What's Really Happening - 2002/03/09



What's Really Happening

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of March 9, 2002

Dear Colleagues,

Here's an update as we prepare for negotiations.

First, a reminder that CSEA will hold a members meeting Wednesday, March 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Nestor Seminar D to consider and ratify the revised Association constitution and bylaws. [Copies of the proposed documents are attached. Please review your copy prior to the meeting. If you have difficulty opening the documents and need a hard copy, contact Amy Brubaker at 287-5068.] Only Association members those who have paid full dues will be able to attend and vote. If you have not yet paid full dues, you can do so at the door: $283.25 if you paid the earlier $20 organizing membership, $303.25 if you didn't. Your Association officers and negotiators hope to see you there.

Your Negotiating Team and the administration's negotiators have completed training by the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS). We expect initial meetings to discuss the framework for negotiations to begin within the next two weeks. Our agreement with the administration provides for a weekly meeting schedule, all day Thursday and half a day Friday. The Negotiating Team also continues to collect data on the issues you have said are important to our discussions, and we appreciate your ongoing input.

As we reported in our last letter, the College has agreed to act on pending applications for sabbaticals, promotion, and tenure. To allow this to happen, CSEA has agreed to the administration's request that raises associated with any promotions granted before a contract is ratified will be postponed until that time, since salaries will be part of the bargaining process. Please remember that under current procedures, no pay raises for promotion go into effect until Autumn Quarter of each year.

It appears that, at its regular meeting later this month, the Board of Trustees will hear a presentation about, and be asked to approve, the governance model that is being imposed by the administration. The Association continues its opposition to this model and the process by which it has been completed. We do not believe that the proposed model will remedy the deficiencies in faculty governance cited by the NCA in its accreditation report two years ago.

We remain hopeful that the training and our willingness to honestly represent your needs will demonstrate that faculty interests are, in fact, the long-term interests of the College, and thus produce a mutually beneficial contract for ratification.

Your Columbus State Education Association Negotiating Team

Steve Abbott, President
Karl Rieppel, Vice-President
Greg Goodhart, Treasurer
Amy Brubaker, Secretary
Bill Mundy
Darrell Minor

What's Really Happening is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Steve Abbott, President / x5096
Karl Rieppel, Vice President / x2500
Amy Brubaker, Secretary and Association Representative / x5068
Greg Goodhart, Treasurer / x5431
Darrell Minor, Parliamentarian / x5310
Bill Mundy, Association Representative / x5176
Dr. Jane McDowell, Association Representative / x2656 
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693
Lisa Schneider, Association Representative / x5124

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