WVMFT Executive Board Minutes 5/19/2017

Mission College, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Agenda posted
Topic Time Minutes/Description

WVMFT Executive Board Meeting Notes
May 19, 2017
Mission College, GC 303, 3:00-5:00
Name Role/Representing...
Sara Tomlinson Mission Associate Rep P
Kathy Haven WV Associate Rep P
Diane Lamkin Treasurer P
Mel Pritchard VP P
Jory Segal Secretary P
Ann Marie Wasserbauer President P
Kate Disney Faculty member, Mission

1. Call to Order - The meeting was called to order at 3:10pm.

2. Approval of the Agenda - The agenda was approved with additions. (Tomlinson/Haven, Approved 6-0-0)

3. Approval of the Minutes - The minutes for 5/5/19 were approved (Executive Board section only)     
Pritchard/Lamkin, Approved 6-0-0)

4. Oral Communications – None

5. Reports and Announcements:

President’s Report
Fact Finder’s Recommendations
The Fact Finder’s Recommendations were delivered to the union and District on the morning of May 9, 2017 at the same time Ann Marie was meeting with CFT Field Representative Daryl Hemenway. The recommendations and a message were sent out to all members via Action Network by 4:20pm the same day. Members were notified of the informational meetings to be held the next two days.

Informational Meetings
Informational meetings for members were conducted at WVC and MC, 4:30-6:00 on Wed., May 10 and Thurs., May 11. Approximately 50 members attended. Each informational meeting included a detailed review of the recommendations and discussion of next steps for the union.  The ideas included a survey of all faculty to inform and get opinions from faculty not present at the meetings.

Survey of Faculty
On Sunday, May 14, 2017 a survey was sent to all members (using Survey Monkey to all faculty emails in the database).  The survey included the exact wording of the recommendations and a 1-5 scale from “very satisfied” to “very dissatisfied” and place for comments.  In addition, there was a section on “next steps” for faculty to choose what actions they were willing to take.  By Thursday, May 18, 4:00pm, 158 members had taken the survey.  The survey results were compiled and sent to all the incoming and outgoing Executive Board members for review.

Unit Clarification - inclusion of instructors who teach non-credit classes
On May 10, 2017, representatives for the union and the District at Contract Administration signed a unit clarification agreement that recognizes that all instructors who teach non-credit classes are part of the bargaining unit, WVMFT. There was discussion over where to place them on the Associate Faculty Salary Schedule but no agreement as yet. The next meeting is on May 24, 2017.

Meetings with Board Members
On Wed., May 17, Ann Marie met with Trustee Randi Kinman to talk about ways in which the faculty and trustees can communicate more often.  Ann Marie showed Randi the comparison data on PT benefits, explained the 50% Law regarding expenditures on instruction, the community college 75%-25% goals, and informed her about use of conference funds.   A meeting with another trustee, Trustee Jack Lucas is scheduled for Monday, May 22, at 3:30. 

Executive Director - Update on applicant screening
We have received 4 applications to the advertisement for our Executive Director position on UnionJobs.com since May 4.  Two applicants have had experience as executive directors. One applicant has agreed to a phone interview on Saturday, May 20.  The other declined, stating she did not want to relocate from Maryland.  Another application from a candidate in California is expected this weekend.

Treasurer’s Report
Discussion occurred about the necessity of completing the Hudson Reports for Union members with release time.  Executive Board members are required to report the % of their time that is devoted to political activity.
Diane Lamkin presented the Treasurer’s Report for 4/2017.  The audit report was mailed to AFT, Washington D.C.  AFT 6554 Received extra dues of $1876.12 from 4/30/17 paychecks for strike fund.  Union release time was discussed.  If you request a check, you are paid at the step you are on the Associate’s Salary Schedule.  Alternatively, Executive Board members may choose to take release time as load.
6. Discussion Items
Fact Finder’s Report
The elimination of Division Chairs will occur by end of Fall 2017.  There was discussion about the importance of retaining the right to schedule classes at the Dept. level.  Discussion about whether the Negotiators and Executive Board will recommend ratification of the contract.  If faculty are not willing to strike, it is important to accept the contract.  The Board reviewed the comments submitted by the faculty.  If we ratify, we get $$ in people’s pockets right away.  Discussion occurred about how Associates are being mistreated by the contract. 
Recognition of Non-Credit Faculty
An agreement between AFT 6554 and the District was reached to recognize non-credit faculty as part of the bargaining unit.  The next meeting with the District is 5/24/17 and discussions will continue on how to pay non-credit faculty. Ann Marie, Daryl & Jory will be there to represent AFT 6554.

Questions for the Phone Interviews for Executive Director Candidates
1.  How did you become interested in organized labor?
2. What experience do you have with community college faculty?
3. Please give examples of organizing efforts that you have worked on, and highlight what your role was in these organizing activities.
4. What is your experience in handling grievances?
5. How would you lead our negotiations team to reach satisfactory agreements with a district that has been hostile, often declares impasse early in negotiations and has generally not negotiated in good faith?
7. Action Items: None

8. Future Agenda Items:

A. Strike Fund, when should it the contributions end?
B. TB testing
C. Release time instead of payment for Associate Exec Board members, if they choose
E. Schedule Fall Meeting Dates
F. Plan meetings