AAUP Unit 2 approves new 1-year contract

The members of AAUP Unit 2 voted on Sep. 1, 2017, to approve a new one-year contract that will begin Dec. 23, 2017, and end Dec. 22, 2018.

The College Board of Trustees members are expected to vote on the new contract at their September 26 meeting.

AAUP Unit 2 includes nine full-time faculty members whose positions are funded, in whole or in part, by external grants. Most of the members of Unit 2 are Academic Advisors located in the division offices on Clifton Campus.

Members of Unit 2 do not have a “semester off” as do all members of Unit 1. Instead, Unit 2 members are on duty about 220 days of each academic year.

Like the current one-year contract for AAUP Unit 1, the Unit 2 contract includes a 2% increase to members’ base salaries, effective the first day of the new contract year.

The new Unit 2 contract, like the Unit 1 contract, will keep the same health insurance plan as in the past three-year contract, with no change in the employee cost of health insurance.

Most other provisions of the new Unit 2 contract will remain the same as in the current Unit 2 contract.

However, the new AAUP Unit 2 contract will not include a tenure article.

According to the provisions of the Unit 2 contract, members may apply for tenure after five years of full-time service. This is different from the Unit 1 contract, which specifies that faculty members who complete five years of full-time service must apply for tenure.

During the past three years, a total of four members of Unit 2 have applied for tenure. All four withdrew their tenure applications when it became evident that the College administration would not support granting tenure to members of Unit 2.

The new AAUP 2 contract states that members of the unit who complete five years of full time service will receive a 3% increase to base salary, and will be able to use the title “Senior Academic Advisor” (or a comparable “Senior” title for other positions within Unit 2).

The four members of the unit who withdrew their tenure applications will receive the 3% salary increase and the right to the “Senior” title at the beginning of the new contract year, in December.

In addition, each of the unit members who withdrew their tenure application will receive a one-time, lump-sum stipend covering the time between the withdrawal of their tenure application and the start of the new contract.

Cincinnati State AAUP Chapter President Pam Ecker said, “The new contract puts an end to the frustrating history of the tenure language in the Unit 2 contract, and provides appropriate recognition for members of the unit who demonstrate meaningful long-term service to Cincinnati State.”

“We appreciate that the administration was willing to extend other elements of the one-year Unit 1 contract to our Unit 2 members as well,” Pam added. “We also appreciate the administration’s efforts to complete negotiations well before the contract expires in December, so all faculty can put our efforts into enhancing student success throughout this new academic year.”

The Unit 2 contract negotiations took place at four bargaining sessions held in June, July, and August 2017.

The AAUP bargaining team for the Unit 2 contract included Pam Ecker, Darlene Gray, Julie McLaughlin, Greg Klein, and Mark Tiemeier. Geoff Woolf served on the bargaining team for some sessions, prior to becoming an administrator.

The administration bargaining team for the Unit 2 contract included Provost Robbin Hoopes, Human Resources Director Lawra Baumann, Business Division Dean Linda Schaffeld, and Interim Vice President of Enrollment & Student Development Soni Hill.

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AAUP Unit 1 ratifies 1-year contract agreement

Members of AAUP Bargaining Unit 1 ratified the Tentative Agreement for a one-year contract (effective August 2017 through August 2018) by a vote of 130-2.

Nearly 80 percent of eligible Chapter members participated in the ratification vote.

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Chapter members to vote on Tentative Agreement for Unit 1 Contract

On April 13 and April 17, Chapter members of Cincinnati State AAUP will review and discuss a Tentative Agreement for a one-year contract for bargaining Unit 1.

Voting on the Tentative Agreement will continue throughout the week of April 17.

The Tentative Agreement is the result of a proposal that the College administration offered to the AAUP on April 3.

Additional information has been provided to bargaining unit members via email.

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AAUP 2017 Scholarship Applications due March 1

Each year, the Cincinnati State AAUP Chapter awards a scholarship to a current Cincinnati State student who has demonstrated academic excellence while pursuing his or her associate’s degree. Starting in 2017, the Chapter plans to award two scholarships, of $1,000 each.

One scholarship is named in honor of Ken Stoll, a graduate of the College whose career included serving as a faculty member, academic administrator, and as an AAUP officer and bargaining team member.

The other scholarship is named in memory of John Battistone, a faculty member who was a long-time leader of the Chapter, serving as Chapter Contract Compliance Officer and Chief Negotiator for many years.

The full set of Application materials is in the Library section of this website.

Applicants must return required materials by March 1, 2017. Criteria for the AAUP scholarship include:

  • Fully-admitted, degree-seeking status
  • Completed at least 16 credit hours toward the degree in classes taken at Cincinnati State
  • Current grade point average of 3.0 or higher (as of the end of Fall semester 2016)
  • Not received a Cincinnati State AAUP Scholarship in the past
  • Not a dependent of a Cincinnati State employee
  • For the Battistone scholarship, preference is given to a qualified student who also has a labor union affiliation (self or family member). Union affiliation is not required to receive an AAUP scholarship.

A committee of AAUP members reviews applications and selects the recipient. The scholarship funds are deposited in a Cincinnati State financial aid account, in accordance with Cincinnati State Foundation guidelines. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, and books.

Questions about the AAUP Scholarship can be sent to the Committee Chair, Darlene Gray (darlene.gray@cincinnatistate.edu).

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AAUP Bargaining Open Forum on January 23

On Monday, January 23, Cincinnati State AAUP will hold a Bargaining Issues Open Forum. All full-time faculty members in bargaining units 1 and 2 are welcome to attend the Forum, in the Clifton Campus Main Building Conference Center, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Discussion tables will be set up to cover a variety of faculty issues and concerns, including issues that affect specific groups of faculty, such as program chairs, co-op coordinators, and annually contracted faculty.

Faculty members will be able to circulate from table to table so they can talk with others who are interested in those same issues. Note takers will make sure that all ideas and views are recorded.

Tables will also be available for discussion of new topics added by the faculty members attending the Forum.

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Condolences to the Battistone family

Retired faculty member and AAUP Chapter leader John Battistone died on Sunday, May 15.

A professor of English and former manager of the Writing Center, he retired from the College in 2012 after 27 years of service. He was a long-time officer of Cincinnati State AAUP.

“John was a crucial member of the team that helped the AAUP Chapter become the faculty union, and he served as the AAUP’s Chief Negotiator and Contract Compliance Officer for many years,” said AAUP Chapter President Pam Ecker. “He established many of the contract compliance processes still in effect for our AAUP Chapter — including always attempting to resolve contractual problems through discussion and collaboration with College administrators, rather than immediately resorting to formal grievance procedures.”

Added Pam, “John’s wit and wisdom were greatly valued by the colleagues who worked with him during his long career at the College.”

He is survived by his wife, two sisters, and a large extended family. Service information will be determined at a later date.

(Republished from Cincinnati State Daily News, May 16, 2016)

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AAUP begins new service project: College Career Closet

Starting in March 2016,  members of AAUP are volunteering to staff the College Career Closet. The Career Closet project is a partnership with the College Development Office and the Cincinnati State Foundation.

The Career Closet provides professional attire, at no charge, for Cincinnati State students who are preparing for interviews or for work assignments through co-op or internship. Students must be referred by a College faculty or staff member to use the Career Closet.

The Cincinnati State Foundation has been successful in obtaining donated new or gently used professional attire for the Career Closet, but regular staffing has been a problem.

AAUP’s initial efforts to provide staffing for the Career Closet coincided with the Career Fair held on the Clifton campus on March 16. AAUP Service Committee Chair Andi Feld will be working with the initial group of volunteers to set up a long-term plan for staffing, so the Career Closet has regular hours of operation published each semester.

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AAUP Scholarship applications due Feb. 19

Each year, the Cincinnati State AAUP Chapter awards the Ken Stoll AAUP Scholarship ($2,000) to a current Cincinnati State student who has demonstrated academic excellence while pursuing his or her associate’s degree.

The full set of Application materials is in the Library section of this website.

Applicants must return required materials by Feb. 19. Criteria for the AAUP scholarship include:

  • Fully-admitted, degree-seeking status
  • Completed at least 16 credit hours toward the degree in classes taken at Cincinnati State
  • Current grade point average of 3.0 or higher (as of the end of Fall semester 2015)
  • Not received a Cincinnati State AAUP Scholarship in the past
  • Not a dependent of a Cincinnati State employee
  • Preference is given to a qualified student who also has a labor union affiliation (self or family member) but union affiliation is not required to receive the scholarship.

A committee of AAUP members reviews applications and selects the recipient. The scholarship funds are deposited in a Cincinnati State financial aid account, in accordance with Cincinnati State Foundation guidelines. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, and books.

The scholarship is named for Ken Stoll, a graduate of the College whose career included serving as a faculty member, academic administrator, and as an AAUP officer and bargaining team member.

Questions about the AAUP Scholarship can be sent to the Committee Chair, Darlene Gray (darlene.gray@cincinnatistate.edu).

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Unit 2 contract posted (& Unit 1 contract posted with index)

The AAUP Unit 2 Collective Bargaining Agreement (2014-2017) is now available in the Library > Contracts section of this website. The posted contract includes a complete index.

Printed copies of the contract will be distributed to Unit 2 members soon.

The AAUP Unit 1 Collective Bargaining Agreement (2014-2017) posted in the Library > Contracts section now includes the complete index. The previously-posted version of the contract did not include the index pages.

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Anti-Faculty Language REMOVED from HB 64

On Monday,  Apr. 20, the House Finance Committee passed HB 64 without the language that would have taken away faculty collective bargaining rights.

Thank you to everyone who took time over the past few days to write emails, make phone calls, and persuade others to send message to legislators. Clearly, your efforts worked!

More information is available on the Ohio Conference AAUP website (http://ocaaup.org).

We need to remain vigilant, in case this language reappears when the Ohio Senate starts their work on the state budget. But at least for the moment, congratulations to all, and thank you again for all of the fast and effective individual responses to the call for action.

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