March 21, 2018
HR 136
4-5 PM

 

Neaman began the meeting by welcoming everyone to the second General Membership Meeting. He began by going over the election rules (see March 20). 

  1. FDF

Neaman explained again the situation with Faculty Development Funds (see minutes of March 20, above). He said that today he can give more exact figures. The current amount in the funds is nearly $1.6 million ($1.583 m.). The formula used to set the total annual fund amount calculates each USFFA members at $3,152 per member, plus inflation (CPI).

 

  1. Library Update

Joe Garity repeated the update he gave at the March 20th meeting (see above)

 

  1. Term Workload

 

Neaman talked about the issues related to the Side Letter in the 2016 CBA (see above). He said that the onus has now fallen on departments to make the case to their deans for converting some teaching into service.

 

Kidd said that faculty are putting pressure on the deans, but without success. She added that the provost seems to be taking away power from the deans to exercise the option stipulated in the Side Letter. She was concerned that the increase in service takes away from research time and puts more pressure on the other department members, who have to pick up the service load. Brahinsky added that the provisions in the Side Letter amount to a pay cut, given that faculty are asked to carry out 32 units of work for the negotiated 30 units of pay.

 

Munich noted that the workload for the first two years of new term hires is higher than the workload stipulated in the CBA. Why was the membership not told this? Neaman responded that it was made quite clear at the time that the workload for new terms is higher than what is stipulated in the CBA and that is why it was put into a Side Letter. The very first line of the Side Letter states that it “contradicts” the CBA.

 

Neaman was asked what new term hires can do about getting the teaching load reduced. He said that the departments have to work together to make a case to the deans. Kidd said that the union should push back collectively against the higher workload. Neaman agreed, saying the two things can happen in tandem.

 

 

Nominations (in order nominated):

 

Candidates for President

 

Sonja Martin Poole (accept)

Elliot Neaman

Brian Weiner

Paul Lorton Jr. (accept)

Matt Monnot (accept)

 

Candidates for Vice President:

Keally McBride (accept)

Michael Webber

 

Candidates for three (3) at-large positions

Gabe Maxson (accept)

Ed Munnich (accept)

Paul Intrevado

Steve Roddy

Calla Schmidt

Justine Withers

Joohyung Ha

 

After Thursday Match 22, 5 PM deadline – Final and Official List of Nominations (alphabetical)

 

 

Candidates for President:

Paul Lorton Jr.

Matt Monnot

Sonja Martin Poole

 

Candidates for Vice President:

Keally McBride

Michael Webber

 

Candidates for three (3) at-large positions

Joohyung Ha

Paul Intrevado

Gabe Maxson

Ed Munnich

Calla Schmidt

Justine Withers