| Judy Solano passed the gavel
to Kathy Cohen while Judy discussed the resolution.
Judy Solano said the effect of the resolution is not to compel the
union to change their work, but to offer feedback to the union about
faculty feelings on the issue, and to communicate to administrators
the faculty position. Judy urged faculty to communicate directly
with the union team. The resolution has two parts, involving Faculty
Association and promotion and tenure. The Faculty Association functions
independently of collective bargaining, but it has been pulled into
the contract language. The intentions are good in protecting faculty
rights. An unintended consequence may be to make the Association
more vulnerable and weaker, because we will not be independent of
bargaining. There has been no past indication that administration
wanted to pull funding for the Association; they have been generous.
If we become part of the contract, then administrators may suggest
that the union should support our activities. We need two strong
faculty bodies to represent us.
Promotion and tenure procedures have been developed by the Faculty
Association over the years, and that is one example of a procedure
developed to implement rights and programs won by the union. Colleges
and departments have also developed specific policies related to
terms of employment. The union speaks on our behalf on terms and
conditions of employment, and the tradition has been that the Faculty
Association not interfere.
As a consequence Judy moved to strike part B of the resolution,
and the motion was seconded.
Steve Shapiro said the contract language related to promotion
and tenure is different from the policies decided by faculty in
Tayeb Giuma said the union never intended to weaken the role
of the Faculty Association. In the past, grievances could not
touch handbook issues.
Pat Plumlee asked what we are voting on.
Steve Shapiro said we are voting on the amended resolution.
Kathy Brown moved that we strike "neither."
Chip Klostermeyer said if promotion and tenure is part of the
contract, and the Faculty Association wishes to change the process,
will we only be able to do it via the union on its schedule?
Cheryl Frohlich said yes, changes will have to be voted by two-thirds
of the faculty to make a change in the contract. The Faculty Association
would still begin the process of change, without administration
approval as it is written now.
Shira Schwam-Baird said the department and college criteria will
not be changed, and bylaws can't be inconsistent with the contract.
Changes would be added to the contract after two-thirds of the
faculty approved. The current language is vague. The promotion
and tenure process should be faculty driven. The union wants to
protect the language and make it grievable.
Henry Thomas asked what two-thirds of the faculty means.
Cheryl Frohlich said two-thirds of the permanent faculty would
need to vote to approve a change and make it enforceable.
Stan Swart said the promotion and tenure processes in the contract
would become enforceable.
A motion was made to extend time, it was seconded and passed.
Pat Plumlee asked whether we will vote first on the amendment,
and then on the resolution.
A.J. Adewale asked whether inclusion in the contract precludes
Judy Solano said we are deciding whether to include promotion
and tenure in the resolution, since we have not interfered in
negotiating over terms and conditions of employment.
Ellie Schierer said "not" needs to be added.
Stan Swart asked for a vote on the amendment.
The motion to call the question was passed. The amendment passed.
Stan Swart said the Faculty Association is an administrative
agency, funded by administration, and inclusion in the contract
gives it different status. In the past the administration has
not taken action against the Faculty Association, as has happened
at other places.
Shira Schwam-Baird said the union protects faculty rights whether
or not they are under assault. We have collegial shared governance,
and the union wants to make sure the Faculty Association cannot
be dissolved by administration. The Faculty Association does not
become a bargaining chip.
Joyce Jones said she doesn't know that insertion of the Faculty
Association into the contract protects us. It could still be abolished
by administration during negotiations.
Shira Schwam-Baird said that would be a breach of contract, and
the article says the Faculty Association shall not be abolished.
Cheryl Frohlich said the team is working well together and wants
to protect the good working relationships here. The Faculty Association
could be abolished by faculty under the new article.
Wanda Hedrick asked for Judy to list her cautions on the article.
Judy Solano said the Faculty Association is not an agent of the
administration. There is a good relationship. Her concern is that
if we become part of the contract then a less friendly administration
will say the Faculty Association is no longer in the discussion
but faculty issues will be dealt with via the union only. The
devolution of university governance at the state level has brought
about talking in the state about the union acting as spokesman
for faculty, and Faculty Association has no voice.
Kathy Cohen asked for the vote. The motion
passed, as amended.
Be it hereby resolved. The Faculty Association takes the position
neither a) the existence or role of the Faculty
Association (proposed Article 5) nor b) the promotion and
tenure guidelines (proposed Article 14) should not
be included in the University of North Florida United Faculty
of Florida contract.