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.

Posted in Bargaining, News

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.

Posted in Bargaining

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).

Posted in News

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.

Posted in Bargaining, News

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)

Posted in News

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.

Posted in News

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).

Posted in News

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.

Posted in Contracts, News

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.

Posted in HB 64, News

FACULTY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK – Action Needed Now!

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)
http://academeblog.org/2015/04/14/sneak-attack-on-faculty-collective-bargaining-rights-in-ohio/

Insider Higher Ed (April 17)
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/04/17/ohio-bill-would-effectively-bar-faculty-unions-public-colleges

Toledo Blade (April 17)
http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2015/04/17/House-budget-targets-unions-state-professors.html

Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 17)
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/04/college_faculty_oppose_anti-un.html

WCPO (ABC – Channel 9 – Cincinnati metro area) (April 17) [requires payment to read the full story]
http://www.wcpo.com/news/education/ohio-college-professors-could-be-stripped-of-union-bargaining-rights-under-state-budget-proposall

Academe Blog (April 17)
http://academeblog.org/2015/04/16/ocaaup-testimony-on-legislation-stripping-ohio-faculty-of-collective-bargaining-rights/

Columbus Dispatch (Apr 18)
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/17/anti-union-add-ons-irk-democrats.html

Posted in HB 64, News