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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Republican legislators in the Ohio House of Representatives added language to state budget bill (House Bill 64) that would prohibit faculty members at Ohio public colleges and universities from belonging to a union if we also exercise any of our traditional faculty responsibilities for curriculum oversight and shared governance. The language of the bill says that faculty duties make us “managers” or “supervisors” and therefore not eligible for union representation.

The language of HB 64 is exactly the same as the language prohibiting faculty unions that appeared in Senate Bill 5 a few years ago. When Senate Bill 5 went to Ohio voters,  it was soundly defeated, with 62% of Ohioans voting against these and other restrictions on public employee unions.

The House Finance Committee is expected to vote on HB 64 on Monday at 3 PM. It’s crucial that faculty members, and all citizens who support our right to belong to unions, get in touch with key legislators by email message or phone immediately, with strong but polite messages asking them to vote “no.”

Here are the phone numbers of the key representatives we must contact, and suggested talking points.

Ryan Smith (Chair, House Finance Committee)
Phone (614) 466-1366
email: rep93@ohiohouse.gov
Twitter handle: @OhioRepSmith

Kirk Schuring (Vice Chair, House Finance Committee)
Phone (614) 752-2438
email: rep48@ohiohouse.gov

Ron Maag (District 62)
Phone (614) 644-6023
email: rep62@ohiohouse.gov
Twitter handle: @RonMaag

Cliff Rosenberger, Speaker of the House
Phone (614) 466-3506
email: rep91@ohiohouse.gov

Louis Terhar (District 30)
Phone (614) 466-8258
email: rep30@ohiohouse.gov

Louis Blessing (District 29)
Phone (614) 466-9091
email: rep29@ohiohouse.gov

Talking Points:

  • The anti-union language of HB 64 is the same as Senate Bill 5, which 62% of Ohio voters rejected just two years ago.
  • Faculty salaries are not a factor in the rising cost of college. (This is the reason Republicans in the House have given for adding the HB 64 anti-union language.)
  • The real problem is “administrative bloat,” excessive administrative salaries, high-priced consultants, and misplaced priorities.
  • House Bill 64 is an attempt to distract from the real problem and stop faculty from serving as “watchdogs” on administration while we carry out our appropriate role as care-takers for curriculum and students (including the work faculty do as program chairs, which would be exclusively administrative work if the HB 64 language goes into effect).
  • (For other talking points, refer to the Ohio Conference AAUP website at http://ocaaup.org. Also, there’s a sample message posted on the Chapter Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CinStateAAUP.)

Once you’ve made your phone call or sent your email message, it is crucial that you convince at least one friend or family member to do the same! Legislators need to know that faculty are not alone, and that “average citizens” care about this issue, too.

Thank you again for your help in fighting back this attack on faculty unions in Ohio.

Local and National Media Roundup on HB 64

Academe Blog (April 14)

Insider Higher Ed (April 17)

Toledo Blade (April 17)

Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 17)

WCPO (ABC – Channel 9 – Cincinnati metro area) (April 17) [requires payment to read the full story]

Academe Blog (April 17)

Columbus Dispatch (Apr 18)

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Faculty responsibilities and Spring Break

Next week Cincinnati State will have its first-ever Spring Break, and some faculty members have asked the AAUP for guidance on attendance and faculty responsibilities during this break.

Instructional faculty are not required to be on campus during Spring Break. However, we are in the middle of an academic semester– so as a professional, even if you don’t have any classes during the next week, instructional faculty should periodically check your email and any other communications your students typically use to get in touch with you, and respond to student concerns in a timely manner.

Faculty members whose responsibilities include advising and/or scheduling (including Program Chairs and Department Chairs) should have talked to your Division administrators about how you will provide support for students and deal with other concerns related to Summer Registration, which begins on March 16.

Faculty members with specific questions related to faculty responsibilities during Spring Break, should get in touch with AAUP Contract Compliance Officer Geoff Woolf.

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BOT approves Unit 2 contract

The College Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the contract for AAUP Unit 2. The vote was conducted in a public meeting held after the Board’s Executive Session meeting on Feb. 24.

Provisions of the new contract agreement include:
– Raises to base salary of 2% a year,  for each year of the 3-year contract (the first-year raise is retroactive to the contract start date, Dec. 23, 2014).
– Clarification of scheduled work time spent in College service and/or professional development activities.
– Unit members gain the right to “cash out” unused vacation days.
– Discussion of tenure criteria for members of Unit 2 is referred to the FACT committee.
– Other new contract language makes the Unit 2 contract consistent with the current Unit 1 contract.

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AAUP 2 accepts tentative agreement; BOT vote expected soon

The members of Cincinnati State AAUP, Bargaining Unit 2, voted unanimously on Feb. 13 to accept the tentative agreement for a new contract that was presented to the unit members.

The College Board of Trustees must accept the tentative agreement before it can become an official contract. We expect the Board to vote on the tentative agreement at their meeting on Feb. 24.

Thank you to the Faculty Bargaining Team– Geoff Woolf, Darlene Gray, and Pam Ecker– and thank you to all of our Unit 2 Chapter members who participated in today’s important vote. Thanks also to members of Unit 1 who supported the efforts over the past few months to negotiate a new contract for our faculty colleagues in Unit 2.

David Simmermon
President, Cincinnati State AAUP

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