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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.

 

Election Results

555 Pratt faculty members were eligible to vote in this election.

256 (46%) voted, with 169 for Kye Carbone and 87 for Jenny Lee, giving Kye 66% of the vote, and Jenny 34%.

Of the 299 other eligible voters, two viewed the ballot and did not vote, and one submitted an empty ballot. The full election report given to us by VoteNet can be found here.

The electronic election was and will remain 100% Secret and Anonymous, no person at Pratt or VoteNet was or will be able to who anyone voted for.

We realize that the timing of this election was not ideal. On the other hand, VoteNet informed us that the voter turnout (46%) in our election was in the high range for union elections, of which they have conducted many.

Thank you for your participation in this process,

The Elections Committee

Union Election Update

Election preparations have been finalized. It will be administered electronically by VoteNet, and take place from December 23rd through January 6th. You will receive an email and paper mailing from VoteNet instructing you how to cast your vote securely and privately.

The email will come from the address “election_alerts@votenet.com” and have the subject “UFCT Local 1460 Officer Election”. You may want to whitelist this email address to ensure it does not go to your spam folder.

If you are not able to vote for any reason, please contact the Elections Committee.

Report: Election Town Hall Forum

On Tuesday December 10th, 2013, the UFCT 1460 Elections Committee held a candidates forum in Myrtle Hall at 5:00 pm. This was to give each candidate an opportunity to respond to questions from forum attendees. Attendees were invited to write questions on index cards, include the questioners name and who the question was addressed to. Cards were collected and separated into stacks based on who the question was directed to. Candidates Kye Carbone and Jenny Lee were given two minutes to respond to questions asked of them then the other candidate was given one minute to respond. For questions directed to both, each had two minutes to respond. The event was orderly and informative. There was enough time for all written questions to be addressed. The event wrapped up around 6:30pm.