Change in Rank

April 22nd, 2015 Comments off
Change in Rank – By April 15, 2015, the president of your college should have announced the president’s decision regarding who will receive a change in rank to assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.   If you were eligible to be considered for a change in rank this year and did not receive a change in rank, I recommend that you request a copy of  the dean’s and the president’s recommendations and the reasons why you were not promoted.   Except for criterion C below (student evaluations), these decisions are professional judgment decisions and subject to the reasonable standard and the grievance procedure.  Please note that eligible faculty who  fall in the top 20% for two successive student evaluations automatically receive a change in rank.
If you are not satisfied with the reasons for denial of a change in rank, you have until May 15, 2015, to file a grievance.
In accordance with the Contract, one of the following criteria has to be met to receive a change in rank:
Contract Language
14.04   Additional Qualifications
Eligible unit members who also meet at least one of the following four criteria since the last change in rank or date of hire, whichever is later:
  1. Evidence of significant relevant professional development;
  2. Significant contribution to the College or community service;
  3. Falling in the top 20% of the College faculty in that unit member’s most recent two successive student evaluations;
  4. Highly effective instructional performance of a faculty member in the professional judgment of the President of the College; shall be accorded a change in rank.
No Funding – At the present time, there is no funding for the 20 points earned for changes in rank.
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952email
tel   978-255-2798
fax  978-255-2896

PA Meeting

April 9th, 2015 Comments off

Please note the April 10th meeting will be held in Building 2, 7th floor during the college hour.  Lunch will be provided.

PA Meeting

March 2nd, 2015 Comments off

The next PA Meeting is Monday, March 9, 2015 during the college hour.  Please note that this meeting will be take place in Building 13, Room 111.

Nominations for the Butler, Lemieux, McGee and Palmer Awards

February 11th, 2015 Comments off

Nominations for the Butler, Lemieux, McGee and Palmer Awards are due on Feb. 15. Follow this link for more information and nomination forms:

Awards will be presented at our April 25th Delegate Assembly at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. Please consider running as a delegate.

Joe LeBlanc

DCE Contract Tip: Make-up work for courses cancelled due to weather

February 9th, 2015 Comments off

Joseph Rizzo
MCCC DCE Grievance Coordinator

Given the number of classes cancelled due to inclement weather, it may be helpful to review the relevant DCE contract provision regarding missed classes. Faculty are responsible for making up this work by any of the four means noted below. Two of the possibilities include actually making up the lost time and the other two methods involve an alternate means of covering the material and fulfilling the contractual obligations of faculty. It may be possible to combine these methods since classes meeting on certain days of the week experienced multiple cancellations. Any of these make-up methods require college approval. The college should not be arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable in making this determination.

It should also be noted that the contract provision included below is applicable to courses offered under the auspices of DCE regardless of the time of day that the course meets. Most part time faculty in our system are covered by the MCCC/BHE collective bargaining agreement.

13.04 Classes shall be held as scheduled, including during finals week. In the event classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, other emergency, or recognized college holiday or whenever a regularly scheduled class is not held for whatever reason, the unit member will be responsible for completing the obligations of the employment contract and subject matter content in one of the following ways with the prior approval of the College:

1. schedule a meeting of the class on another day that is mutually agreeable to the unit member, the students and the College;

2. begin earlier and/or end class later for as many sessions required to compensate for the time missed;

3. assign a paper, project, or a self-directed learning experience which will require a time span equivalent to one class period;

4. by another method proposed by the unit member and approved by the appropriate dean.

Please feel free to contact
Joseph Rizzo, MCCC DCE Grievance Coordinator, if you have any questions.


February 3rd, 2015 Comments off
Dear PA member,
I encourage you to nominate yourself to serve as a delegate to the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, to be held Friday-Saturday May 8-9 in Boston. If you put your name in nomination, you are almost certain to become a delegate.  To nominate yourself simply fill out the form at:***The deadline is February 5th at 4:00PM, so please act now.***

MCCC provides delegates a $50 per day stipend, and pays for a shared hotel room for delegates who live more than 25 miles from Boston.

Why become a delegate this year?  Barbara Madeloni, the new president of the MTA, encourages more MCCC participation and welcomes our involvement, She takes the concerns of community college employees seriously. Your participation sends a strong, positive signal to Barbara and other MTA leaders, one that underscores a shared desire to work together for the benefit of all public sector educators. The Annual Meeting is likely to have lively debates and close votes on the issues.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact me at 413-896-5219.

In service & solidarity.

Nick Camerota

MCCC Day Bargaining Team On-Line Survey

January 28th, 2015 Comments off


Contract Administration Tip – College Closing for Inclement Weather – Part-time Day Unit Members

January 28th, 2015 Comments off
MCCC Contract 9.02.2— Whenever a College is closed due to inclement weather or other
emergency situations, a part-time professional staff member who is paid on an hourly
basis may, with the supervisor’s approval, reschedule and work the hours missed not later
than the end of the subsequent payroll period, provided that in rescheduling such missed
hours the professional staff member not work more than 37.5 hours in any week. Such
requests shall not be unreasonably denied. However, the following regulation mandates
that if a part-time unit member is scheduled to work three or more hours and reports to
work and the employer closes the college short of the minimum 3 hour workday, then the
part-time unit member shall be paid for at least three hours.
Labor and Workforce Development Minimum Wage Regulations 455 CMR 2.00
2.03: Hours Worked- (1) Reporting Pay. When an employee who is scheduled to work
three or more hours reports for duty at the time set by the employer, and that employee is
not provided with the expected hours of work, the employee shall be paid for at least
three hours on such day at no less than the basic minimum wage.

Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952

tel   978-255-2798
fax  978-255-2896


January 20th, 2015 Comments off

Course Materials Checklist

Full-time and Part-time Day Unit Faculty Course Materials Under the Day Contract – – Please Note-This does not apply to DCE day/evening/weekend/summer adjunct faculty (DCE Contract Applies)

Faculty are required to distribute course materials  to each student and forward a copy to the immediate supervisor prior to the conclusion of the add/drop period.  The course materials shall include all materials listed on the attached Checklist for Course Materials. (Form XIII-E2)

The confidentiality of these materials shall be maintained and the  employer may not distribute these materials to anyone without your permission.  The immediate supervisor must return all course materials to the  faculty member by the end of the fifth (5th) week of classes.  If items on the checklist are missing or if the immediate supervisor has concerns, the faculty member will be advised in writing and will be given fourteen (14) calendar days to submit the missing items and respond to the concerns.

The intent of this 14 day response period serves two (2) purposes:
1)  To give the faculty member the opportunity to correct an oversight without a negative comment being placed in the summary evaluation.
2)  To ensure that students have all of the items on the checklist.

NB: Please note that faculty have full freedom in the selection of course materials. If the faculty member believes that a directive from the immediate supervisor to change the course materials infringes upon academic freedom,  then the faculty member has the right to initiate the grievance process.   Full freedom in selecting course materials includes full freedom to:

  • Select texts and paperbacks,
  • Adopt instructional objectives,
  • Adopt teaching procedures,
  • Give Assignments and/or supplemental reading,
  • Select tests,
  • Determine the basis for student grading,
  • Determine the criteria for evaluating student performance, and
  • Determine attendance policy.

Full-time Faculty Office Hours
1) All faculty are required to submit their preferred office hour schedule at the beginning of the semester and post their office hour schedule by the end of the first week of classes.
2) Office hours are required on campus unless a faculty member is approved to hold office hours at an off campus instructional site.
3) Faculty are required to maintain four (4) office hours per week over four (4) days unless a faculty member has a reduced instructional workload.
4) For faculty with reduced instructional workloads, one (1) office hour is reduced for each three (3) credit hour course reduction.  This means that the number of days required for office hours is reduced by one (1) day for each office hour reduced.

Adjunct Faculty Office Hours
Adjunct faculty are not required to submit and/or post  office hours under the day contract.  If you are a day/unit part time faculty member, then there is no requirement to post/ hold/provide office hours.  If you are a DCE unit member (day or evening), there is no requirement to post and hold set office hours, but there is language in the DCE contract that states you are obligated to be available to students by appointment when mutually convenient.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952

tel   978-255-2798
fax  978-255-2896

DCE Salaries will increase 3.5% for the spring semester 2015

December 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Joseph Rizzo
MCCC DCE Grievance Coordinator

DCE Salaries will increase 3.5% for the spring semester 2015 as provided by the collective bargaining agreement. These rates will be applicable to courses offered January 15, 2015 through the fall 2015. The new rates are as follows.

Step 1 $ 986 per credit
Step 2 $ 1,055 per credit
Step 3 $ 1,134 per credit
Step 4 $ 1,191 per credit

.74 Lab ratio

DCE faculty will move from salary Step 1 to salary Step 2 upon teaching the sixth class and move to Step 3 upon teaching the eleventh class. Step 4 is effective upon attaining 8 years of seniority at the college.

Please feel free to contact Joseph Rizzo, MCCC DCE Grievance Coordinator, if you have any questions.