Executive Council Minutes
November 17, 2008
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 1:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Linda Bucher
(presiding), Leon Campbell, Gerald Turkel, Danilo Yanich, Sheldon
Pollack, David Smith, Pat Barber, Calvin Keeler, and Kevin Kerrane
The meeting began in Executive Session with reports from the
Grievance Officer, D. Smith, and the Contract Maintenance Office, L.
Following approval of the minutes from the October 20, L.
Bucher said that the ballot for new Executive Council officers had been
sent out earlier in the day, and that the anticipated president-elect,
Joan DelFattore, would attend our December 15 meeting. Terms for the
new officers will be January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010.
Council looked at new statistics regarding the
university’s student-faculty ratio, and at new lists of members
and non-members of AAUP. It was agreed that the lists, while in need of
further updating, will provide a good starting point for efforts at
Treasurer’s Report: S. Pollack noted that the value of
chapter investments had recently declined by about $30,000, but that
the overall financial picture remained reasonably good. He added that
there has been no change in the monthly operating budget.
The AAUP Voice: G. Turkel said the November-December
issue of the newsletter would be published after the election for the
Executive Council was over, and that the first issue in 2009 would
carry a statement from our outgoing president, Linda Bucher.
There were no updates on the chapter history, or on the work
of the Salary Equity Review Committee.
The joint Annual Evaluation/Merit Pay Committee, which
includes three of our Council members (S. Pollack, D. Smith, G.
Turkel), had recently conducted four meetings with departments, with at
least that many more planned before the end of the fall semester. D.
Smith observed that most of the problems discussed so far had been
small, but that some chairs needed to be reminded of basic premises of
Article 12.3 in the CBA.
S. Pollack emphasized the importance of these discussions in
light of the administration’s wish to maximize the merit
component in faculty raises. G. Turkel suggested and the Council agreed
that we should survey members and non-members in the spring (2009)
regarding this issue (i.e., the merit percentage that faculty consider
to be fair/desired). G. Turkel said that the National AAUP would be an
important resource. A more detailed survey of the faculty re:
bargaining issues will be conducted per usual in the fall (2009).
L. Bucher announced that the survey of faculty who are not
AAUP members would be sent out on Monday, December 1 st (after
Thanksgiving Break). The survey was approved with no corrections or
additions – L. Bucher will circulate the link to the survey to
Council members to determine if any computer glitches exist.
G. Turkel said that there was no news from the National AAUP.
The meeting adjourned with a reminder that the next Council
meeting will be held on Monday, December 15, at 1:00 p.m.