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Announcing the MCCC Fall Conference

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

Our programming committee has done an excellent job in planning our union’s fall conference. Please plan to attend. Your presence will help to make this our best conference ever.

The committee sends the announcement below. Spread the word…

Best,
Joe Leblanc
MCCC

Check out the page:
http://mccc-union.org/FallConference/2011/

As previously announced, the annual MCCC Fall Conference is Wednesday October 19. We have a great dinner speaker, Arnie Arnesen, and a great program with a good variety of topics from which to choose.

There will be great sessions, networking opportunities, a well-know excellent speaker, a great dinner… Plan to be there!

As noted on that page, a sign-up sheet will be online at the same page starting Monday.

Course Material

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

Faculty must submit the course syllabus within one week of the beginning of classes. This should include the items appearing on the course material checklist contained in the collective bargaining agreement Form DE-l for online courses and Form DCE-El for all other courses). The College must maintain the confidentiality of this material. Please note that DCE faculty enjoy academic freedom which provides for professional latitude in fulfilling one’s contractual obligations in this regard. An Interaction Plan (Form DE-2) must also be submitted for distance education courses.

There is no contractual timeline for the return of the Course Materials Checklist form by the College to faculty. However, the College should act reasonably regarding the return of this evaluation form.

Instructors have the right to choose their text book(s). The exception to this is when it is a departmental selection and DCE faculty are given an opportunity to participate in the decision making process, or when the appointment is made as the semester is to begin.

The DCE Collective bargaining agreement and other relevant documents are available on the MCCC website http://mccc-union.org/dcecontract.htm. A hard copy of the DCE contract can be obtained from your local MCCC chapter.

THINK BEFORE YOU INK! DON’T SIGN PETITIONS PROMOTING THE STAND FOR CHILDREN BALLOT INITIATIVE

September 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Dear MTA Member:

We are writing to make you aware of petitions being circulated throughout Massachusetts by an advocacy group called Stand for Children and to urge you to decline to sign if you are approached. The petitions call for a 2012 ballot initiative that would mandate limits on local collective bargaining about educator evaluations and place restrictions on the granting of Professional Teacher Status.

This initiative is an outside effort to impose impractical rules on our schools instead of working on reform with educators. While Stand for Children bills itself as a grassroots organization, a recent article by the State House News Service notes that its board “includes officials from Bain Capital, Fidelity Investments, Fisher Lynch Capital, and other major businesses.” We believe that the ballot initiative is a distraction from the real problems in public education and will divert time, energy and resources from far more pressing issues – including funding and state revenues – that directly affect the quality of education for our students.

We are also concerned about the integrity of the ballot process, and we are asking MTA members to be alert for the potential of paid signature gatherers – many of whom are expected to come from outside of Massachusetts – to use deceptive measures. As a result, we are asking members to call our Fraud Watch Hotline at 888-824-9243
when they see circulators of the Stand for Children petitions.

It is important to recognize that the ballot initiative does not serve the interests of students and public education. Please do not sign a Stand for Children petition if you are asked – and urge your family members, friends and neighbors to decline to sign as well.

Further information will be provided as the campaign develops. Please watch www.massteacher.org for updates.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Paul Toner
MTA President

Tim Sullivan
MTA Vice President

The Optional Retirement Plan

September 20th, 2011 Comments off

Dear ORP Faculty, Chapter and Union Leaders,

The Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) bill (S. 1912) will be heard before the Public Service Committee on Tuesday, 10/4/11 in A-2, from 1 to 4 pm. Now is the time to lobby all legislators on this bill. Also important: Have your campus represented at the October 4th hearing and Lobby Day activities.

URGENT: Lobby Legislators this week to support S. 1912

Contact your Senator and your Representative this week: Ask them to support S. 1912. This bill will provide ORP faculty with an opportunity for an informed choice about state employee retirement options and an opportunity to transfer to the State Employees Retirement System if they so choose. If you are an ORP faculty, be sure to communicate your personal ORP story by email or on the phone with the legislator or office staff when you have that opportunity. See the attached talking points for further information. If you would like a document that lists the multiple orientation problems that many faculty faced, please contact me.
Ask Senators who support this bill to contact the Senate Chair of the Public Service Committee, Katherine Clark, to indicate they want S. 1912 moved out of this committee with a favorable recommendation.
Ask Representatives who support this bill to contact the House Chair of the Public Service Committee, John Scibak, to indicate they want S. 1912 moved out of this committee with a favorable recommendation.
Contact information:
To find out who your State Representative and State Senator are, go to: www.wheredoivotema.com
To send an email to your representative, go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenuh.htm
To send an email to your senator, go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenus.htm
To reach your legislator by phone, call the main State House number (617-722-200) and ask to be connected to your legislator.

Thank the following legislators, especially if they are yours, but also if this bill is important to you:

For sponsoring our ORP Bill:
Rep. Jay Kaufman: Jay.Kaufman@mahouse.gov or 616-722-2320)
Sen. Marc Pacheco: Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov or 617-722-1551

For leading the fight on the Senate floor and behind the scenes to include the ORP amendment in the Senate pension bill:

Sen. Katherine Clark, Senate Chair of the Public Service Committee: Katherine.Clark@masenate.gov or 617-722-1206

For sponsoring the ORP amendment to the Senate Pension bill:

Sen. Michael Rodrigues (lead sponsor): Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov or 617-722-1114
Sen. Stan Rosenberg (co-sponsor): Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov or 617-722-153
Sen. Ben Downing (co-sponsor): Benjamin.Downing@masenate.gov or 617-722-1625
Your Senator if you know s/he signed on to this amendment

For supporting the ORP amendment in the final version of the Senate pension bill:

Senate President, Therese Murray: Therese.Murray@masenate.gov or 617-722-1500

NOTE: In talking with Senators on the ORP bill, if any of them are among those who supported the MTA and other unions by voting against the pension bill because of its negative effect on future employees, please thank them:

“Sens. DiDomenico, Donnelly, Eldrige, Fargo, Jehlen, Keenan, McGee, Timilty, Tolman, and Wolf voted against the bill. Sen. Pacheco was unable to attend but able to pair his vote with another Senator’s to register his opposition to this bill.

ORP Hearing and Lobby Day: October 4 at the State House
The Joint Committee on Public Service will hear S. 1912, on October 4, 2011, between 1 and 4 pm in Room A-2. Panels representing the MCCC (and others from the State University and UMass systems) will provide supporting testimony. The ORP Ad Hoc Committee (with MTA support) has reserved Room 437, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, for lobbying activities. Morning beverages will be available for those who plan to lobby before the hearing, and lobbying materials will be distributed. Lunch will be served to those who register their attendance in advance, and a short luncheon speaking program will begin at noon, with invited guests from the legislature and MTA leadership.

Background and what’s next:

Though the ORP bill (S, 1912) was included as an amendment to the recently passed Senate bill on pension reform, the House pension bill has not been written and is not expected to be heard before the House chamber until after this hearing. The Public Service Committee hearing will allow the bill to be fully vetted and will further educate the House and Senate members on the merits of the bill. When the House puts together its pension bill, the ORP Ad Hoc committee will push to have the ORP bill included as part of any pension reform. This would address the problems related to current ORP faculty and the bleak retirement future that many of them face. If the House puts forward a pension package without S. 1912 and the omission is not addressed in any pension bill that is enacted, the ORP bill will follow the typical journey of a State House bill. Being vetted and passed favorably by the Public Service Committee is the first leg of that journey.

Campus educating and organizing:

Knowing who on your campus is enrolled in the ORP is vital to the grassroots organizing of our ORP campaign. You will need to know who is in the ORP to activate your campuses to support this bill at the various stages in its legislative journey.
Campus Lists of ORP-enrolled faculty have been distributed to at least one member on most MCCC and MTA campuses. These lists are not complete, nor totally accurate, but they do represent either faculty from the MTA ORP survey who had expressed an interest in the passage of this bill or MCCC members from four years ago who were actively enrolled in the ORP program. If more recent enrollment lists have been provided, please use these. Contact me if your campus needs this information.
ORP Transfer Costs – Buyback Calculations Sheets:
With regard to the costs related to transferring from the ORP to the State Retirement System, sample buyback cost sheets were distributed to ORP Committee members at last week’s meeting, so most campuses are aware of them. When compared to the State Retirement Percentage Chart benefits, these sheets are helpful in educating and mobilizing ORP faculty to support this bill. Note that before any members elect to transfer, the cost of that transfer would be clarified.

Thank you for your support on this bill. Your actions today could make a real difference in the retirement security of ORP faculty across this state. At least 1/3 of our MCCC faculty are enrolled in the ORP. Hundreds of ORP faculty at the State Universities and UMass are also interested in the passage of this bill. Our actions today could mean a chance for real retirement security for these members tomorrow.

Best regards,
Donnie

Diana (Donnie) McGee
MCCC Vice President & SAC Chair
MTA Director & HELC Vice Chair
Email: vice-president@mccc-union.org
Cell: 508-415-1513

Full-time Faculty Office Hours

September 14th, 2011 Comments off

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

FACULTY – COURSE MATERIALS

September 14th, 2011 Comments off

Faculty are required to distribute course materials for each class 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 insure 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 paperpacks,
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.

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