AAUP Executive Council Minutes
May 19, 2008
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 9:00 a.m.
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon Campbell, Gerald
Turkel, Sheldon Pollack, David Smith, Steve Dentel, Pat Barber, and
Kevin Kerrane (secretary)
The meeting began in
Executive Session with reports from the Grievance Officer, D. Smith,
and the Contract Maintenance Office, L. Campbell.
Additions to the agenda: L. Bucher proposed discussion of the
elections in fall 2008 to fill vacancies on the Executive Council. K.
Kerrane proposed discussion of an AAUP membership drive in the fall
semester—and G. Turkel mentioned plans to meet with members of
each department of the university, explaining faculty rights and our
chapter’s commitment to maintaining them.
Minutes from the Council meeting of April 28 were approved
with no corrections.
Office Update: L. Bucher announced that Rita Girardi has
received a software program on bookkeeping, and would soon start
training with it. L. Campbell said that, at some point, we might want
to cut office costs by offering an internship. (Note: The recent vote
regarding eligibility to vote on the new contract cost the chapter
about $1,000. It resulted in a clear mandate, 206 to 15, to limit
voting to AAUP members.)
Treasurer’s Report: S. Pollack noted that our accounts
were recovering from downturns in the market, but we were still off by
about $5,000 for the year. He added that the chapter’s portfolio
is well diversified.
AAUP Voice: G. Turkel said that the next issue of
the Voice would announce the complete tally of recent voting
on the new contract. It would also clarify details of the fall election
for vacancies on the Executive Council, and would invite nominations.
Update on Contract: L. Bucher said that the Steering
Committee meeting on May 14 was positive. Ballots on the new contract
had been sent out one day earlier, and they were scheduled to be
counted on May 23 (Friday) at 4:30 p.m. in Room 302 McDowell.
Update on Chapter History: Discussion was deferred on the
chapter history. There was no news from Steve Finner.
Assuming the new contract is approved, representatives of the
AAUP would then meet with Mike Middaugh to do salary-equity
calculations; G. Turkel suggested this slate of representatives: David
Smith, Leon Campbell, and someone from the AAUP Steering Committee.
Sherry Kitto was recommended and will be invited to serve in this
capacity. D. Smith noted that this work would deal with principles more
with specific numbers, and he volunteered to collaborate with G. Turkel
on a side letter regarding Article 12.4 in the new contract.
Membership related issues: S. Dentel suggested a
“Members Only” section on the web site to highlight the
value added benefits of membership; Survey of non-members to be
National news: G. Turkel announced that the University of
Connecticut chapter had withdrawn from the CBC, regarding it as too
small to be effective. The Connecticut chapter may remain independent;
it seems clear that they will not affiliate with AFT.
L. Bucher asked Council members to think about possible
speakers for the fall luncheon that we co-sponsor with the
Provost’s Office. She also stressed that everyone presently on
Council would be eligible for re-election. K. Kerrane and S. Dentel
said that they would not be running for re-election, but they promised
to look for worthy candidates.
2008—to be announced.
Kevin Kerrane, Secretary