AAUP Executive Council Minutes
September 15, 2008
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 1:30-3:30 PM
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon Campbell, Gerald
Turkel, Danilo Yanich, David Smith, Pat Barber, Calvin Keeler, and
Kevin Kerrane (secretary)
The meeting began with a welcome to our new member, Calvin
Keeler, who is replacing Steve Dentel. His term expires December 31,
but he is eligible for election to a new term.
Council then met in Executive Session for with reports from
the Grievance Officer, D. Smith, and the Contract Maintenance Office,
Following approval of the minutes from the May 19 meeting, L.
Bucher raised the issue of mold in McDowell Hall, which should be
covered by Article 18 (“Safety and Health”) of the CBA.
Facilities Management has a priority list of buildings to be checked
and D. Smith suggested that we issue a request—through Maxine
Colm—to see the list and to gain information about how priorities
Minutes of the last meeting, May 19, were approved without
Office Update: Rita Girardi’s 4%
increase became effective September 1, 2008. Council unanimously and
wholeheartedly expressed thanks to Steve Dentel for his exemplary
service to our chapter. L. Bucher will send official thank you and
Treasurer’s Report: Sheldon Pollack,
our Treasurer, could not attend the meeting, but sent assurances that
chapter finances were in good shape despite downturns in the stock
The AAUP Voice: G. Turkel said that
the September Voice, to be published later in the week, would
explain the voting process for our fall elections. The October issue
will include biographical paragraphs about each of the
candidates—as well as data relating faculty benefits at UD to
those at comparator institutions.
CBA Vote: L. Bucher
announced final numbers on the spring vote for a new contract—247
faculty in favor and 16 opposed. The contract was approved by 94% of
those casting valid ballots.
Chapter history: In the course of his
research, Steve Finner visited campus during the summer, but there has
been no recent word from him.
Recruitment activities: L. Bucher discussed
plans to meet with new faculty members in October, and to conduct a
survey of non-members during the year to examine reasons why they have
not joined AAUP. She is also considering meetings with individual
departments in the spring.
K. Kerrane suggested that departmental representatives take
the lead in a membership drive, but he noted the problem of out-of-date
information on our lists of members and non-members. D. Smith agreed,
noting that the unreliability of these lists makes AAUP representatives
reluctant to knock on their colleagues’ doors. G. Turkel proposed
targeting specific departments, perhaps starting with Political Science.
The Salary Equity Review Committee, which
includes Council members L. Campbell and D. Smith, met on July 10. The
minutes of that session (distributed to Council) stated that two lists
would be generated based on different cutoffs, 6% and 8%, and that
Council would have a chance to make a recommendation on these numbers
before any information was forwarded to deans as they began
deliberations about for equity adjustments.
The joint Administration/AAUP committee on Merit Pay—which
includes Council members L. Bucher, S. Pollack, and D. Smith—is
scheduled to meet on September 29. D. Smith reminded Council that the
committee’s purpose is to make sure that the awarding of merit
conforms to the CBA. Because the administration has pushed (and will
continue to) for a greater percentage of faculty raises to be based on
merit, it is all the more important to insist on a process that is
clear and consistent.
L. Bucher suggested that the next AAUP faculty survey should
include a specific question about the percentage of raises to be
allocated on the basis of merit. D. Smith observed that, in the next
round of bargaining, the AAUP could propose a change in the language of
Article 12.3 in regard to each department’s ratification of the
metric for merit. L. Bucher called attention to an email from Pam Cook
regarding President Harker’sDiversity
Task Force, with three questions meant to generate an agenda
for a meeting. We agreed to respond by proposing Monday afternoon
(possibly on October 6) as a convenient meeting time.
Fall elections: L. Bucher and G. Turkel are
not eligible for an elected position; K. Kerrane indicated that he is
not available for continued AAUP service in an elected position. D.
Yanich and S. Pollack remained unsure of their plans, but promised to
let other members know as soon as possible. P. Barber agreed to be put
forward as a candidate for secretary (replacing K. Kerrane). L. Bucher
stated that three faculty indicated interest in a position of the
council. She spoke to Joan DelFattore (English) over the summer
regarding her interest in running for president. John Morgan (Physics)
and Peter Cole (Linguistics) expressed an interest in serving in any
way the council deems appropriate.
National AAUP: There was no news from the
Next Meeting: The meeting adjourned with a
reminder that the next Council session will be held on Monday, October
20, at 1:00 p.m.
Kevin Kerrane, Secretary