Update: Hard Issues

•    Management wants layoffs and has presented language to make dismissing
easy. The union is crafting fair layoff language that accounts for both seniority
and qualifications and allows the right of return.

•    Management so far has refused to acknowledge any right of return.

•    EDMC  wants to  overrule  the  curriculum    committee when it sees fit, removing
shared governance from our institution.

•    EDMC continues to insist on e-books only and wants sole discretion over what
e-books are used, compromising faculty independence and expertise in choosing
best resources for class.

•    We want to cap classes at lower numbers than present. We know that smaller
classes enhance learning.

•    Ai  is fighting smaller classes regardless of how  it negatively affects students.

•    Management now wants to deny sabbaticals to part-time faculty.

Management came to the table with a total rewrite of the contract, all of it in
give-backs from us to them. Why? EDMC wants to centralize and standardize
decision making and the educational experience, from which books to use, what
method of instruction to use, what curriculum is taught and how much shared
governance the faculty has.

•    Over a week ago the union made a comprehensive economic proposal that
included a Wage increase which included rasing the minimum rate, a Buy-Out
option, Right of Recall from Layoff, and Severance.

•    To date, management has refused to make a counter proposal, insisting sabbati-
cals be reduced by more than 2/3.

•    We are not going to negotiate against ourselves! The union is willing to bargain,
but management insists on its way over all.


We met with administration Thursday and Friday March 30/31.  Not much has changed since the last membership meeting on Monday.  We will meet again on April 3rd and expect to have another extension.

To post suggestions and or comments on the website, email cherylnj@comcast.net. Questions for negotiation team are invited on this blog as well.

When classes start tomorrow the Negotiation Team encourages you to wear your buttons “Respect Faculty”  to demonstrate solidarity.  Since students will  inquire the meaning of the button we will be reaching out to them when classes start.  At the beginning of next week faculty and students will be passig out flyers, buttons and stickers on the sidewalk at 1622, 1610, 1530 and 2300 explaining how important faculty are to their education.  If you would like to help members pass out this information please contact Brian Dickerson, Chairperson of the Contract Action Committee at bolscar@aol.com or Phil Drucker at Thub1@verison.net or Craig Dovidio at craigdovidio@aol.com   We NEED YOUR help.