on Health Care for Retired Faculty: L. Bucher
summarized the July 13 report of the committee—a
“proposal” that would maintain current benefits, subject to
the so-called “Modified Rule of 75.” Council discussed
various applications of that rule: for example, S. Dentel noted that,
under the new proposal, a 49-year-old employee with six years at UD
would lose out by taking early retirement. But L. Bucher pointed out
the proposal had been endorsed by all members of the Committee on
Health Care, and that the new plan compared very favorably with changes
being proposed at other universities.
S. Dentel suggested that the October issue of The AAUP Voice
include examples of such comparisons, with a statement expressing the
Executive Council’s endorsement of the proposal as reasonable. P.
Barber made a motion, seconded by S. Dentel, that the President send a
letter to Maxine Colm emphasizing that we find the proposal
“reasonable.” The motion carried unanimously.
L. Bucher reminded the Council of the Joint Fall Luncheon
Program with the Provost, scheduled for October 25, which will focus on
“Scholars at Risk.”
L. Bucher reported that 29 faculty attended the spring
Steering Committee Luncheon on 5/17/06.
L. Bucher announced that the faculty would be invited to
suggest topics for the Joint Spring Luncheon Program, and also
mentioned that she would be attending the New Faculty Orientation on
David Colton notified the President that he has decided not
to serve as the Chief Negotiator for the next CBA. Council will need to
decide on a replacement.
Several members of the Council expressed the hope that the
AAUP will have some involvement in the selection process of the next
President of the University.
National AAUP: L. Bucher noted the training of new
collective-bargaining leaders being conducted by the National Office in
Washington on October 13, 14, 2006.
Council then went into Executive Session for reports from the
Grievance Officer, D. Smith, and the Contract Maintenance Office, L.