Proposed Constitution/Bylaws Review Meetings: April 22nd-30th

This semester our union has been working on an initiative to generate a Constitution and Bylaws.  Dennis Masback and I have been spearheading this project, and a previous email (copied below) detailed the process we’ve followed to generate the best-suited Constitution and Bylaws for our union.

At root, a Constitution sets forth the principles our union works under, and Bylaws specify what we do and how we do it.  This document is about how we operate as a Union (and is not about how we relate to the administration).  You can access a PDF of the proposed Constitution and Bylaws here:

Proposed Constitution and Bylaws United Federation of College Teachers Local 1460

We’ve scheduled a series of four meetings for people to come discuss, ask questions about, and better understand the proposed Constitution and Bylaws.  Any union member may attend, and we hope that one of these times suits your calendar if you wish to participate in these discussions.

The meetings will be on April 22nd, April 28th, April 29th, and April 30th, in North Hall room 108, from 12:45-1:45pm.  Feel free to bring your lunch.  We’re sorry that we’re unable to have any meetings on Pratt Manhattan Campus.  If you are unable to attend these meetings but have questions, please get in touch with both me and Dennis.

Subsequent to these meetings, all members will be asked to vote on whether to ratify and adopt the proposed Constitution and Bylaws.  More information about that process will be forthcoming.

Hope to see you soon!
In solidarity,
Emily Beall and Dennis Masback

Co-coordinators, UFCT Delegates Assembly

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Subject:  Constitution and Bylaws Initiative

Dear Union Member,

This semester, Dennis Masback and I have been spearheading an initiative to generate a Constitution and Bylaws for our Union.

We began this process at the beginning of the semester by looking at draft constitution & bylaws documents generated by a committee that convened in 2004.  We also received guidelines from the AFT on how to generate a constitution & bylaws, and researched other local’s constitution & bylaws from unions in our area.

From there, we generated a draft and solicited members of the Delegates Assembly for feedback, suggestions, and changes.   In March, we had a series of two meetings with Delegates, over the course of which fifteen delegates participated by attending these meetings or sending comments.  Dennis and I revised our draft, twice, to incorporate changes that emerged from these discussions.

Currently, the draft has been sent to our parent unions, NYSUT and AFT, for their review.

Once we receive a response from our parent unions, we will hold a series of meetings for all members to review and ask questions about the proposed Bylaws and Constitution.  We hope to have about four meetings, at varying days and times, over the course of two weeks in mid-to-late April.   We will circulate a copy of the document to all members about a week before our first meeting so that members have time to read it prior to attending meetings.

We are really excited about this new initiative that we believe will benefit our union by clarifying and codifying what we do and how we do it.   We look forward to those upcoming meetings and will let you know as soon as we’re able to schedule them!

In solidarity,

Emily Beall and Dennis Masback

Co-coordinators, UFCT Delegates Assembly

Election Results

555 Pratt faculty members were eligible to vote in this election.

256 (46%) voted, with 169 for Kye Carbone and 87 for Jenny Lee, giving Kye 66% of the vote, and Jenny 34%.

Of the 299 other eligible voters, two viewed the ballot and did not vote, and one submitted an empty ballot. The full election report given to us by VoteNet can be found here.

The electronic election was and will remain 100% Secret and Anonymous, no person at Pratt or VoteNet was or will be able to who anyone voted for.

We realize that the timing of this election was not ideal. On the other hand, VoteNet informed us that the voter turnout (46%) in our election was in the high range for union elections, of which they have conducted many.

Thank you for your participation in this process,

The Elections Committee

Union Election Update

Election preparations have been finalized. It will be administered electronically by VoteNet, and take place from December 23rd through January 6th. You will receive an email and paper mailing from VoteNet instructing you how to cast your vote securely and privately.

The email will come from the address “election_alerts@votenet.com” and have the subject “UFCT Local 1460 Officer Election”. You may want to whitelist this email address to ensure it does not go to your spam folder.

If you are not able to vote for any reason, please contact the Elections Committee.

Report: Election Town Hall Forum

On Tuesday December 10th, 2013, the UFCT 1460 Elections Committee held a candidates forum in Myrtle Hall at 5:00 pm. This was to give each candidate an opportunity to respond to questions from forum attendees. Attendees were invited to write questions on index cards, include the questioners name and who the question was addressed to. Cards were collected and separated into stacks based on who the question was directed to. Candidates Kye Carbone and Jenny Lee were given two minutes to respond to questions asked of them then the other candidate was given one minute to respond. For questions directed to both, each had two minutes to respond. The event was orderly and informative. There was enough time for all written questions to be addressed. The event wrapped up around 6:30pm.

Election Town Hall Forum Tuesday 12/10 at 5pm

The Election Committee is happy to announce that we will hold an Election Town Hall Forum Tuesday 12/10/13 at 5pm in Myrtle Hall on the 2nd floor in room MH #2E-03. This forum will be an opportunity for members of the bargaining unit to pose questions to our two candidates for president.

Cards will be made available to all attendees. Attendees will be asked to write who their question is for, their own name, and the question they’d like to ask. These questions will be collected and read by members of the election committee.

The forum moderator will allow for five minute opening statements from each candidate. We will then address member questions to each candidate in alternation. The candidate will have two minutes to answer the question, and the other candidate will be given one minute to present a rebuttal.

We hope to see you there!

Making sure you receive a ballot for the 2013 elections

The Elections Committee intends to hold the election for UFCT President from December 16th through the 30th. We would like to hold the election via eBallot, but are still working out the logistics of the actual voting process.

What we can say is that all members will be notified via postal mail about whatever elections process we constitute. We will be using your postal address on file with NYSUT to deliver this information. If you have any question about whether your address on file with NYSUT is accurate and up-to-date, we encourage you to contact the Elections Committee to notify us of your current address.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the election.