Dear UFCT Members:
It is hard to believe that this semester’s end is upon us!
Seems like yesterday that we started the semester w/a bang; sixty UFCT members in attendance for a highly successful ARPT Forum, and on the heels of a newly ratified Contract!
Naively I thought we would be able to savor such successes… but, to quote John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.”
In any event, I had initially planned on having at least two ‘General Membership’ Meetings this semester only to become side-tracked; so, I have at least scheduled one which will take place on: Thursday, December 13th, 5:00-7:00, Alumni Reading Room (3rd floor Library).
This will be an open-forum for any and all unions members (non-members cannot attend). I will speak openly about the CCE and Adjunct faculty step III grievance, as well as report on what was a six-months in the making ARPT mediation between the Pratt Administration and UFCT which will have been transpired the week prior.
Please make every attempt to attend this GMM as well as partake in the ‘happy hour(s)’ that will immediately follow (off campus)!
Lastly, for anyone who is interested, I have been invited to special 12/11 Senate meeting where I will be discussing the new clause to our Contract about curriculum development and review.
Hope to see you on 12/13!!
Here is an enlightening article from Bloomberg Business Week that demonstrates that “employment of administrators jumped 60 percent from 1993 to 2009, 10 times the growth rate of tenured faculty.” Here is the link.
Proposal for the next UFCT Forum
put forth by Emily Beall and Chris Jensen
Beyond the Contract: Fostering Union Dialogue and Action
In early September, UFCT members participated in a very successful ARPT forum. In addition to learning about our rights and responsibilities in the faculty ARPT process, members also began some important discussions on a range of matters, especially about what is happening “on the ground” from department to department. In order to continue these discussions, and to explore how union solidarity can be strengthened between contract negotiations, our next UFCT Forum will be dedicated to allowing members to propose new initiatives with the potential to:
1. Increase substantive dialogue and communication among union members
2. Help to build a more active union on campus.
You are invited to offer proposals that you envision will achieve these goals. If you have a proposal, please get in touch with moderators Chris and Emily (who also plan to offer a proposal) in advance of the forum: we will request that you send us a brief write-up of your proposal that we can distribute to members beforehand, and we will make sure each person or group with a proposal has time to speak. If you are unable to attend the forum, but would like to offer a proposal, we would be happy to circulate it for you. By the end of the Forum, we hope to reach a consensus on which proposal(s) to move forward with.
The Forum will be held on Thursday, November 8th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm in Engineering 307. After the forum, the UFCT will host a happy hour, place TBA.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Emily or Chris:
Chris Jensen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Beall: email@example.com
…at a Board of Trustees meeting to protest salary proposals that would actually add up to pay cuts! The Pratt Faculty Union supports our Ohio brethren in their fight for fair treatment. Here is a link to the story.
As mentioned at Friday’s event, the existing ARPT from multiple departments are available on this website. In the right-hand column, under Categories, please click on “ARPT Criteria and Documents.”
VP, UFCT 146o