What's Really Happening - 2002/10/16



What's Really Happening

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of October 16, 2002


A meeting of union members only is scheduled for October 24, 2002 at 3 p.m. in one of the Nestor Hall Seminar rooms (unconfirmed at this time). The purpose of the meeting will be to update members on current status of negotiations at the conclusion of fact-finding hearings, and to accept from the floor additional nominations for union officers. An election for any contested position will be conducted by written ballot in the same room on October 31, 2002.

The executive committee nominations are as follows:

President: Steve Abbott 
Vice-President: Karl Rieppel
Secretary: Amy Brubaker
Treasurer: Greg Goodhart
Parliamentarian: Darrell Minor

Association representatives :

Career and Technical Programs Division (5 )

Hakim Adjoua, Legal Assisting
Sandra Fabyan, Computer Science 
Jane McDowell, Office Management
Bill Mundy, Accounting
Chuck Rinehart, Construction Management

Arts and Science Division (4)

Elizabeth Betzel, Mathematics
Charles Gallucci, Biological & Physical Sciences
Lisa Schneider, Communication Skills
Leslie Smith, Mathematics

If you have not yet paid your dues, you can pay them through any officer (see list above) or at the door on Oct. 24.


One disappointing discovery in our research prior to the fact-finding hearing was in the College's financial operations. In the first nine months of FY 2002 (July 2001-March 2002, the College allocated (i.e., made plans for) a little over $4 million from its Unallocated Funds balance. You'll remember that part of our drive for a fair salary schedule noted the College's $50 million in Unallocated Funds. Well, it turns out that, as soon as negotiations on our contract began in March, the College spent the next three months (April-June 2002) transferring more than $30 million of that balance into "allocations."

Our disappointment is not that the money has become unavailable for improving salaries and benefits. It hasn't. "Allocations" are basically "plans." The money is still available for any purpose. But at the same time the College's negotiator team was talking about developing a new and more trusting relationship with faculty, the administration was quietly trying to shelter its surpluses so that it could make it appear that CSEA's statements about unallocated funds were inaccurate.


As you read this, your negotiating team is in the fact-finding hearing. The team hopes that a few issues may be settled through initial mediation. As previously reported, the fact finder will accept testimony and documentation from both CSEA and the College, producing a report within two weeks. The report will set forth resolution of the disputed elements of the negotiations. Each side will then have 14 days to either accept or reject the entire report; there is no provision for rejecting individual aspects of the fact finder's report. If both sides accept the report, contract will be drawn up for final ratification. If either side rejects the report, mediation will resume and the Association will be legally able to take other actions.

Only union members will make these important decisions. We continue to be encouraged by the interest from junior faculty and the increase in new memberships. If yours is not yet among them, it's time to join CSEA. It's your job. It's your future. It's your union. Join CSEA today.

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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