USofCC July update

REMINDER ABOUT NOMINATIONS DUE THIS WEEK JULY 19

Don’t forget! This summer, USofCC is conducting elections for the Executive Committee: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Communications, Grievance and Negotiations. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved, develop your leadership, and help the union to be successful. Think about whether you or someone you know would be a good candidate, and get involved!

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE END OF THIS WEEK: JULY 19. Fill out the attached nomination form and email it tousofcc@yahoo.com.

BARGAINING UPDATE

The bargaining team is continuing to negotiate the next contract; the one-year extension will expire at the end of August. We are committed to making sure that any health insurance increases are offset by salary increases, as well as making sure that salaries keep up with cost of living. We are also proposing that part-time staff get additional sick days, paid vacation time, time off for jury duty and bereavement, and tuition remission. If you have any feedback, contact Nick Hoeppner, Negotiations Chair, at nhoeppner@colum.edu.

JOB CLASSIFICATION STUDY UPDATE

The College’s job classification study officially launched in February 2014. If you remember, this is an effort to create consistent job descriptions and job grades within the college. The college has also decided to use this process to determine which positions are exempt and non-exempt. The college has hired Mercer as a consultant to the project. There is a coordinating committee made up of college administration and USofCC members (Mike Bright, JeeYeun Lee, Nick Hoeppner, Laurie Lee Moses, Craig Sigele). The committee has met 3 times so far, and is providing feedback on a questionnaire drafted by Mercer. This will be the first step in the process – a questionnaire to all staff about their job duties. We don’t know yet when this will be launched. Mercer has also been asked to draft a communications plan for this project. If you have any questions, contact JeeYeun Lee at jylee@colum.edu.

NEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY (RA) UPDATE

Two delegates from USofCC, Mike Bright and Oscar Valdez, attended the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) July 3-6  in Denver. This is the annual meeting of delegates from all NEA associations across the country, including USofCC. Delegates voted for an all-minority, all-female, officer team to head the NEA for the next year, including a former state teacher of the year and elementary school teacher from North Salt Lake, Utah; a physical science teacher from Harrisburg, Pa.; and an elementary school music teacher from Louisa County, Va. (Click here to read more.)

Delegates also discussed and decided on policies. Many policies often have a cost associated. This year there were over 100 New Business Items proposed, but the cost of all items were covered by the NEA endowment fund, so there will be no increase in NEA dues for this upcoming fiscal year.

At the dinner for Region 67 delegates (which includes USofCC), delegates discussed getting all our locals together and figuring out if there is an issue that is important to all of our Higher Ed members that we could introduce as a New Business Item for next year’s RA. There was also a plan to create a Region 67 student scholarship. More information about the Region 67 plans and this year’s adopted and defeated policies will be sent by the USofCC Communications Committee.

NEW USOFCC COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN: “THE HIDDEN LIFE OF STAFF!”

The Communications Committee needs your input! We are developing a poster to highlight the essential and varied tasks performed by staff daily to further the College’s mission and help our students to succeed. The plan is to cover the poster with short descriptions of the work we do, superimposed over a photo or graphic.

Why? This is a time of change for the College and a moment to highlight the critical contribution of staff to the College mission. Our aims are:

To raise respect across the College for the indispensable work of staff members and how our work facilitates the success of faculty and student endeavors;

To strengthen the position of our bargaining team as it continues negotiations for a fair contract;

To remind the College of the importance of including all staff members in ongoing discussions on the organization and direction of the College.

We want your descriptions of how your work impacts student success. PLEASE SEND US YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS! They can be emailed to usofcc@yahoo.com or sent by interoffice mail to Sheila Brady, Education Dept. Contributions will be subject to editing, mainly for space considerations.

As always – if you have any questions or concerns, let us know at USofCC@yahoo.com. And check out our websitewww.usofcc.org.

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