The Word - 2007/02/26



The Word from CSEA

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of February 26, 2007


CSEA's special meeting on health care costs for ALL FULL-TIME FACULTY is this Wednesday, February 28, at 3 PM in DE 121. We particularly encourage non-union members to take advantage of this informational session.

Faculty representatives to the College Health Care Committee will present an update on the committee's discussions of next year's health care coverage. With the College in the process of shifting more and more insurance costs to faculty and other employees, this meeting will provide important information that will affect you and your family in the coming year.

We hope that you'll make a point of attending and bringing your questions. Faculty need to understand the extent to which increased cost-shifting erodes each year's pay increase.


With the changes in the promotion process in the past year, faculty can apply for promotion under either the old or the new guidelines. This has led to some confusion for both faculty and administrators.

CSEA and Provost Dr. Kay Adkins have agreed to the following statement:

"As faculty prepare their portfolios for promotion, please be aware that they no longer need to document points for promotion, regardless of whether they are using the new promotion system (dated July 1, 2005) or the old promotion system (dated August 21, 2000)."

Faculty who intend to seek promotion this year must file their letter of intent by March 1. Portfolios in support of promotion must be submitted to department chairs by April 1.


We remind all faculty that as departments/programs form search committees to hire new faculty, faculty are entitled under our work terms to select their own two (or, in larger departments, three) representatives to those hiring committees. Chairs may not select these committees unilaterally.

Contact your Association Representative if you have questions or concerns about this process.


All faculty and staff are supposed to be paid for the hours they would have worked on the days that the campus was closed due to severe weather. This includes ALL faculty (full time and adjunct) who would have worked in a teaching or tutoring capacity or who were scheduled to substitute for another faculty member on those days. Pay vouchers should include pay for the hours faculty would have worked during the period the campus was shut down.


Union dues usually qualify as a miscellaneous deduction on Schedule A of IRS Form 1040. Miscellaneous deductions must be at least 2% of Adjusted Gross Income to qualify as legitimate deductions.

A part of union dues ($30.45) is used for lobbying, and this amount may not be deducted. Therefore, the amount of dues CSEA members may claim for a deduction for this tax year is $649.55.

The Word is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Darrell Minor, President and President-elect/ x5310
Amy Brubaker, Vice-President / x5068
Susan Moran, Secretary / x5453
Phil MacLean, Treasurer / x5308
Mary Morgan, Parliamentarian-elect / x5768

Steve Abbott, Senior Association Representative / x5096
Gil Feiertag, Senior Association Representative / x5861
Judy Anderson, Association Representative / x5822
Liz Betzel, Association Representative / x5329
Mark Bocija, Association Representative / x5049
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
T.J. Duda, Association Representative / x5309
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Cindy Evans, Association Representative / x2435
Bob Mergel, Association Representative / x5034
Dona Reaser, Association Representative / x5475
Gilberto Serrano, Association Representative / x3863
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Kathy Struve, Association Representative / x5330
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693

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