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:
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
7. Update on system of promotion for lectures
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
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?