Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
On April 20, 2012, the 2012 Election Committee sent out a Notice of Election to each member's last known home address. A copy of that notification can be found here.
The last date for receipt of ballots by mail at the Council office is May 16th.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Rain Location: Kopps Lounge
Rain Location: Kopps Lounge
What is at stake for our contract?
Tuition Waivers and Reimbursement
Sabbatical Leave & Career Developmen
10 Vacation Days
Tuition Waivers for Dependents
What is at stake for our students?
Affordable Higher Education
Student Loan Debt Greater than the National Credit Card Debt
Being a part of the middle class
Will you stand up and fight for our future?
Friday, April 13, 2012
Do to procedural challenges made to the AFT National office by one of the members of our Local, I regret to inform you that the AFT Officer and Delegate elections that commenced this morning have been suspended effective immediately. I know that many of you have voted already and I apologize for the inconvenience.
Although we provided ample notice of the election by e-mail, AFT legal staff have informed us that, to comply with Federal election law, we must provide notice in a paper mailing, sent to the last known home address of each member. Because a large-scale paper mailing is not only labor intensive, but also costly, we chose the more cost-effective means of notice by e-mail. Unfortunately, in response to the challenge, we must prepare and send notification by postal mail.
The use of the ELVIS system to record votes has also been challenged. In exercising due legal caution, AFT National Legal staff have required that we provide verification of the security and anonymity of ELVIS in recording votes. The election committee has reached out to OIT to help us in presenting the specifications of ELVIS. In the event that the specifications of ELVIS cannot be documented to the satisfaction of AFT legal staff, we may be forced to conduct the election by paper ballot.
It should be noted that the above objections, and others not sustained by the AFT legal staff, were never made to Local Election Committee and were not presented to the National AFT until the well-publicized election was underway. Therefore, we were not able to address the objections before-the-fact. Moreover, AFT National Legal staff have determined that there was ample opportunity for anyone to declare candidacy and secure a nomination. Hence, no additional names will be added to the ballot, even as we are required to re-run the election.
It is going to take a bit of time to organize and send the required notice by mail, and to resolve issues regarding specifications of ELVIS. Hopefully, we will be able to send notice by mail so that you receive it late next week. We will continue to send notices, reminders and updates by e-mail as appropriate.
I am sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused, but we are committed to complying with our local constitution and bylaws, AFT National’s bylaws as well as applicable Federal law.
Chair, 2012 AFT Local 1904 Election Committee
Be a part of the blue school on April 25th from 12 - 1 p.m. starting at Amphitheater with a Solidarity Walk around campus followed by lunch. RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Preceding last Thursday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, there were tuition hearings, as required by law. Students were given the chance to speak to the Board to say how tuition directly affects their lives. They signed up to speak and were called in order. Halfway through the hearing, the signup sheet was taken away and never returned, so a couple of students didn’t get a chance to sign up. Clearly hearing from the students was a perfunctory matter to the Trustees, and when the original list of signed-up finished, the Board moved on.
I would have expected them to ask the audience if there was anyone else who wanted to speak. They did not. I spoke up to let the Board know that there were still students who wanted to be heard. They ignored me. Then I was called to make my scheduled monthly statement. As I walked to the podium, I told the Board how disappointed I was in their behavior, and that they could certainly make the time for every student voice to be heard.
In nearly 20 years of attending Trustee meetings, I have never seen such disregard of students, and I said so before I started my statement, which can be found by clicking here.
In SolidarityRich Wolfson
President, AFT Local 1904