Certified Election Results

Dear Members,

We would like to announce the results of today’s final election count:
Overall Participation was 51.94% (186 out of 387).

143 Members voted for candidate Kye Carbone.
43 Members voted for candidate Jenny Lee.

Yours in Solidarity,

The 2014 Election Committee

Luis Alonso
Linda Lauro-Lazin
Mark O’Grady

The final and official Certification of Results and Audit Report on Activity and Integrity provided by to us by our election agent, Votenet Solutions, is provided here:

UFCT1460 Certified Results

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS for the 2014 Re-Run Election for Union President of Local 1460 UFCT

Dear Members,

The election is on as of 12pm, Dec. 3, 2014.

Below is a copy of the voting instructions contained on the official ballot which you received directly from VoteNet on Dec. 3, 2014.

Please read your individual email and it’s voting instructions, with particular attention to the Username and Activation Code procedures, so that your individual vote may be properly executed and counted.

If you have NOT received a direct email from VoteNet containing your own personalized access codes and instructions for a valid voting experience please contact the Election Committee at election2014local1460@gmail.com.

Please remember to exercise your right to vote!



The system will ask you to enter your Username and Activation Code, (which will be sent to you); they will then ask you to create and confirm an 8-digit Password.  Lastly it will ask you to login using your Username and Password.  This three-step process keeps your vote secret and safe.  No one has access to your password.

Note: the online ballot can be accessed from any smartphone or device that has full browser capabilities.

All of your choices are held in a secure database and are completely secret.  No one has access to the choices you made.  Both systems will give you a confirmation number.  This number is proof to you that your vote has been successfully transmitted to Votenet’s secure database.

Online Ballot: https://eballotuv.votenet.com/ufct1460/

Username: ……………………
Activation Code: ……………..


For the Fall 2014 Re-Run Election for Union President of Local 1460 UFCT


Union Letter to Kye and Jenny

The Elections Committee

Questions about voting?
Please send an email to the election committee at: election2014local1460@gmail.com

2014 Re-run Election for Union President of Local UFCT 1460

Dear Union Members,

The Union Elections Committee  of Pratt Institute announces the 2014 Re-run Election for President of the Union Local UFCT 1460.

This election will start on:

December 3rd at 12 p.m. Eastern and conclude on:

December 12th at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Candidates: Jenny Lee and Kye Carbone.

This election is being rerun due to a technical violation of the LMRDA that the union was made aware of after the December 2013 election.

The candidates have been asked to provide statements which will are posted on the Union website.

Method of polling will be by electronic balloting administered by Votenet.

You will receive an email and paper mailing from VoteNet instructing you how to cast your vote securely and privately.

If you are not able to vote for any reason, please contact the election committee below.

Please note that we the Elections Committee, will be sending out additional reminders and notification by email up to the time of the election but please be aware of this upcoming important election.

SPECIFIC VOTING INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED BY VOTENET. We will post them on the website before December 3rd and as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your attention,

The Elections Committee

Questions about voting?
Please send an email to the election committee at: election2014local1460@gmail.com

2014 Re-Run Election for President – Candidate Statements

Hello Members,

We are happy to announce the beginning of the Fall 2014 Re-Run Election for Union President of Local 1460 UFCT.

This election will be starting December 3rd and concluding on December 12th, 2014.  Specific times and instructions will be following shortly.

The candidates are Kye Carbone and Jenny Lee. Their election statements are provided below:

Candidate’s Statements:

Kye Carbone:

Kye Carbone for UFCT Local 1460 President:  A Decade of Positive Faculty Accomplishment

I am honored to again be nominated for President of UFCT Local 1460.

Since 2003, I have faithfully served the office of Union President.  I believe I have demonstrated the necessary strength, forthrightness, integrity, honesty, drive, focus, and transparency of means warranting leading our Union going forward.

Accordingly, I respectfully ask for your enthusiastic and affirmative vote.

Moreover, a vote for me is a vote of confidence for the Local’s elected officers: Emily Beall (VP), Holly Wilson (Secretary), and Dennis Masback (Treasurer). As a team, we are dedicated to strengthening faculty’s roles in academic life at Pratt Institute.  As a Union, it is our individual acts that coalesce to form collective gains.

Three pillars constitute effective union governance:  I. Contract enforcement, II. Grievance adjustment and III. Collective bargaining. I have a deep and demonstrable understanding of each.  I led the negotiating team for our last three Contracts, which encompass twelve-years of verifiable gains in salary, benefits, rights and protections:

  • annual percentage increases of 3+% a year;
  • FT salary and PT rate increases, granting 10-15% at promotion;
  • expanded health benefits for PT Faculty;
  • expanded medical leave for PT Faculty, full medical leave for FT and CCE;
  • increased sabbatical leaves for tenured Faculty;
  • equity “adjustments” for FT Faculty;
  • strengthened Academic Freedom to protect faculty’s right to input on curriculum

I continue to pledge my dedication and commitment to the challenges that invariably lie ahead and promise never to lose sight of the confidence and trust you have bestowed upon me.

In Solidarity,


Jenny Lee:       Statement not provided by candidate.


The Elections Committee


UFCT Local 1460 Fall ’14 General Membership Meetings

Dear UFCT Local 1460 Members,

The current 2011-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will expire on August 31, 2015.

The UFCT Local 1460 has been in ‘contract’ with the Pratt Administration since 1972 when the Union was first granted recognition as “the exclusive bargaining representative for all full-time and regular part-time members of the faculty presently or hereafter employed by the Institute in the bargaining unit certified as appropriate for election by the National Labor Relations Board”.

It is in this tradition that we will be calling for negotiations to begin in spring 2015, thus entering a new negotiation-cycle w/the Pratt Administration for our next CBA.

The Union wishes to gather input from all bargaining unit members regarding said negotiations: What are the most pressing issues at hand?, What issues should comprise our ‘slate of demands’?

Our delegates have started this process in individual department/area(s) and collectively as an ‘Assembly’ which is open to all dues-paying members.

As UFCT President, I will therefore be holding three open-form ‘General Membership Meetings’ this Fall ’14 semester:

(1) Tuesday, 10/28 – ENGR #109, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

(2) Monday, 11/17 – ENGR #111, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

(3) Thursday, 12/11 – ENGR #109, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Please bring your questions and concerns about the negotiation process: What is a negotiation?, What happens in a negotiation?, When is an issue or demand withdrawn?, How does the Union counter an administrative demand?

Directly following each GMM, will be a ‘Happy-Hour (two or three!) at the newly re-opened Brooklyn Public House (DeKalb & Vanderbilt).

Looking forward!

In Solidarity,


‘Clarification': Academic Calendar & “Studio” Days

Dear UFCT Members,

In my 8/24 email re. the new academic-calendar, studio-days, and ‘poaching’, I stated the following: “The Administration did not have a hand in “poaching”. Yet, I wholeheartedly agree, the Pratt “roll-out” for “studio days” is clumsy at best…”

It turns out, my statement is not completely accurate. Some administrators have indeed had a hand in poaching, as pointed-out and explained by our faculty colleague: Chris Jensen (Associate Professor, Math & Science, conferred tenure 2014, congrats!)

Note the following “summary of the poaching problem” which comes from Chris, a UFCT member and faculty representative on the campus-wide Calendar Committee. This summary represents Chris’ perspective alone and is not necessarily shared by other (faculty and non-faculty) members of the Calendar Committee…

“Based on what I learned as a member of the Calendar Committee, parts of Pratt’s Administration have definitely had a hand in the problem of class time ‘poaching’. Individual instructors also poach time, but this happens more rarely and much less systematically. The biggest poaching problems involve an administrator — most prominently department chairs in Interior Design, Communications Design, Industrial Design, and Architecture — who “schedules” one to five days of mandatory views/crits/survey; during this time students are expected to prioritize these studio activities over regularly-scheduled non-studio courses. This has been going on for a long time, and as far as I can tell represents a form of insubordination: the Provost and Registrar say this cannot happen, but certain Department Chairs just go ahead and poach time anyway.

The new calendar was designed to end this practice by giving those programs that hold comprehensive “crit weeks” the space they need to operate. Rather than having these departments steal time, the Calendar Committee figured that we should just give these programs what they claim to need. We all realized that these year-end crits are valuable; they just could no longer poach time from other courses.

The Calendar Committee considered the CBA in making its recommendation for Studio Days to the Provost. Whether or not these administrator-imposed crit weeks represent a violation of the CBA comes down to contact hours. If instructors show up for their normal weekly contact hours during the crit week — but just do so on a modified schedule — then presumably this is not a violation insofar as there is not expectation of any contact with students during the following “finals week”. Studio Days need not violate the CBA if properly scheduled and implemented by department and program chairs. That said, UFCT members should be vigilant, looking out for Studio Days requests on their time that exceed their contractually-mandated total of contact hours per course.”

Many thanks to Chris for this clarification.

In Solidarity,