REPORT ON LAST WEEK’S FULL HOUSE VOTES
Our Chapter’s membership meetings took place February 24 – 25, 2014.
For those of you who could not attend, I am offering a summary of the content.
1. Representatives of Human Resources were available to answer questions new adjunct faculty had about the paperwork required to be properly and completely placed in the Essex County College (ECC) system. It had come to our attention that some of our new colleagues had not yet gotten their ID cards/numbers and had not been paid.
2. Cheryle Gittens-Bailey reported on the Institution Computing Advisory Committee’s activities. The College is exploring the institution of new methods of online instruction.
3. John Smith, the Vic President of the Chapter, discussed our new membership in the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council. He also emphasized the importance of coming to the Chapter first, when faced with obstacles, before challenging ECC administration with them. He is the Grievance officer of the Chapter.
4. Mark Brodsky, the Treasurer of the Chapter, reported on the status of the number of adjunct faculty teaching this semester. He reminded the members about our reimbursement for eyeglasses. He alerted the members of a possible error in the amount of dues being deducted from paychecks, this semester. Mark, further, reminded members of the upcoming Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference in March, which will take place in Los Angeles, CA.
5. Joanna McAvoy, the AFT State Representative, discussed the preparations in progress for the upcoming contract negotiations for our next agreement with ECC. She outlined the concerns that hold a high priority for same.
6. The President’s Report included:
a. The announcement of the passing of Gail Allen, a colleague.
b. Upcoming officer elections and the need for an Election Committee.
c. Announcement of the availability of our scholarship applications for students and for adjunct faculty. In addition, the Robert G. Porter scholarship the AFT offers to members and their children who are high school children. There was a call for a Scholarship Committee.
d. Announcement of the AFT Higher Education Conference, April 11-13, 2014 in Baltimore, MD and the AFTNJ Education Conference, April 26, 2014 at the Labor Education Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
e. Appeal for written accounts of adjunct faculty members’ attempts to get unemployment insurance.
f. Update on the ACA’s 30 hour part time work limit. We reviewed the new IRS Regulations on the topic.
g. Appeal for written accounts or pictures of the difficulty faced in trying to park on campus.
There was no additional business and the meeting was adjourned.
Lynne Peterson Cummins, President of the Essex Count College Chapter of United Adjunct Faculty NJ Local 2222, Chapter 6370.
Please note that our next negotiating session is scheduled for April 4th. We intend to continue to update this message following each session.
Since this is the beginning of the process, we don’t have much to report. However, we can assure you that we are addressing your concerns at the bargaining table.
As always, thanks for your patience and support.
Your Montclair State University Adjunct Local is piloting a new benefit for members only. We are offering a stipend for members who have completed at least one graduate course at Montclair State within the 2013 calendar year. To be eligible, you need to have matriculated and be completing a higher degree or certificated program and maintaining a B average.To apply for this stipend, fill out the attached form and send it by email or regular mail to our first Vice President Mary Wallace:
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown vs. Board of Education.
Anoka-Hennepin Teacher Evaluation Revision: Update March 6, 2014
With the new state law on teacher evaluation starting next year the union and district have been busy working collaboratively towards developing a plan that can be submitted to the state. It is the goal of the committee that we come up with a plan that will not only align our current evaluation and Q-comp system with the law but will make our evaluation system effective for teacher development and user friendly for both teachers and administration.
(3/6/2017) CFE invited CFT Training Director Laura Kurre and Political Organizer Jessica Ulstad to an all-day retreat on February 28, 2014 for a strategic, union building workshop for the Executive Board. CFE is dedicated to improving union outreach by learning new ways of expanding communications.
Topics that were discussed included budgeting, outreach and communications, as well as future goals. Our focus was setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals and tactics to reach new and current members.