April 26, 2017

AAUP Update: Welcome Back!

November 2015 AAUP Update to the faculty

From Harry N. Zarin-G Counselor,  AAUP Chapter President

Welcome back:

During Professional Week in August we held a very informative Chapter membership meeting.  This meeting gave those in attendance an opportunity to ask the members of the Executive Committee questions, to voice their opinion on a variety of topics, and to hear some of the latest happenings of the Chapter.  We on the Executive Committee look forward to these membership meetings and hope that in the future more of you will attend and so that your voices can be heard.  Our next Chapter meeting will occur during professional week in January.

As I stated at the membership meeting we all owe a debt of thanks to Dr. Pollard, the Board of Trustees, the County Council, and the State Legislature for all of their support during last year’s budget deliberations.  This support led to all of us receiving a raise at a time when many other local colleges and universities were not able to offer increases in salary to their employees.  Dr. Pollard stated on many occasions that providing us with an increase in salary was one of her top priorities and we are all thankful that our elected officials agreed with her.  Last year we completed the negotiation of a 9 year contract which included raises for a three year period of time.  We can only hope that the economy will improve so that we will all benefit from these negotiated increases.

I am also pleased to report that, despite the hiring freeze, all full time faculty positions were filled by the start of the current academic year with the exception of a couple of positions where the search failed.  Hopefully these positions will be filled after future search committees complete their work.  Also, additional ESH was given to TP/SS and Germantown for tutoring ESH in our learning Centers and additional funds were allocated to TP/SS to upgrade their science equipment and supplies.  We are grateful to Sanjay Rai for his support of our learning centers and the full time faculty.

Prior to the official start of the semester I had an opportunity to speak with our new full- time faculty at the New Faculty Orientation.  During that meeting many of these faculty members joined the Chapter and some are now service fee payees.  Those faculty who did not make a decision on this issue will be contacted by me in January and at that time they will be required to make a decision on this issue.

Semester and Academic Year ESH Limits:

If you are planning on teaching a winter session class, please remember that winter session ESH is part of your spring load.  It is also important for you to remember that you are allowed to work a maximum of 20 ESH in any academic semester and 36 ESH in any academic year, August-May.    

Elimination of the 4th Year Evaluation:

When negotiations concluded in 2010 an agreement was reached with management to eliminate the required 4th year evaluation, however, this provision was never incorporated into either the printed or on-line version of the contract.  I am pleased to report that after a few brief discussions with representatives from management and the College’s attorney we were able to agree on a side letter that essentially incorporates what was previously agreed to into our contract.  A copy of that side letter will be posted to the documents section of the Chapter website.  How does this impact our newer faculty members?  All full-time faculty are evaluated during each of their first three years of employment at Montgomery College and are then appointed to a three-year contract.  Their next evaluation will be during the second year of the three-year contract, their 5th year of employment.

Extended Winter Term:

I mentioned at our opening meeting that the Academic Affairs Division was considering offering an extended winter session that would begin in December and continue until the end of the regularly schedule winter classes.  The idea allows for more teaching time, which is a good thing, but it also requires teaching during a period of time when the college is officially closed.  Only distance learning classes would be offered during this extended winter session.  For a variety of reasons the Academic Affairs Division has decided to delay the implementation of the extended winter session until next year.

Distance Learning Side Letter: 

It is important for all of you to know that a new distance learning side letter is now in effect.  The current side letter is in effect from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2018. During last year’s negotiations a sub-committee met and recommended that some changes be made to the previous side letter.  These changes were accepted by both management and the Chapter and they were incorporated into the new side letter.  The new side letter has been posted to the Chapter documents section of the Chapter’s website.  If you currently teach distance learning classes of any kind or are considering teaching or creating a class with a distance learning component, I strongly encourage you to read this side letter.

New Office Hour Requirements:

Perhaps the one issue that the Chapter has had to deal with this semester more than any other is the change to the office hour requirements.  As stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement on p. 14, “During an academic year, with the approval of days and location by Management, instructional faculty shall post and maintain either (a) five in-office hours per week or (b) four in-office hours per week and two additional hours online or in an alternative location per week, for student consultation.”  This wording seems fairly straight forward but for some reason there was much confusion earlier in the semester about this provision of the contract by both the faculty and the Deans/Chairs.  If you are being asked to do anything other than what I just quoted, please contact myself or Tim Kirkner.  We will be glad to talk privately with you about your particular concerns.  Please remember that for purposes of scheduling office hours and hour is a 60 minute period of time.

Important Benefits Information from our Benefits Office:

Montgomery College’s benefits open enrollment period is a chance for you to enroll in or change your coverage in any benefit plans offered by Montgomery College.  Open Enrollment will take place from October 26, 2015 through November 20, 2015.  This year, the college has implemented a new benefits system called Benelogic.  All benefit eligible employees are required to go into the new online system to confirm benefits and information (dates of birth and SSN’s) on covered dependents.  Even if you are not changing your benefits selections, the Affordable Care Act requires confirmation of information to ensure compliance on 2015 tax returns.  All benefit eligible employees must take action by going online to select benefits they are interested in for a January 1, 2016 start date.  All Benelogic benefit selections need to be completed in the Benelogic system by November 20, 2015.

HR Benefits is also offering an incentive!  For Cigna participants, the first 100 employees to complete their Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and Benelogic update get a $50 Visa Gift card (taxable benefit).  For Kaiser participants, all employees who complete their HRA and Benelogic update will be entered in a raffle to win a bike, Fitbit, or Juicer.

For Cigna, log on to: https://my.cigna.com/web/public/guest

For Kaiser, log on to: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health/care/consumer/my-health-manager

Topics to be Covered in the Next Chapter Update:

Advancement in Faculty Rank

AAUP Update: Lobbying Efforts with the County Council

The County Council will make final decisions about the county’s budget, including decisions regarding funding for the College, next week on May 14th.  Now is the time for you to help yourself and your fellow colleagues by communicating with the President of the County Council, George Leventhal, at councilmember.leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov.  At your earliest convenience please send an e-mail to the Council President share with the Council stories of your good work with our students and ask the Council to support the faculty and to keep tuition affordable.

Please communicate from a private email account and be sure to provide your home address or name the campus at which you teach.  Your immediate action is necessary.

Thank you!

PS  You can watch the recent Council discussion of the College’s budget here http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=&clip_id=9393&meta_id=82824   And, despite the overall positive comments of the Council members, your immediate action is necessary to be sure next week’s vote goes our way.

Your Chapter leadership will be participating in this lobbying endeavor by personally calling Councilmen Leventhal and speaking to him on behalf of the faculty.

Thank you for all of the work you did this year with our students and for participating in this lobbying effort.

Harry N. Zarin, Professor/Counselor
President-AAUP
Montgomery College

AAUP Update: Chapter Website

Colleagues:

Please take a few minutes to check out the most recent updates that have been posted to the AAUP Chapter webpage.  One update relates to lobbying for funding from the County Council and the other relates our annual call for nominations for next year’s AAUP Executive Committee and the voting process we will use for this year’s elections.  You may access the Chapter website at www.mcaaup.org.

You may also review the full collective bargaining agreement, an executive summary of the agreements that we reached during negotiations, and the testimony I gave last month in front of the County Council by clicking on the Chapter Documents link on the Chapter’s homepage.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our end of year meeting on Tuesday May 19th at the Rockville Campus.

Harry Z.

Harry N. Zarin, Professor/Counselor
President-AAUP
Montgomery College

AAUP Update: 2015 Chapter Nominations/Elections

In a few weeks, the semester will end, and we will again hold our year-end meeting and annual election of Chapter Officers. During the elections process, if you are a dues-paying member of the Chapter, you will have an opportunity to vote for our Chapter President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one Vice President from your home campus. If you are interested in running for office or wish to nominate another Chapter member for one of these positions, please contact Julie Levinson, Counseling-TP/SS, at 240-567-5076 or by e-mail at julie.levinson@montgomerycollege.edu. Julie has agreed to Chair our Nominations Committee. All nominations must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, May 11.

For the first time, the Chapter will hold both online and on campus voting during our elections process.
Online voting will begin on Tuesday, May 12, and will end at midnight on Sunday, May 17.

The year-end meeting will take place at the Rockville Campus in the PAC on Tuesday, May 19, at 10:45am. At the year-end meeting, all eligible dues-paying members who did not vote online will be allowed to vote in-person. All votes will be totaled, and the officers for the 2015-2016 academic year will be announced at our year-end meeting.

Please plan on attending this important meeting and on voting for our Chapter Officers.

Harry N. Zarin, Professor/Counselor
President-AAUP

 

AAUP Update: Lobbying for Funding

Colleagues:

The Administration has provided us with information on the process that is followed in order for the College to obtain funding from the County.  Several weeks ago members of the college community (myself, staff, BOT representatives, and students) spoke in front of the full Council on behalf of the college.  Our testimony is part a major effort to help convince the  County Council to support the BOT recommended budget request which is about 15 million dollars over last year’s budget.  Approximately 11 million dollars of this request is needed to cover contractually negotiated increases in our salaries.  The County Executive recommended that the college receive 3 million dollars over last year’s budget.  It was recently reported in the Gazette that the full Council is recommending the college’s funding include an 11 million dollar increase over last year’s budget in order to assist the college in paying for contractually negotiated pay raises and keep the tuition increase for our students at a reasonable level.  The BOT recently voted to increase student tuition by $3.00 for in county residents, $6.00 for in-state residents, and $9.00 for out of state residents.

The County Council will now attempt to meet the needs of all of the county funded agencies by reconciling the entire county budget and our budget is on this reconciliation list.   It is very important that the full time faculty participate in the lobbying efforts that are currently underway.  Attached are the names and e-mail addresses of the County Council President and the Chair of the Education Committee.  Please consider sending an e-mail to each stating who you are, your home address, brief information about your career at MC, the impact your work has had on the lives of our students, and a few lines about some of your memorable successful students.  We have all had a positive impact on the lives of many students and now is the time to toot your horn and possibly help sway the County to provide us with the dollars we have requested.

George Leventhal
Council President
240-777-7811
Councilmember.leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov

Craig Rice
Chair, Education Committee
240-777-7955
Councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov

Below are the names of all of the members of the County Council.  You may also send each of them a copy of the same e-mail.

Roger Berliner (Bethesda & Potomac area) Tom Hucker (Silver Spring-Takoma Park-Burtonsville area) Sidney Katz (Rockville-Gaithersburg area) Nancy Navarro (Wheaton-Olney-Laytonsville area) Craig Rice (Germantown area) Marc Elrich (at large) Nancy Floreen (at large) George Leventhal (at large) Hans Riemer (at large)

Thank you,

Harry Z.

 

AAUP Update: Testimony to County Council

Harry N. Zarin, President
American Association of University Professors
Montgomery College Chapter

Operating Budget Testimony
April 15, 2015

Members of the County Council:

My name is Harry Zarin.  I am a Professor and Counselor at the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College.  I am here today in my role as the President of the Montgomery College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, AAUP.  I am here to ask that you fully support and fund the College’s proposed operating budget that includes funding for contractually negotiated raises for our faculty.

Twenty two years ago I came to MC after having worked at two different local universities in several different roles. At the time I had no idea that my job would place me in a position where I would play such an important role in the lives of our students. Faculty counselors at Montgomery College provide our students with a tremendous amount of direction and advice which helps prepare them to become better students, to graduate, and in many cases, to transfer on to 4-year universities and work on receiving their Bachelor’s degree.

We as a faculty have been given the privilege of helping to shape and change the lives of thousands of students and this is a privilege that we take very seriously.  We are a creative and accomplished faculty, a faculty who have earned advanced degrees, published papers, written books, and have designed new and innovative ways of teaching courses. We need to do this because every day we work with students with varying learning styles and difficulties.

Imagine being a computer science teacher and trying to keep up with changes in your field.  Imagine you are teaching in our nursing program and you have to keep up with the ever changing field of medicine or being a history teacher with a moving target as a subject you are required to teach.  Below are a few examples of some of the accomplishments of our faculty.

  • Professor Loir Kelman, Biotechnology, co-authored an article for the Annual Review of Genetics on Archaeal DNA replication.
  • Professor Nathan Zook, Political Science, took a delegation of students to represent Argentina at the National Model United Nations conference last November in Washington, D.C.
  • Professor Robert Giron, American English Language Program, is the Editor in Chief of the Sligo Journal. This compilation of works, mostly by MC students, won the 2015 Florida Book Festival award for Compilations and Anthologies.
  • Professor Roger Coleman, Music, is writing an e-book while on his sabbatical on music theory.  This book will be offered free to students as part of an Open Educational Resource program.
  • Professor Swift Dickinson, English, took a group of student and faculty to Cuba for a 10 day study abroad program and he has presented on Caribbean Literature at several international conferences on this topic.
  • For the eighth time in 11 years–and the sixth consecutive year– a Montgomery College professor has been named Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Mary Furgol, a history professor, received the honor in 2003. In 2006, Joan Naake, an English professor, won the award. In 2009, the award went to Chemistry Professor Susan Bontems, followed by Dr. Deborah Stearns, a psychology professor; Music Professor Dawn Avery; Math Professor John Hamman and English Professor Dr. Greg Wahl, respectively.  Most recently KenYatta Rogers, a professor of theatre, received this award.  Since 2000, Rogers has taught classes at Montgomery College in voice and diction, movement for the performer and fundamentals of acting. As a professional actor, Rogers has garnered three Helen Hayes Award nominations for his stage performances. He has more than 50 film, television, radio and voice over credits including the National Endowment for the Arts’ The Big Read series and PBS’ Standard Deviants.

Our students are wonderful to work with and here are some relevant statistics.

  • Over 25,000 students were enrolled at Montgomery College this past semester. That’s more than many 4-year universities have at their institutions.
  • 535 high school students took a MC course this past fall.
  • 5,242 graduates or students who earned 12 or more credits transferred from MC last year to a four year institution.
  • 70% of all students who transferred from MC went on to attend a University System of Maryland institution.

Our students come from various backgrounds and over 100 countries.  They have seen or been in combat, have lived in communities that were ravaged by war, are the first in their families to attend college, are looking for a second chance, and are looking for an economical way to begin their college education.

Our students come with the potential for an enriched life, a life that will serve both self and community.  But their potential can flourish only within the context of opportunity, and it is within our classrooms and offices that these opportunities exist.

Students such as Joanna, came to Montgomery College several years ago with tremendous doubts about her ability to attend college much less actually graduate.  As a student with a severe vision problem she needed to learn how to learn in a college environment with technology that she had never touched.  Through the combined efforts of our Disability Support Services Offices, our creative faculty, and Joanna’s intense motivation to succeed, she earned an Associate’s of Applied Teaching degree in Elementary Education at Montgomery College and then transferred to Towson University’s Elementary Education program at the Universities at Shady Grove.  There Joanna continued her higher education journey and in May of 2014 she graduated with a 4.0 g.p.a., dually certified in elementary education and special education and she is now a 5th grade teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System.  Joanna was also given the honor of being selected as the graduation speaker for the entire Universities of Shady Grove at the May 2014 graduation ceremony.

A group of Montgomery College honors students attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference in Gettysburg, Penn., April 9-11, which showcases the work of honors students from both two and four year colleges from Maine to Washington, D.C. Jonelle Bowen, Emily Christian, Shannon Freed, and Michael Kissiedu represented three of the college’s honors programs; General Honors, Renaissance Scholars, and Montgomery Scholars Program. Their presentation “Honors Student Researchers – Allies in the Campaign to Modernize the College Library” described and explained Montgomery College Libraries’ initiative to improve and modernize by using anthropology (visit http://libguides.montgomerycollege.edu/ethnographic?

Matthew came to Montgomery College after experiencing a difficult childhood and floundering academically.  He was mentored by several faculty members, was accepted into our Renaissance Scholars Program and began to flourish as a student.  He then attended and graduated with honors from St. Mary’s of Maryland as a history major.  He studied history while residing in Germany, applied to and was accepted to Middlebury College’s exclusive language program, and later studied Russian in Kiev, Ukraine. He was recently accepted to study history at Oxford University in England.

Montgomery College is the communities college and I hope the information I have given you will help to convince you to find a way to support the needs of the college as presented in the college’s proposed operating budget.

On behalf of the faculty I am asking for full funding of the requested budget in order to pay for contractually negotiated increases in salary for the faculty.  We did our fair share during the down turn in the economy by graciously accepting no increases in salary for several years and taking required furlough days.  We need you all to do your part to assist the college in delivering excellence inside and outside the classroom by funding compensation and the much needed student success programs proposed in its budget request.

On behalf of the faculty of Montgomery College I thank you for your time and continued support.

 

AAUP Action Item – 4/15/15

As the President of our Chapter, I have been asked to represent the faculty at the County Council hearings on Wednesday, April 15th, at 7:00pm in the 3rd floor hearing room at the County Council building. It is very important that as many faculty and employees as possible attend these hearing. We want to pack the house as a way of demonstrating our sincere interest in the college and showing the County Council that we support the mission of the college and the success of our students. Your AAUP Executive Committee would appreciate it if you would mark your calendar and plan on taking some time out of your day to attend these hearings.

In order to assist me in writing my testimony, I am soliciting your assistance. I would like to highlight the accomplishments of some of our faculty and students in my 3-minute testimony. Yes, I said 3-minute testimony; this is all the time each of us are given when we testify in front of the full Council. I would appreciate it if you would send me bulleted highlights of some of your accomplishments from this year and success stories of some of your students. If you wrote a book, published an article, received an award, have been elected to hold office in a professional association, or have been selected to serve on a special committee, please send me a brief e-mail. At the same time I would ask you to send me some student success stories. The Council always enjoys hearing about our students.

AAUP Update: Newsletter, April 2015

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April 2015 Newsletter

Update from Harry N. Zarin, G Counseling, Chapter President

Contract/Negotiations:

At our spring meeting in January, we updated those in attendance on the progress we were making in negotiations. Shortly after that meeting, we posted a summary of the tentative agreements that were reached in the Chapter Documents section of the Chapter website, and on February 13th, we conducted our first ever electronic vote on the agreements. By an overwhelming majority, the agreement was ratified by the membership. I am pleased to report that on the evening of March 23rd the Board of Trustees voted to ratify the agreement. We are very thankful to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Pollard, the members of Management’s Negotiating Team, Dr. Janet Wormack, and Dr. Sanjay Rai for their support and efforts towards bring this year’s negotiations to a successful conclusion.

We believe we made some very important progress with these agreements that will benefit our membership. We successfully negotiated a 9-year contract, which included increases in salary for the next three years, increases in EAP for the next three years, and additional pay for days worked over 195 in any academic year. Additional protection was negotiated with the inclusion of final and binding arbitration for grievances, which also includes discipline and discharge situations.

Please refer to the Executive Summary of the tentative agreements in the Chapter Documents for additional information on these and other important agreements that were reached. Also, for your reading pleasure, the entire new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been posted in the above-mentioned section of the Chapter website.

We all owe our Negotiating Team and Executive Committee a tremendous debt of thanks for the numerous hours spent both in committee meetings and at the negotiating table. Also, Rose Sachs, our past President and retired counselor, deserves and big thank you for her time and efforts spent in many meetings as our hired consultant. David Kelly, the Chapter’s attorney, also deserves our thanks for his superb guidance and support throughout this entire process.

Budgetary Issues and Testimony:

The Board of Trustees annually submits a proposed operating budget to the County Executive, and the County Executive then makes a budget recommendation to the full Council and the College. This year, the BOT proposed an operating budget that was approximately $15 million higher than last year’s budget. This included $11.8 million to cover negotiated increases in the costs of employee compensation and benefits and additional funds to cover the costs of several important student success initiatives. The County Executive recommended an increase of only $3 million over last year’s budget, and in his proposal, he asked that the College make up the difference, by among other things, severely increasing our tuition rates. The College is now lobbying members of the County Council and asking them to restore as much as they can to our operating budget so that our negotiated increases in salary and student success programs can be funded.

As the President of our Chapter, I have been asked to represent the faculty at the County Council hearings on Wednesday, April 15th, at 7:00pm in the 3rd floor hearing room at the County Council building. It is very important that as many faculty and employees as possible attend these hearing. We want to pack the house as a way of demonstrating our sincere interest in the college and showing the County Council that we support the mission of the college and the success of our students. Your AAUP Executive Committee would appreciate it if you would mark your calendar and plan on taking some time out of your day to attend these hearings.

In order to assist me in writing my testimony, I am soliciting your assistance. I would like to highlight the accomplishments of some of our faculty and students in my 3-minute testimony. Yes, I said 3-minute testimony; this is all the time each of us are given when we testify in front of the full Council. I would appreciate it if you would send me bulleted highlights of some of your accomplishments from this year and success stories of some of your students. If you wrote a book, published an article, received an award, have been elected to hold office in a professional association, or have been selected to serve on a special committee, please send me a brief e-mail. At the same time I would ask you to send me some student success stories. The Council always enjoys hearing about our students.

Contractual Obligations:

In our December newsletter, I mentioned a few very important contractual obligations that all of you need to be aware of. One of these obligations relates to the amount of ESH you are required to work in an academic year and the amount of ESH you may earn in a given semester or a given academic year. Each faculty member is required to work at least 30 ESH each academic year, may not work more than 20 ESH in any given semester, and may not work more than 36 ESH in any given academic year. It is very important that all of you know that winter session ESH is part of your spring load. Exceptions to these limitations are given in very rare and exceptional circumstances and must be requested in advance of a given semester. It is the responsibility of both management and the individual faculty member to know these contractual limits. During the current academic year, mistakes were made by both management and faculty, which resulted in several violations of the established ESH limits. In order to reduce the negative impact on students, the Chapter agreed to allow the overages to occur. Next year, the Chapter will be taking a very hard line towards granting exceptions to the ESH limits stated in the contract. Please plan accordingly and make sure you communicate with your Chair with regards to both your teaching and non-teaching ESH and remember winter session ESH is part of your spring ESH load.

Obligation to Join the Chapter or Pay a Service Fee:

This is a reminder to all full-time bargaining unit faculty members who are completing their first semester of employment at the College. Each of you has an important decision to make. Based on Article 7.7 Modified Agency Shop:

“…any faculty member hired into a bargaining unit position shall, by the conclusion of his or her initial semester of employment, be required to have dues deducted pursuant to Section 7.2 (A) or pay a service fee established by the Chapter as compensation for the representational services rendered.”

If you are a newly-hired faculty member and have not already joined the Chapter or submitted an application to the Chapter indicating that you are agreeing to pay a service fee, you must complete an authorization for dues/service fee deduction form and submit the form to Bill Talbot, (R) Accounting and Chapter Treasurer. You may access this form from the Chapter’s website at www.mcaaup.org by simply clicking the “Join the Chapter” tab. If you have any questions about this requirement, please do not hesitate to contact any other member of the Executive Committee or me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this brief message and please plan on attending the County Council budget hearings on Wednesday, April 15th, at 7:00.

AAUP Update: February 2015

Colleagues:

In years past all AAUP voting on contractual and other related issues occurred via in-person voting.  This year the Executive Committee explored the option of offering voting via an on line format.  Advances in technology have allowed this more convenient way of voting to be available to us.  We feel that this method will help to encourage a larger number of members to vote.  Thanks to Julie Levinson, counselor TP/SS, yesterday’s test vote was successful and we are now ready to proceed with an actual vote on the ratification of the tentative agreements that we reached with management.

Later this morning eligible dues paying members of the bargaining unit will receive an e-mail inviting them to vote on the ratification of the tentative agreements we reached with management.  This invite is not a test, it is the real deal.  Voting will remain open until 3:00pm on Friday, February 13.  Chairs, although they still hold faculty rank, are not part of the bargaining unit and therefore are not allowed to vote.  Service fee payees are not allowed to vote therefore you will not receive an invite to do so.  All votes from yesterday’s test vote have been deleted, so if you voted yesterday you will need to vote again today.

Yesterday we posted an executive summary of the agreements to the Chapter documents section of our website, www.mcaaup.org, for you review.  We encourage you to review this document prior to voting on the agreements.

The Executive Committee would appreciate it if you would take a moment to vote on this important agreement.  We would also like to extend our thanks to the members of our negotiating team, Bill Talbot, Michael Gurevitz, Sharon Piper, Rick Penn, Kathryn Woodhouse, and Tammy Peery.  A special thanks also is extended to our consultant and former MC employee Rose Sachs and the Chapter’s attorney, David Kelly.  We would also like to thank the members of the management team for their dedication in helping the process of negotiations move forward and come to a successful conclusion.

On behalf of the Chapter,

Harry Zarin, Counselor and Chapter President

AAUP Update: Newsletter, December 2014

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December 2014 Newsletter

Update from Harry N. Zarin, G Counseling, Chapter President

Opening meeting:

The spring 2015 open meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 20th at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, in the in the Cultural Arts Center.

Our full faculty meeting is scheduled to begin around 10:30 after morning speakers, including Dr. Pollard, and should run until about 12:00 p.m. .

Please attend this meeting. The Union’s Executive Committee will update you on Chapter affairs and on the progress of negotiations which, this year, cover all aspects of our contract. We look forward to your feedback. Please come and talk to us.

Negotiations:

In the November newsletter, I mentioned that progress had been made in negotiations, that the teams were meeting, and that we were all interested in coming to an agreement as soon as possible.

The Union and Administrators have met several times during the course of the fall semester and have made progress, reaching several tentative agreements on a variety of monetary and non-monetary issues. A break in the negotiations occurred in November while several members of the management team went on the County-sponsored trip to India.

The teams will meet again on Friday, December 12th and will continue to work on resolving several important issues, including general wage adjustments.

I am sure that many of you read the December 5th memorandum from Dr. Janet Wormack, Sr. Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Services, about the FY’16 budget progress and fiscal update. I can assure you that we are all very aware of the fiscal situation in the state and the county.

We will be working closely with management to come to an agreement on a salary package that is affordable as well as equitable, given the raises received by the other bargaining units and administrators at the College.

New Faculty: Please Join the Union:

This is a reminder to all full-time bargaining unit faculty members who are completing their first semester of employment at the College. Each of you has an important decision to make. Based on Article 7.7 Modified Agency Shop:

“…any faculty member hired into a bargaining unit position shall, by the conclusion of his or her initial semester of employment, be required to have dues deducted pursuant to Section 7.2 (A) or pay a service fee established by the Chapter as compensation for the representational services rendered.”

If you are a newly-hired faculty member and have not already joined the Chapter or submitted an application to the Chapter indicating that you are agreeing to pay a service fee, you must complete an authorization for dues/service fee deduction form and submit the form to Bill Talbot, (R) Accounting, Chapter Treasurer.

You may access this form from the Chapter’s website at www.mcaaup.org by simply clicking the “Join the Chapter” tab. If you have any questions about this requirement, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the Executive Committee.

Contractual Obligations:

All members of the Chapter should take some time to review the contract.

While this may not seem to be the most exciting thing to do during your free time it is important for each full time faculty member to be aware of your obligations as a member of the bargaining unit.

For example, are you aware that you may not work more than 20 ESH in any given semester, that you must work at least 30 ESH each academic year, that you may not work more than 36 ESH in any given academic year, or that you may request a reduced workload by submitting a request in writing to the campus Vice President/Provost? Are you aware that you may receive an increase in salary if you are awarded an advanced degree, certificate, or license in the discipline for which you were hired?

You will also note that, with regards to our pay, there is no mention of stipends in the contract.

If a member of management mentions paying you a stipend for services rendered, this is not allowed under the terms and conditions of the contract. These are only a few of the important provisions in our contract that covers the terms and conditions of our employment at Montgomery College. Please take the time to review this document.

Jon Kreissig:

Over 40 years ago Jon Kreissig joined the faculty of Montgomery College as a member of the Physical Education Department. Unfortunately Jon passed away very suddenly on Friday, November 21. He was one of the last remaining tenured faculty members at the college.

During his tenure at the College he served as a teacher of health and physical education classes and as the Germantown baseball coach. He also served as a coach of track, cross country, and football, and he served as assistant Athletic Director at the Rockville Campus for a period.

Jon was involved in many community and civic organizations, was an alderman in Frederick County, MD, for 12 years and served as a representative of the statewide Association of Faculties for Advancement of Community Teaching.

During our time together as colleagues, we worked closely together to help a number of students in his classes who were having difficulties both in classes and in life. Whenever I asked for his assistance he always replied by telling me that it was all about the students and he simply wanted to know what I needed him to do.

His dedication and service to our students will be missed.