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…).
Union Delegates will meet on Wednesday, October 2nd from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in South Hall Room 105. Food will be served for vegetarians and omnivores alike.
This meeting is for Union Delegates only and is not a general membership meeting. Feeling excluded? Find out how to be a Delegate here.
Wondering what the Delegates Assembly is? You can find out more here.
For many years now, Pratt’s Faculty Union has been holding ARPT Forums to help members better understand our rights in regards to appointment, reappointments, promotion, and tenure. Functioning departmental peer committees are essential to the establishment and protection of these rights, and past ARPT Forums have served to motivate and inform members about their responsibility to maintain healthy peer committees across the Institute. Whether you are a veteran unionist or a new member, attending an ARPT Forum is a great way to strengthen our collective understanding and implementation of our contractual rights.
This semester’s event will take place from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Cafe ‘E Vino, 112 DeKalb (between St. Felix & Ashland, 718-855-6222). Cafe ‘E Vino is located 3-4 blocks up from Flatbush Avenue, or just beyond the park, Brooklyn Tech High School and across from the hospital if heading down DeKalb from Pratt Institute.
There is limited space for this event, so please RSVP to Kye Carbone if you are interested in attending.
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!!
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