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FINAL RESULTS of NOMINATIONS FOR THE OFFICES OF: PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY AND TREASURER UFCT LOCAL 1460, AFL-CIO, PRATT INSTITUTE

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:

ufct-1460-certified-election-results

Many thanks to those of you who participated.

Sincerely,

Luis Alonso
Linda Lauro-Lazin
Laura Elrick
Your 2016 UFCT Elections Committee

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE OFFICES OF: PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY AND TREASURER UFCT LOCAL 1460, AFL-CIO, PRATT INSTITUTE

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:

  1. 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]
  2. A nominee must have been a member in good standing for at least one year prior to his or her nomination.
  3. 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.
  4. You are not obligated to submit a nomination for all four positions.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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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.

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.

LETTER ACCEPTING CANDIDACY OF JENNY LEE AND KYE CARBONE FOR UNION PRESIDENT AND EXPLAINING ELECTION PROCEDURES TO CANDIDATES 

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

IN THE INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS, THE LETTER ACCEPTING CANDIDATE’S ELIGIBILITY AND OUTLINING THE ELECTION PROCEDURES, SENT TO THE CANDIDATES BY THE ELECTION COMMITTEE, ON NOV. 9TH, 2014, IS BEING PROVIDED BELOW FOR ALL MEMBERS TO SEE:

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,

Kye

Jenny Lee:       Statement not provided by candidate.

 

The Elections Committee

election2014local1460@gmail.com

Need for UFCT to Re-Run Fall 2013 Officer Election for the Position of President

As a result of a complaint filed with the American Federation of Teachers (UFCT’s “parent” union), the UFCT will re-run the Fall 2013 officer election for the position of President.

The AFT recommended this rerun because of “a defect in the election process concerning the notice of election,” in violation of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.  Here is the full text of the AFT response: Response to Pratt College Election Investigation Request

The AFT also recommended we develop a Constitution and Bylaws.  A Constitution and Bylaws was developed and ratified, by membership vote, in May 2014, and can be found here, on this website.

A subsequent complaint containing a different allegation was filed with the Department of Labor.  The Department of Labor found, in response to the allegation, that no violation of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act occurred.  Findings from US Dept of Labor 29 May 2014.  The Department of Labor subsequently issued a Statement of Reasons for their decision.  Statement of Reasons from the US Dept of Labor 22 July 2014.