L.M. Notes 10-9-14

Present:
John Cote, Acting President UUP
David Kistler, Secretary UUP
Kathy Briggs, LRS
Margaret Madden, Provost SUNY Potsdam
Mary Dolan, HR SUNY Potsdam
Gerhard Voggel, Business Affairs SUNY Potsdam

Items for Discussion:
1) Announcements and Updates
• Madden: None
2) Lost Keys
• Dolan: There is a campus policy regarding a fee for lost keys. The fee has never been enforced or charged. The $50 charge is going to the President’s Council.
• Dolan/Madden/Voggel: rekeying could cost thousands of dollars. The intent is to change from keys to swipe cards with a fee to replace lost cards.
• Dolan: Keys are not the same as swipe cards.
3) Adjuncts restricted to part time service
• Dolan: Reason is the budget as a jump from 11 credit hours of work to 12 credit hours of work (i.e., full time) will cost the university $4,800 for each adjunct. Time is needed to pull together the number of adjuncts for additional information requested in letter of 10/3/14.
4) Academic salaries
• Madden: Due to budget problems no timeline has been developed.
5) Seamless transfer
• Madden: Department changes to comply or waivers are to be made by December 1.
• Online Potsdam courses are posted on Open SUNY.
• Faculty members “own” the course (owning is referred to as how the faculty delivery the course). Syllabus belongs to the university.

6) IDA, Drescher, and JLMC Professional Development Grant
• Dolan: IDA—the committee is ready to evaluate applications. Hoped for completion date is December 13.
• Dolan: Drescher—only one applicant.
• Dolan: JLMC (rising stars leadership development)—close to finalizing program.
7) System of Promotion for Lectures
• Dolan: Committee is in place and she is working on a meeting date.
8) Performance programs and evaluations
• Dolan: List of outstanding evaluations was provided.
• Cote: Expressed the concerns of not meeting the contract agreement
9) Authority in positions and committees
• Dolan: Agreed to meet with Briggs and Cote to discuss this issue.
10) Start up NY
• Dolan: A written overview was provided.
• Dolan: One application has been submitted.
11) Deficit Reduction Leave payout
• Dolan: No payments have been approved and sent because the State Controller has not authorized any funds for this.
12) Uncompensated Instruction
• Briggs: subject was travel course are registered in one semester but actually done in another semester.
• Madden: Not aware of this situation.
• Madden: Adjunct hiring has been reduced by 20 to 25% of the budget.
• Madden: Travel course will not be approved unless it is self- sustaining.
13) Zero Based Budget Documents/Article 17 Information Requests
• Dolan: Documents contained personal information
• Cote: Request was for positions only. How could prejudices be eliminated when names of members were included in reports?
• Dolan: Will find specific requests and examine them.
14) Sabbatical funding
• Dolan: Information posted on website.
• Dolan: Provided a list of current sabbatical requests.
• Madden: Not able to meet all requests. Feedback provided to those who are unfunded.
15) Bulletin Boards
• Dolan: Not aware of bulletin boards being unavailable for UUP posting.
16) Other
• Madden: President’s Council asked for ideas on the recognition of awards for employees.
• Dolan: Asked for ideas on how good things done by employees should be recognized.

L.M. Agenda 10-9-14

JOHN COTE’, Chapter President
United University Professions
234 MacVicar Hall/SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676

Kristin Esterberg, President
Raymond Hall/SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, New York 13676-2294

03 October 2014

Dear President Esterberg:

This is to confirm the arrangements for the Labor-Management meeting of
Thursday, October 09, at 2:00 PM in the 7th floor boardroom in Raymond Hall. Members of our Chapter Executive Committee will be attending. We look forward to your input and attendance for this meeting.

We propose the following items for discussion:

Agenda:

1. Announcements and Updates

The Potsdam UUP Chapter would like to share general announcements with Management as they may impact the workforce.

2. Lost key fee

There is now a fifty dollar fee for lost keys. How was that amount arrived at?

3. Adjuncts Restricted to Part Time Service Request for Data and Information

When and why was this policy adopted? How many full-time(4 or more courses)adjuncts were appointed in each of the last six semesters, type of appointment, and assignment area data are requested.

4. Academic salaries

Academic members request a timeline for the development of a plan to address faculty salaries.

5. Seamless transfer

What is the current status of efforts by the college to meet Seamless Transfer and Open SUNY timelines? Who owns an online course and/or its content which is offered through Open SUNY via Potsdam?

6. I.D.A.and Drescher program; JLMC Professional Development Grant Status

Updates?

7. Update on system of promotion for lectures

Updates?
8. Performance programs and evaluations

Progress update and concerns; timeliness and its consequence to evaluation, promotion and salary increase requests; conformity of performance program to A-28 requirements

9. Authority in positions and committees

A dialogue is requested on over-reaching of authority in positions and/or committees including but not exclusively, information pertaining to terms and conditions of employment being given to members by someone other than HR who is the official designee for such matters. Such over-reaching has jeopardized contractual rights for members.

10. Start up N.Y.

Has a plan been developed? Are any businesses currently submitted for review or anticipated in the near future?

11.Deficit Reduction Leave Payout

Have the payments been approved and sent? Upon separation from service the DRL should be paid without delay

12.Uncompensated Instruction

The Chapter has been alerted that faculty members are being asked/encouraged/”demanded” to cover courses previously taught by adjuncts. The adjunct hiring is reported to have been significantly reduced if not eliminated entirely across campus.

Members must be compensated for the work they are employed to provide. Instruction is the basic work for faculty and thus must not be demanded, coerced, or “requested” to be performed for free to meet the operational needs of the College.

13. Information Requested Under Article 17

Documents requested have not been received. Explanation of the delayed response and delivery of the documents is requested.

14. Status of Sabbatical funding for the 2015-2016 academic year and application deadline; please provide a list of the current sabbaticals by name and including the department, length of leave and compensation for the leave.

15. Bulletin Boards
One bulletin board in each department as described in Article 13 of the contract should be available for U.U.P. to post notices. Does the college maintain a record of
the total bulletin boards available for posting U.U.P. notices and their locations?

Chapter Meeting Notes

Notes chapter meeting September 18 2014

Chapter president opened the meeting with a brief review of some of the goals for this year.

Those goals being:

  1. Top priority is chapter building starting with area representative structure

-The areas have been split into 10 sites each site will hold a meeting to recruit volunteers and educate members.

-There will be 5 site meetings per semester.

- A key element of chapter building is timely, open communication amongst the Chapter leaders so that issues can be assessed and addressed.

  1. The second goal is to complete the Joint Labor Management project of producing a guide for professionals.

- The project is now with the LRS for insertion of relevant contract articles and policy references

  1. The third goal is to complete the Joint Labor Management project of a system for promotion for lecturers.

- The committee has been formed and must now meet to begin developing a proposal

  1. The next goal is to improve communication via the Chapter website.

- Please share any campus events or concerns that you are aware of with John Cote.

  1. The meeting then moved to open discussion of new issues. Some new issues which were presented by attendees are:
  2. notice from Extended Education to long serving faculty that stipends will not be paid for those travel courses; suggestion that fees to students be increased to cover the former stipends
  3. salary level of Potsdam academics members request that salaries of administrators be sent to membership.
  4. It was also suggested that the chapter hold a meeting and invite the president and HR Director to discuss the issue
  5. new policy of no full time adjuncts

CHAPTER MEETING SEPT. 18 2014

Our first full Chapter meeting of the fall term is coming up fast. Please join us in Thatcher Hall on 9-18 from 3;30 – 5:30 for food drink and discussion.

John Cote’

Acting President

Drescher Program Deadlines

The attached document provides the deadlines for the Drescher Leave Program for the rest of the contract period. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, since I serve on the joint Labor-Management Committee associated with this program.

 

Drescher Program Deadlines

Laura Rhoads
rhoadsls@potsdam.edu
X2260

Chapter Meeting and Luncheon: Note Date is May 9th!

Join us on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 12:00 in the second floor dining room of Thatcher Hall for an end of semester chapter meeting and luncheon. In addition, we will recognize all of our Potsdam students who have submitted their applications for the UUP Scholarship for the 2014 program. Please RSVP to uup@potsdam.edu or call X3177.

Chapter Meeting February 14th

There will be a chapter meeting this Friday, February 14th, from 12:00-1:30PM in Thatcher Hall, 2nd floor dining area. Jamie Dangler, statewide Vice President for Academics, will be our special guest. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the meeting. Jamie will be talking about Open SUNY and Teacher Education, and a chapter budget for 2014-15 will be presented for approval by the membership.

VPA Jamie Dangler

The draft of the chapter budget can be downloaded as an excel file: UUP Budget 2014-2015

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