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Issues relating to UFCT’s contract

UFCT MOU 2016-2021 Ratification Vote Results

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.

MOU Ratification Vote Results

Dear Members,

We would like to announce the final results of the UFCT1460 MOU Ratification Vote:
Overall Participation was 42.39% (167 out of 394).

164 Members voted to APPROVE the MOU.
3 Members voted to REJECT the MOU.
The Certification of Results and Audit Report on Activity and Integrity provided by Votenet Solutions will be posted on our website shortly.

In Solidarity,
The Pratt UFCT 1460 MOU/Contract Ratification Committee
(Luis Alonso, Mark O’Grady, Linda Lauro-Lazin and Darini Nicholas)

Contract Ratification Vote

The Pratt UFCT1460 MOU/Contract Ratification Committee Announces the Contract Ratification Vote for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UFCT Local 1460 and the Pratt Administration for the 2015-2016 Academic Year (Voting will begin at 1am on Thursday, Sept. 10th & end at 1am on Friday, Sept. 18th)

Dear UFCT Voting Members,

Our union contract negotiating team has reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pratt Administration for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If ratified, this MOU will become our new Collective Bargaining Agreement that extends our past contract and includes a 3.25% across the board raise in compensation and a 7% TIAA-CREFF administrative contribution for eligible faculty.

For your information, Kye’s email from Aug. 21st regarding the recent meetings that were held from Sept. 1 – Sept. 4th to review the MOU can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Kye’s Email from Aug. 21st

The Contract Ratification Committee have secured the services of Votenet Solutions (in Washington, D.C.) to oversee and facilitate our contract ratification vote. Votenet was provided a full name and email list of 394 eligible voting members (Agency fee payers are ineligible).

In the coming days, Votenet will notify all eligible voters with a ballot and voting procedures via email. Voting will begin at 1am on Thursday, Sept. 10th & end at 1am on Friday, Sept. 18th.

Review the MOU by clicking on the link below:

MOU between UFCT and Pratt for AY 2015-2016-1

Should you have questions please contact The Executive Committee. All other questions related to this ratification process can be directed via email to The Contract Ratification Committee at contractratificationcomm2015@gmail.com .

In Solidarity,

The Pratt UFCT 1460 MOU/Contract Ratification Committee

(Luis Alonso, Mark O’Grady, Linda Lauro-Lazin and Darini Nicholas)

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,

Kye

‘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,

Kye

Academic Calendar & “Studio” Days

Dear Pratt Faculty Colleague,

Many of you have written me privately inquiring about this year’s Academic Calendar and so-called “studio-days”.

To be clear:  No faculty member is obligated to teach more than fifteen (15) sessions per course / per semester, as we are contracted; thus, paid for 15 sessions per course, per semester. Therefore, at base, I take the new implementation of ‘studio-days’ to mean that a faculty member either works during the studio-days week (for their final 15th class), OR works during ‘exam’ week (for their final 15th class). If teaching ‘studio’, your final critiques will fall within the studio-days week, if teaching ‘lecture’ then exams fall within finals week.

Moreover, the fall 2014 semester is not any longer in duration than usual, it beginning on: Monday 8/25 (the first day of the semester), and ending: Friday 12/19 (the last day of the semester). This period encompasses some seventeen calendar weeks, which is par-for-the-‘course’ (pun intended) to accommodate some twenty-plus individual and independent undergraduate, graduate, studio, and lecture department/area(s).

As example, for myself, I teach Wednesdays (my first class: 8/27th), and other than a missed Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving), I am for the most part holding class on consecutive Wednesdays week-by-week; thus, my last or 15th class (I teach undergraduate studio, the last class no more than a final in class critique…) is held on Wednesday, 12/10th.

Which is to say, the 15th class for studio courses will fall within the week of 12/8th…, and for or liberal arts courses, during the week of 12/15th…

Further, determining when a semester begins, ends, and/or when there will be semester breaks and/or days-off in between, are all administrative prerogatives; not withstanding their having to accommodate national and religious holidays. And, although ‘service’ on committees, etc, is certainly a part of faculty work (outside of teaching), particularly for full-time and CCE adjuncts, being invited to, or attending a faculty colleague’s critique or student review, is not, and will never be, recognized as a form of required faculty “service”. In a word, no faculty member is now being required to attend anything they do not wish to.

To reiterate, there is no added week or 16th class-session now being required of any faculty member institute-wide, thus no violation of a[ny] faculty term and condition of employment. Moreover, no ‘new’ faculty member is now required to teach beyond 15 sessions per semester.

Were this calendar change however, as many thought or feared, a surreptitious means for expanding faculty teaching hours without due compensation, the matter would have had to have been negotiated w/the Union. It was not, as it is not the case that in said changes to Pratt’s academic-calendar, and now with the memorization of ‘studio-days’, faculty are now being required to teach an ‘additional’ week.

That said, the implementation of ‘studio-days’ is actually an outgrowth of the unfortunate reality of [faculty] “poaching”, wherein a faculty colleague schedules his/her final student presentations or reviews, on days-or-times outside or beyond his/her regular scheduled class time(s):

  • ‘Imaginary’ Example:  ‘Design Studio’ meets Wednesdays 2:00-5:00, but final reviews are (incredulously) scheduled for Thursday at 9:30-12:30 [?], which is when you, I, or another professor teaches the same student, or section of students, but for another course. This ‘design’ professor In this example, is effectively ‘poaching’ on your time, my time, or another professor’s class-time.

The Administration did not have a hand in “poaching”. Yet, I wholeheartedly agree, the Pratt “roll-out” for “studio days” is clumsy at best, which unfortunately is too often the case w/such Pratt administrative initiatives, wherein a needless sense of insecurity is created for no good reason.

Alas, rest assured, there is no threat to our teaching.

Wishing all members an amazing fall 2014 semester

In Solidarity,

Kye

 

Parity and Equity the focus of November 14th General Union Membership Meeting

We will hold a General [Union] Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 in the Alumni Reading Room [3rd floor, Brooklyn Library].

The single topic for discussion will be: ‘Equity’ & ‘Parity’, in particular, for Part-Time Faculty…

What is meant by equity? What is meant by parity? How do we get there if at all?

Please bring your ideas and questions to this open-discussion, as this is a ‘global’ issue affecting faculty across higher-ed and the nation. Over his ten years as UFCT President, Kye Carbone has been working on issues of equity and parity: he will provide historical context for the next push for parity/equity, and make the case as to why this issue warrants every single UFCT bargaining unit member’s full-attention, whether you are full-time or part-time, tenured or non-tenured.

No need to RSVP: all dues-paying members are welcome.

Following the meeting, the UFCT will be hosting a Happy Hour(s)!! at the Brooklyn Public House (DeKalb, a few doors in from Vanderbilt…).