Learn about Section 60, your choice of retirement plan coverage, and the procedure to transfer your ORP participation to the MSERS.

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Section 60 Seminar Schedule

Learn about Section 60, your choice of retirement plan coverage, and the procedure to transfer your ORP participation to the MSERS. The Department of Higher Education and the State Board of Retirement  are sponsoring the following Seminars:

April 18, 2014

UMass Boston
Location: Student Campus Center
Ballroom A
No Registration Required
Presentation: 11:00 to 12:00
Presentation: 1:30 to 2:30
DHE, Retirement Board and Provider representatives will be available between presentations to answer individual questions.

April 25, 2014

Roxbury Community College
Location: Student Center; 2nd Floor; Room 200 (Cafeteria)
1234 Columbus Avenue Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
No Registration Required
Presentation: 10:00 to 11:00
Presentation: 12:30 to 1:30
DHE, Retirement Board and Provider representatives will be available between presentations to answer individual questions.

May 6, 2014

UMass Amherst
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Presentation: 10:00 to 11:00
Presentation: 2:00 to 3:00
Validated Parking: Campus Center Garage
DHE, Retirement Board and Provider representatives will be available between presentations to answer individual questions.
Advance on-line registration required:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orp-section-60-information-session-tickets-11174082983

Campus maps are available at each institution’s web site

HCC April 23, 2014 Orp Workshop

April 18th, 2014 Comments off
ORP Members , Important notice of ORP Section 60 Implementation Workshop at HCC on 4/23/14 at 4:00 pm
 Due to the interest of ORP participants in the midwestern part of the state an  ORP “Section” 60 workshop is scheduled at Holyoke Community College on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Kittredge Center in Rooms 301 and 303.  ORP Administrator, Richard Nunes will present a powerpoint workshop and focus on the implementation of the ORP Section 60 status  of the Pension Reform Act of 2011.

Please contact me to confirm attendance

Albano, Roberta

DCE Contract Action Alert

April 8th, 2014 Comments off

On Jan. 13, 2014, after months of negotiations, the MCCC DCE Bargaining Team shook hands with management on a new DCE Tentative Agreement covering all faculty who teach courses on semester by semester assignments. Members ratified the contract by 95%. One issue is holding up salary increases for all members.

The union had long been trying to increase the amount paid for the laboratory component of science courses, which had been calculated at 66% of the lecture time. It was agreed to increase the ratio to 74%.

Both sides had reviewed the tentative agreement for accuracy, and management had no corrections. As the MCCC Board was scheduling the ratification vote of the TA to our members, management claimed that a mistake was made and that they only intended to increase the ratio to 71%. Members ratified the contract 2001 to 92.

Members should speak with their individual college presidents and trustees.

And tell them that:

  • The MCCC has indisputable evidence that a clear and explicit agreement was reached over the calculation of lab component salary.
  • The union has filed a bad-­‐faith bargaining charge and will participate in an investigation at the Division of Labor Relations on April 15.
  • The lab ratio affects faculty in many of those STEM subjects that the state is most concerned about advancing.
  • Reneging on a settled Agreement erodes the members’ trust in, and the integrity of, the collective bargaining process.

Our community college presidents have the power to resolve the situation. Urge them to settle the issue NOW!

DCE Contract Action Alert What is the cost difference to the colleges?

  • $3.86 per week for Step 1 faculty
  • $4.40 per week for Step 2 faculty
  • $4.53 per week for Step 3 faculty
  • $4.60 per week for Step 4 faculty

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Sign up for MCCC delegate assembly

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

MCCC DELEGATE ASSEMBLY

Saturday April 26, 2014
75 Felton Street · Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752 

8:30 – 9:30 am
Delegate Registration &Continental Breakfast

Call to Order 9:30 am
Adopt the Order of Business
Approval of Minutes
Adopt the Standing Rules
Appoint Minutes Review Committee

Reports
President Joe LeBlanc
Vice President / S.A.C. Donnie McGee
Greetings from the MTA

Awards

Budget
Review of the FY 15 Budget – Phil Mahler

Lunch
Adoption of the FY 15 Budget

Bylaws and Rules Proposals – Claudine Barnes

New Business*

Advocacy Dad March 5, 2014

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Come to the State House to advocate for revenues for community colleges, state universities and UMass on
Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Meet at MTA Headquarters, 20 Ashburton Place,
between 8-10 a.m., then join with fellow advocates for public education at the State House.

WHAT: Massachusetts Public Higher Education Advocacy Day

WHEN: March 5, 2014, 10 a.m.
(Kickoff rally at 10 a.m., lunch provided)

WHERE: Massachusetts State House

Summary Evaluations are due on February 1

January 29th, 2014 Comments off
Summary Evaluations are due on  February 1 for:
FT faculty who are in their first through sixth year of FT employment,
FT Professional Staff in their 1st year of employment, and
Tenured faculty in their evaluation year (Not evaluated in the year tenure is received and evaluated every 3rd year from last evaluation).
The Summary Evaluation includes student evaluations (due January 23), a course material evaluation, a classroom observation evaluation, a student advisement evaluation, a college service evaluation, and a review of the personnel file since the last summary evaluation.
Unit members are required to sign the Summary Evaluation acknowledging that the unit member has read and received a copy of the evaluation.  Signing the Summary Evaluation does not mean that the unit member agrees with the evaluation. Unit members have seven working days to respond to the evaluation and have the right to file a grievance.
 
Below is a summary of the process.
FACULTY SUMMARY EVALUATION
Student Evaluations = 25%
Course Materials = 15%
Classroom Observation = 25%
Student Advisement = 10%
College Service = 10%
Personnel File = 15%
PROFESSIONAL STAFF EVALUATION
Work Performance = 75%
College Service = 10
Personnel File = 15%
RATINGS – The only component in the summary evaluation process that has a rating is the student evaluation component (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor). There are no overall ratings for any of the other 5 components on the summary evaluation and there is no overall performance rating. The evaluator must state “unsatisfactory” if a component or the overall performance is unsatisfactory.  Overall ratings such as satisfactory, excellent, very satisfactory, good, etc. for any component or for the overall performance are not acceptable and are in violation of the contract and a 1986 arbitration decision. If a unit member is “other than unsatisfactory”, then the evaluator’s comments should be in the form of a narrative. The evaluator may use adjectives in the narrative, but may not, for example, state the overall classroom observation was satisfactory, or very satisfactory, or good, or excellent. The same is true for the professional staff summary evaluation and its components.
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel   978-255-2798

fax  978-255-2896

NON-TENURED AND TENURED FACULTY IN AN EVALUATION YEAR

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

NON-TENURED AND TENURED FACULTY IN AN EVALUATION YEAR – The tabulated data from the Fall 2013 student evaluations for full-time faculty in an evaluation are due today – January 23 and these student evaluations will be evaluated by the immediate supervisor in the summary evaluations on February 1. The student evaluation process is a stand alone evaluation and no decile rankings, department averages, division averages, and college averages are allowed. If your summary evaluation and/or student evaluation comments include any comparative analysis, please contact your chapter leadership so they can pursue an individual or chapter grievance.

TENURED FACULTY IN NON-EVALUSTION YEAR – Although student evaluations were administered to tenured faculty in a non-evaluation year, the tabulated data from these evaluations shall be sent only to the tenured faculty member, are not evaluated by the immediate supervisor, and do not become part of any summary evaluation.

Attached is an outline of the Student Evaluation and Summary Evaluation Process.

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

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel 978-255-2798
fax 978-255-2896

COURSE MATERIALS

January 21st, 2014 Comments off
COURSE MATERIALS
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.
OFFICE HOURS
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 and/or the DCE 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

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel   978-255-2798

fax  978-255-2896

1.75% salary increases

January 9th, 2014 Comments off

MCCC full-time day unit members and MCCC part-time day unit members shall receive a 1.75% salary increases effective on the first pay period in January. Day unit members should receive this increase in the January 17, 2014, pay check. The relevant contract language is below:

Article 21.01
Effective the first pay period of January 2014 each full-time bargaining unit member on the payroll as of December 31, 2013 will receive a 1.75% salary increase.

Effective the first pay period of January 2014 each part-time bargaining unit member will receive a 1.75% salary increase. The minimum hourly rate for part-time professional staff and faculty members shall be increased by 1.75% so that no part-time professional staff or faculty member shall be compensated at a rate lower than $25.50 per hour.

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

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel 978-255-2798
fax 978-255-2896

College Service – FT Faculty

December 6th, 2013 Comments off

Please Distribute to all FT Unit Members:

We are approaching the last day of classes and college service and advising forms are due.

FACULTY

College Service – FT Faculty – On the last day of classes, it is required that all full-time faculty submit College Service Activities (Form XIII-E5). On October 15, 2011, faculty submitted a list of  college service activities (upper part of this form under #1).  In the middle of the form under #2, faculty should list the activities with specific date(s) of participation (if applicable).  The “if applicable” language applies to activities that are on-going during a semester and no specific date can be determined. In the lower part of the form under #3, a few immediate supervisors have requested documentation that evidences participation in the college service activities.  If this request was made, it should have been done at the beginning of the semester in order to give faculty time to compile documentation as the activity is performed.  College service activities include:

  1. Serving as advisor to student activities;
  2. Serving on governance, ad hoc, college standing committees, system-wide task forces or committees, or labor-management committees;
  3. Preparing grant proposals;
  4. Participating in college, division, department or other related college meetings and/or activities;
  5. Participation in the improvement and development of academic programs and resources, including recruitment.
  6. Serving as a department chair/coordinator pursuant to Article XX and college-wide coordinators.

If faculty received reassigned time to perform non-instructional activities such as curriculum development, department chair work, professional development activities, or administrative (non-managerial) duties, then these activities should be listed on the College Service Activities (Form XIII-E5).  If there is a report associated with the above-referenced activity, then the report should be attached to the College Service Activities (Form XIII-E5).

Instructional Work -If faculty received reassigned time to perform individualized instruction and/or tutoring services, then these activities should be incorporated in the workload calculations on the Workload Form under the section for Instructional hours for individualized instruction.  Individualized instruction and/or tutoring can be performed in faculty offices or in learning centers.

Student Advising – FT Faculty – On the last day of classes, full-time faculty are required to submit a Student Advisement Log – Form XIII-E4 including student’s name, program, date of conference, and recommendation/purpose.

 

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

College Service – FT Professional Staff – The professional staff College Service Activities – Form XIII-E5 is due by December 30 and May 30.  These college service activities should have been incorporated in the E-7 form that is completed on July 1 of each year. The contractual list of college service activities is:

1. Service as advisor for college-approved student activities;

2. Service on governance, ad hoc, college standing committees, system-wide task forces or committees; or labor-management committees;

3. Preparing grant proposals;

4. Participating in college, division, department or other related college meetings and/or activities as the President of the College or the President’s designee may deem appropriate;

5. Participation in the improvement and development of academic programs and resources, including recruitment.

Student Advising – FT Professional Staff – Student advising could be part of a professional staff workload and E-7 if appropriate by inclusion in the list of responsibilities in the classification specifications for the professional staff title.  The Student Advisement Log – Form XIII-E4 if appropriately assigned is due on December 30 and May 30 each year.

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

Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel   978-255-2798

fax  978-255-2896