AAUP Executive Council Minutes
October 4, 2006
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 8:30 a.m.
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon Campbell, Gerald
Turkel, Danilo Yanich, Steve Dentel, Pat Barber, Sheldon Pollack, David
Smith, and Kevin Kerrane (secretary)
After approval of the minutes from the August 29 th Executive
Council meeting, Council went into Executive Session for reports from
the Grievance Officer, D. Smith, and the Contract Maintenance Office,
Office Update: L. Bucher initiated proposed a 4% salary
increase for Office Assistant Rita Girardi based on the 06-07 salary
adjustments defined in the CBA. G. Turkel moved that the increase be
5%. D. Yanich seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
In his Treasurer’s Report, S. Pollack noted that our
chapter would still be ahead for the year, even after the payment of
$5,000 to the National as part of our pledge.
G. Turkel summarized an e-mail exchange with Maxine Colm
regarding eligibility for early retirement. The administration is
asserting a right to implement a policy change regarding age and
service eligibility on its own , but the National AAUP has stated that
age and service eligibility are defined in our part of the CBA (Article
IX, Section 9.6 as stated on page 15). After full discussion by the
Council, L. Campbell proposed that President L. Bucher write a letter
to Maxine explaining our disagreement, on the grounds that changing a
clause in our current contract cannot become a prerogative of
David Smith announced that, as the Grievance Officer, he was
still planning to provide a clarification of “Grievances”
and “Complaints”—to be published in The AAUP
G. Turkel reported that Steve Finner is still working without
a contract on the Chapter History. He also noted that Rita Girardi
would be sending out flyers to all faculty regarding the October 25
Joint Fall Luncheon Program with the Provost.
L. Bucher reported that she attended the New Faculty
Orientation on October 3. It had been poorly attended, but she had
given a presentation about the AAUP.
Local AAUP membership only option: S. Pollack summarized
questions from colleagues about the possibility of joining our AAUP
chapter without also joining the National. G. Turkel stressed that our
chapter has an obligation to pay dues to the National, and L. Bucher
added that it would not be possible to belong to the National
organization without joining the local chapter given that we are a
collective bargaining unit.
Joint meeting with Executive Committee of the Senate: S.
Pollack suggested that such a meeting could clarify policies (about
grievances and complaints, for example), and raise issues about faculty
input into such areas as appointments to named professorships.
L. Bucher agreed to arrange the meeting.
Salary Equity Studies: L. Bucher noted a number of queries
from faculty about the annual process of analyzing individual salaries
to determine equity. K. Kerrane observed that the present process
includes no notification to a faculty member whose request for an
analysis does not result in a salary adjustment—much less an
explanation of the methods by which these adjustments are computed. L.
Campbell offered to ask Michael Middaugh for information about the
algorithm he uses in these computations, and L. Bucher proposed that The
AAUP Voice include this explanation, along with a notice about
delays in this year’s analyses due to the implementation of a
S. Pollack raised a question about the teaching of on-line
courses. The administration has the prerogative of
assigning/supervising such courses—but if regular faculty are not
given a right of first refusal to teach them, they can file grievances.
L. Bucher noted the training of new collective-bargaining
leaders being conducted by the National Office had been rescheduled for
December 1 and 2 (Friday and Saturday) in Washington, D.C.
Council then discussed a request for financial help from the
AAUP chapter at the University of Colorado. S. Dentel emphasized that
this new chapter has been under political attack. G. Turkel moved that
our chapter send a donation of $250. K. Kerrane seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
L. Bucher concluded with a reminder of our two remaining
meeting dates this fall: November 1 and December 6—both at 8:30