Members/ORP Members

Members/ORP Members; On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, a successful ORP Lobby day was held at the State house followed by testiomials  of the ORP Bill at a Hearing before the Public Service Committee. 
Please read the important message regarding the next step for the ORP Bill (S1912).
Now is the time to  contact your Representative and ask them to Support this Bill  (S1912) as part of the Pension Reform Bill. 
If your Representative supports the bill, please request they contact Public Service Committee House Chair John Sciback to include S 1912 in the Pension Reform Bill the House is drafting.  You may contact your Representative by email or phone listed below.
or statewide distribution to all full-time faculty:
Dear Colleagues,
Thanks to the  Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) Committee and union leaders across the state for a very successful State House Lobby Day in support of S. 1912 on October 4th. As many of you know, this bill would provide a one-time opportunity for ORP-enrolled employees to transfer to the SERS and buy back service credits for their related years of employment.  
  •  Thirty-four faculty from 16 public  higher ed. campuses came to the State House to lobby legislators on S. 1912.
  • MTA leaders and lobbyists as well as State House legislators were acknowledged for their leadership on this bill.
  • Three faculty panels from all sectors of public higher education testified at the Public Service Committee hearing in support of S. 1912. ORP faculty  who testified with me on the MCCC panel included Karen Dufault from Quinsigamond, Wayne Klug from Berkshire, and Marie Canaves from Cape Cod.
What’s Next: Contact Representatives Today
  • If this bill is important to you or your ORP-enrolled faculty, please contact your Representative this week, if you have not already done so, and ask every interested ORP faculty to do the same. Ask Representatives to support the inclusion of S. 1912 in any pension reform package developed by the House. The best chance for this ORP bill to get passed by the legislature would be to have it included in this pension reform bill. Such inclusion would be appropriate since S. 1912 is about retirement fairness and equity for current retirees.
  • If your Representative supports this bill, ask that s/he contact Rep. John Scibak, the House Chair of Public Service, to ask him to include this bill in the current pension reform bill that the House is drafting.
  • I have attached related talking points that can guide you in any ORP bill discussions with legislators.
  • Contacting Representatives:
Politics is a two way street: Thank your Legislators, whenever it is appropriate.
  • If you have met with your legislators to talk to them about this bill, please thank them.
  • The four Representatives that I’ve listed below gave testimony to the Public Service Committee in support of S. 1912. If these are your legislators, please send them a thank you and ask for their continued support for S. 1912 to be included in the House pension reform bill. It would be appropriate for other ORP faculty who are interested in seeing this bill pass to also thank these legislators: 
Stay Tuned:
  •  The House pension reform legislation may move quickly. Your lobbying will be needed at each step of the ORP bill’s legislative journey. Collective, timely action is the only way we can expect this bill to be enacted. Your support is crucial to the success of this campaign, so please stay involved if this bill matters to you.
  • An ORP Subcommittee is exploring a letter writing campaign to the Commissioner of Higher Education, Richard Freeland. We want him to be our ally in this campaign. More details will be forthcoming about this at the end of the week.
Thank you all,
Diana (Donnie) McGee
MCCC Vice President & SAC Chair
MTA Director & HELC Vice Chair
Cell: 508-415-1513


Professional staff are not required to submit a college service plan, but are required to submit their college service form on December 30 and May 30.

College Service Plan
Faculty are required to submit a list of college service activities to be performed during the semester. This list is completed in section 1 of the attached form (Form XIII-E5) and submitted to the immediate supervisor no later than October 15 for the fall semester and February 15 for the spring semester. Section 2 and section 3 will be completed at the end of the semester and submitted on the last day of classes.

College service activities may 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 receive reassigned time to perform non-instructional activities such as department chair, curriculum development, professional development activities, or administrative (non-managerial) duties, then these activities should be listed on the College Service Activities.

MCCC Negotiating Team’s Position
When the 2000-2003 Contract was negotiated with an increase in instructional workloads, the MCCC Negotiating Team stated that there was an understanding at the bargaining table that attending department meetings, division meetings, all-college meetings; and serving on one (1) committee would fulfill the contractual obligation of being available for college service activities for an average of four (4) hours per week. This requirement has not changed in the 2003-2006 Contract or in the 2006-2009 Contract. In addition, the MCCC negotiators have made it clear that the purpose of the submission of this plan for college service activities to be performed is to provide the immediate supervisor with knowledge of your planned activities for the upcoming semester. The intent was not to increase college service workload; not to begin counting hours, minutes, or seconds; and not to obtain prior approval. Finally, at the end of the semester, the immediate supervisor will probably hold you accountable for the completion of all activities that you list.

11 Hours of Non-instructional Activity
College service is only one component of your non-instructional responsibilities. Faculty are assigned 3 hours per week of advising (14-19 advisees), 4 office hours per week, and 4 college service hours per week. These 11 hours of non-instructional activities are averages per week and should be reduced:
1) if you are assigned more than 3 preps per semester or more than 5 preps per year (usually 2 hours for each prep over 3),
2) if you are assigned instructional workloads over 31 instructional hours of didactic instruction or over 33 hours of non-didactic clinical and lab instruction (proportional reduction for each hour over 31 or 33)
3) If you have reassigned time (1 office hour is reduced for each 3 credits of reassigned time).

More Than 3 Preps Per Semester or 5 Preps Per Year
In addition, an assignment of more than 3 preps per semester and/or more than 5 preps per year is at the faculty member’s discretion. These assignments cannot be made without faculty approval. If you do agree to teach more than 3/5 preps, then there is usually a 2 hour reduction in the 11 hours of non-instructional activity for each additional prep. Your immediate supervisor may ask you to waive these non-instructional reductions and sign a Workload Reduction Waiver Form (XII-1). This reduction waiver is at the faculty member’s discretion. I do not recommend that faculty waive reductions – If you have an overload because you exceed the 3/5 preps, then take the reductions in non-instructional activity.

Workload Requirements
I have attached a summary sheet outlining all of the workload requirements for faculty.


Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator

119 Rocky Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
tel: 508-746-2533
fax: 508-746-5258

[see attached file: College Service Form.pdf]