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

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. Grievance-DCE@MCCC-union.org


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 FridaySaturday 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:
http://mccc-union.org/NOMINATIONS/form2015.html***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