If you are receiving this email you are a dues-paying UFCT Local 1460 member.
Greetings, I hope this email communique finds all well as we immerse ourselves in the 2017-18 AY — the second year of the current 5-yr Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
As some of you know, I was away on sabbatical leave for SPR’17 — my second BTW, which leads me to remind all FT tenured and Adj CCE faculty to please avail yourself of this hard-fought-for-and-maintained faculty benefit. Granted, a Pratt sabbatical leave is just full-pay for one semester (thus 50% of your annual compensation) yet nonetheless, a great benefit which is shrinking-on-the-vine — becoming more-and-more extinct in today’s corporate-academia. Check the Institute calendar, this year’s October deadline for sabbatical application is coming up. Eligibility is being FT tenured or CCE, not for how long you have been tenured, unless you are applying for a 2nd or 3rd sabbatical wherein six-years since is required for that “seventh year of rest” :)
Please review the following updates, summaries, and anticipated opportunities & challenges that lay ahead for ’17-’18:
(I) Current Collective Bargaining Agreement on Website Here!
For all who have inquired find the current CBA ‘electronically’ above. If you wish a printed copy please stop by the union conference room: 123 North Hall.
A few highlights:
- A minimum of 3% for all FT & PT faculty for each of the five years (3.25% for years 4 & 5);
- CCE receive an additional 2% for yrs ’17-’18 & ’18-’19 (thus 5.06% each year);
- $300,000 Adjunct Equalization Fund ($150,000 dispensed this ’17-’18 AY & $150,000 dispensed next ’18-’19 AY);
- CCE Medical contribution reduced from 25% to 15% (an average annual savings of $2,500);
- TIAA-CREF Adm contributions per year(s): 1 (7%), 2 (5%), 3 (5%), 4 (5%), 5 (7%)
(II) Faculty Actions, Interfolio & ARPT Forum
The 2016-17 ARPT (Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure) faculty action cycle was yet again, another banner year! Note the following conferred — by B.o.T final determination — actions:
- FT Tenure: 4
- CCE: 16
- Reappointment: 18
- Promotions: 41 (FT & PT combined: 9 to Assistant Professor, 18 to AssociateProfessor, 14 to Full Professor )
- Status Change (from visiting to adjunct): 46
Article XVI of the CBA enumerates the procedures for ARPT. Each of Pratt’s twenty-plus department/area(s) has an autonomous ARPT or so-called: ‘Part’, ‘Cart’ or [Faculty] Peer Review Committee (PRC). When a faculty member applies for faculty ‘action’, i.e. reappointment, status change, promotion and/or tenure their application is first submitted to their department’s faculty/ARPT committee. Those faculty colleagues serving the committee make either a “recommendation” or a “non-recommendation” to the department’s Chair or the area’s ‘Head’; the faculty serving as they do in a strict advisory capacity only. Starting then at the Chair’s level [tier 2 of this 5-tiered process], three administrative tiers: Chair, Dean and Provost ultimately determine the fate of the faculty action request, the Board of Trustees ‘final approval’ [tier 5] sanctioning said determinations by the end of the spring semester of the academic year.
I am pleased to report that the level of concurrence and agreement between PRC recommendation & B.o.T final determination hovers in the 95% range. This fact is testament to the Faculty’s activism, due diligence & focus on this critical matter!
ARPT Process Transitioning to Online Platform over the Next Year
Over the next year, the ARPT process will be transitioning to the online platform “Interfolio.” Several departmental Peer Review Committees have begun to use Interfolio this Fall, and everyone else will need to make the switch next Fall.
This process is occurring in collaboration with the Provost’s office, and came about as a result of extensive discussion and study with faculty. You can read more about the process that brought us to this decision here. Great thanks to all faculty who participated in those discussions and process, and especially to PRC chairs working on the task this Fall! We’re confident that moving to the online platform Interfolio will both fit to our individual and unique departmental standards and procedures, as well as make the process of applying and reviewing easier.
PRC Chairs in particular, please keep an eye out for more information about preparing for next Fall over the upcoming year. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Emily (email@example.com)
The Union will yet again host an ARPT Forum this fall semester (off campus as usual). The format this year however, will be more panel-symposium than in years past. I believe in leading by example, and that we all learn more through personal testimony and experience. We are looking at a late-October or early-November Friday afternoon-evening booking. Stay tuned!
(III) UFCT Membership, Dues or ‘Agency Fee’
The dues authorization schedule for the UFCT, Local 1460, remains the lowest in the nation. For those faculty members making up to $60,000, union membership dues (or agency fees) will continued to be assessed at 1% of one’s pre-taxed (teaching) gross income for the fall and spring semester(s) only (no dues are paid on summer teaching, or on stipend-ed income). For faculty grossing more than $60,000, the percentage will remain at 0.85%.
It is crucial to keep in mind that the UFCT Local 1460 is obligated to pay its parent affiliates: New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) at the state level, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at the national level, a combined annual per capita rate of $609.36 for each union member making $34,000 or more, $399.18 for those with incomes between $25,500-$33,999, $304.68 for those making between $17,000-$25,499, and $152.34 for those colleagues making between $8,500 and $16,999. As you can easily surmise, the UFCT retains very little money at the local level with a dues structure in the range of 1% (the nation-wide average is upwards of 1.75%).
Due to the fact that the UFCT is the exclusive bargaining representative for all of Pratt’s teaching staff employees i.e. all full-time and ‘regular’ [fall/spring] part-time faculty [adjunct and visiting] including our professional librarians, should not each of us be obligated to pay our ‘fair share’ for this representation?
As such, we will facilitating an enrollment drive this fall semester. I will be contacting delegates shortly asking that they follow-up with those FT, CCE or Adj faculty who have not as yet chosen membership or agency-fee.
Lastly, as UFCT President I continue to choose to remove as many disincentives to joining the union as I am empowered to effectuate; namely in reducing our Local’s dues schedule. However, I need each of you – as dues paying union members – to spread the word of the merits and benefits of membership through your respective department/area[s]. Although cliché, it is most assuredly true, there is strength in numbers!
During Spring semester 2017, a committee of 18 faculty from across all five schools met to discuss the possibility of transitioning the ARPT (Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure) process from paper to a digital tool.
In our first meeting, we discussed the specific needs our departmental PRCs (Peer Review Committees) had, what features a digital tool would need to have, and what challenges we might anticipate. You can read minutes from that first meeting below.
In our subsequent meetings, we considered the online platform provided by “Interfolio” (https://www.interfolio.com/). Interfolio is an outside provider whose platform is specifically designed for Academic Institutions. We determined that Interfolio’s platform includes important features for us, including ease of use, committee control of security settings, an ability to solicit and keep confidential outside letters, and flexible templates that each PRC can customize to their standards. We determined, therefore, that Interfolio would work for us. You can read minutes from those meetings & information about Interfolio below.
In order to best accommodate each PRC’s needs, we determined that some committees who choose to can start using Interfolio this Fall 2017. All PRCs will need to start using it with Fall 2018. There will be ample training and help for PRCs and applicants.
Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Minutes from first meeting here
Minutes from second meetings here
Power point about Interfolio here
Quick-turnaround grants of up to $250 are available now on a rolling basis to Faculty-led, spontaneous responses to current events. Bring a speaker, host a workshop, create a pamphlet, plan a screening, etc. All faculty are eligible (full- and part-time, adjunct and visitor) and collaborations with students and/or staff are welcome. Email a brief proposal along with a basic budget to email@example.com. Coordinated by Darini Nicholas, Erum Nagvi, and Anna Moschovakis.
September 23, 2016
Dear UFCT Local 1460 Members,
The 2016 Call for Nominations has ended and the only candidates receiving the required four nominations were the current office holders. As such, those four members; Kye Carbone, Emily Beall, Holly Wilson and Dennis Masback will retain their current positions as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, for another term of 3 years, to end on December 31, 2019.
These results have been compiled and guaranteed by eBallot/Votenet whose Certification of Results and Audit Report on Activity and Integrity Report can be found here:
Many thanks to those of you who participated.
Your 2016 UFCT Elections Committee
Dear Faculty Union Member:
This letter is to inform you of the Procedure for Nominations to begin the process of holding elections for UFCT President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These four officers comprise the organization’s Executive Committee as specified in the Constitution or the Bylaws. For descriptions of the duties of these officers, and of the Executive Committee as a whole, please see the bottom of this document. Terms are for three years; the current term will expire on December 31, 2016.
On September 1st, you will be receiving an email from the outside organization Votenet or eBallot that will be conducting both the nominations procedure and the general elections for UFCT in 2016 in accordance with the AFT Constitution, the local Bylaws and the standards set out by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).The ballot they send you will enable you to write-in the name of a candidate for any of the positions listed above. Online nominations will begin September 1, and will end at 5pm on September 22, 2016.
Here are the rules for Nominations as stipulated by the bylaws:
- Any member in good standing may nominate someone for office, including one’s self. [Agency payers are ineligible to vote or to have their names nominated for office]
- A nominee must have been a member in good standing for at least one year prior to his or her nomination.
- A nominee must receive at least four (4) supporting nominations, including self-nominations, in order to be eligible to appear on the ballot during General Election.
- You are not obligated to submit a nomination for all four positions.
- After reviewing the nominations, the Elections Committee will validate the eligibility of nominees. Eligible nominees will then be contacted and may either accept or deny their nomination.
- Once the nominees have been established, ballots for the General Election will be prepared in accordance with our local’s bylaws and LMRDA. At that time, Final Nominees may be invited to submit a half-page statement with respect to their qualifications and beliefs regarding the office they are seeking.
- Soon thereafter, rules for General Election balloting and ballots will be mailed to union members after receiving all materials from the candidates.
Again, please be on the lookout for an email from Votenet/eBallot. This email will contain a link to the Write-In Nomination ballot. All nomination ballots must be received by Votenet by September 22, 2016 at 5pm.
Thank you for your participation!
Your 2016 UFCT Elections Committee:
Luis Alonso, Linda Lauro-Lazin, and Laura Elrick
Definition and Duties of our Officers, taken from our Bylaws:
Article V: Officers of the Union
5.1 The Union’s four (4) officers shall be: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. These four officers shall comprise of the organization’s Executive Committee.
5.2 All officers shall perform the customary duties and exercise the usual powers of such offices as specified in the Constitution or the Bylaws.
Article I: Duties of the Officers
1.1 President: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the the UFCT Local 1460 and shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and membership meetings. The President shall make decisions between meetings on the basis of organizational policy, making every effort to consult with Executive Committee, and shall have such powers as may be required for the exercise of those duties.
1.2 Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President and assume the duties of that office in the absence of the President, and shall become President if that office is vacated.
1.3 Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining accurate financial records, the payment of all bills, the annual audit of the union’s financial status which shall be disseminated to membership, for maintaining a budget, and for reporting the dues- paying status of membership.
1.4 Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of the minutes of the Executive Committee and of the membership meetings, and for their prompt dissemination to the membership, and shall maintain the non-financial records of the union.
Article II: Executive Committee
2.1 The Executive Committee shall meet monthly, or at the call of the President, or at the call of two (2) or more of its members, or at the call of the Delegates Assembly, for the purpose of initiating, overseeing or revising the program of the organization and to conduct other business of the organization that is within its authority. A quorum for the Executive Committee shall be a majority of its members.
2.2 The Executive Committee with the assistance of the Treasurer shall prepare, establish, and present to the Delegates Assembly and the membership an annual budget in the month prior to the beginning of the fiscal year.
2.3 The Executive Committee shall employ all professional, technical, clerical, and support staff of the organization.
2.4 The Executive Committee shall establish the salary, benefits, and expense guidelines of any general officer who is employed by the organization.
2.5 The Executive Committee shall be empowered to make contracts and incur liabilities including the purchase of services, equipment, and real property, to borrow money, to secure such obligations by mortgage or other instrument, and to otherwise engage in financial transactions to the extent permitted by applicable law or statute. The Executive Committee shall have the power to sue, complain, and defend on behalf of the membership.
2.6 The Executive Committee shall be responsible for adherence to and enforcement of the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization.
2.7 The Executive Committee shall issue regular reports, including an annual report, to the Delegates Assembly and the membership.
The results for the UFCT MOU 2016-2021 Ratification Vote Results for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UFCT Local 1460 and the Pratt Administration for the 2016-2021 Academic Years which was completed at 5pm on June 15, 2016 were as follows:
Out of 374 eligible members, 139 (37%) Voted.
Votes for YES, I vote to APPROVE the MOU: 137 (99%)
Votes for NO, I vote to REJECT the MOU: 2 (1%)
For more detailed results from Votenet, click here.