Unit 2 negotiations on hold until January

Bargaining for a new contract for AAUP Unit 2 will resume in January.

Faculty Chief Negotiator Geoff Woolf said he was informed on Thursday, Dec. 18, that the administration team is not available for additional bargaining prior to start of the College’s winter break.

“In our initial sessions, we seemed to be making good progress in identifying the key issues, so it’s disappointing that we could not meet this week,” Geoff said. “The AAUP wanted to complete negotiations before the current contract expired.”

“We hope the administration team will be available for additional bargaining sessions early in January,” Geoff added.

The current contract for Unit 2 expires Dec. 23. Geoff said the terms of the current contract will remain in effect until negotiations for a new contract are completed.

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AAUP Unit 2 negotiations: Dec. 12

The bargaining teams for the AAUP Unit 2 contract met on Friday, Dec. 12, for about 90 minutes.

The Administration Team at the session included Executive Vice President Carla Chance, Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development Soni Hill, Director of the Advising Center Temesha Corbin, Manager of Labor Relations Steve Brooks, and Associate Dean of Health & Public Safety Jennifer Hall.

The Faculty Team members are Geoff Woolf, Darlene Gray, and Pam Ecker.

Mediator John Gray attended the session also.

Faculty Team members said the session focused on gaining additional understanding of the concerns that were identified during Thursday’s bargaining session.

Topics of discussion included the Unit 2 faculty annual calendar and scheduling of workday responsibilities, the use of vacation days, and the work performed by Unit 2 members that provides service to the College community, which sometimes occurs on evenings and weekends.

The teams also exchanged ideas about the value and importance of tenure for Unit 2 faculty members.

Faculty Chief Negotiator Geoff Woolf said, “Today we focused on general concepts rather than specific proposals. Both sides talked honestly about our concerns, which should help us establish a good foundation for the eventual exchange of proposals.”

Geoff said the Faculty Team also provided some background information about Unit 2 faculty work.

“Several of the members of the Administration Team are new to bargaining for this unit,” Geoff said. “In some instances, providing some of the history of the unit can help these administrators better understand certain aspects of the contract.”

“The faculty members in Unit 2 are highly credentialed and highly qualified, and their work has a special place in the life of the College community,” Geoff said. “We believe the members of Unit 2 are entitled to working conditions and rights that are commensurate with their faculty counterparts in Unit 1.”

Geoff added, “As a faculty organization, AAUP has the same expectations for members of Unit 2 as we do for those in Unit 1. In bargaining, we generally resist efforts to make changes that would create more differences between the two units.”

The next negotiation session is not yet scheduled, but Geoff said he expects the bargaining teams to meet again early next week.

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Contract negotiations begin for AAUP Unit 2

Contract negotiations for AAUP Unit 2 began with a one-hour session on Thursday, Dec. 11. Another bargaining session is scheduled for Friday, starting at 10 a.m.

Members of the Faculty Bargaining Team said the first session was cordial and both sides share the goal of completing negotiations efficiently. The contract for this bargaining unit expires on Dec. 23.

The Faculty Bargaining Team is Geoff Woolf (chief spokesperson), Darlene Gray, and Pam Ecker.

Executive Vice President Carla Chance is chief spokesperson for the Administration Bargaining Team. Other team members are Soni Hill, Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development; Temesha Corbin, Director of the Advising Center; Betty Young, Director of Human Resources; and Steve Brooks, Manager of Labor Relations.

Mediator John Gray, from the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, also attended the session.

Geoff said the teams discussed areas of the contract where changes may be proposed.

“The Unit 2 contract contains many articles that are the same as the Unit 1 contract,” Geoff said. “We agreed that many of the changes made in Unit 1 negotiations will be applied to the comparable articles in the Unit 2 contract.”

Geoff said the Faculty Team will be proposing changes related to some aspects of the Workload and Benefits articles, as well as proposals for compensation of unit members.

“A big difference between Units 1 and 2 relates to the configuration of workdays,” Geoff said.

“Unit 2 faculty members work 220 days annually, and have the ability to take vacation days,” Geoff continued. “However, sometimes it’s difficult for members of the unit to use their vacation days because of the way their work is scheduled.”

“Also, members of Unit 2 sometimes have responsibilities that must be completed in the evening or on weekends, such as College Fast Track enrollment sessions,” Geoff said.

“We discussed some of these workload problems three years ago when we negotiated the Unit 2 contract, but additional effort is needed to resolve the problems,” Geoff added.

Faculty Team members said the Administration Team indicated they will bring a proposal related to the Tenure article of the Unit 2 contract.

Geoff explained, “In the Unit 1 contract, it states that a faculty member ‘must’ apply for tenure at the end of their five-year probationary period. In the Unit 2 contract, it says that the faculty member ‘may’ apply for tenure.”

“We know that some administrators believe that tenure should not be granted to faculty members whose positions are funded by grants, and we’ll certainly listen and try to understand their concerns,” Geoff said. “However, the tenure article has been part of the Unit 2 contract for a long time, and the ability to apply for the awarding of tenure is an important principle for AAUP.”

Additional information about Unit 2 negotiations is in the Dec. 11 issue of AAUP News.

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Contract for Unit 1 is online

The complete AAUP1 Contract 2014-2017 is now available as a PDF (click link) or visit the Library section of the site.

Printed copies of the contract will be distributed to Unit members in January.

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