Congratulations to the 2018 AAUP-UC Scholarship Winners!

From a number of very qualified submissions, the Scholarship Selection Committee is proud to announce the following 2018 AAUP-UC Scholarship Winners, which were awarded at the AAUP-UC General Membership Meeting on May 7, 2018:

The Virgil C. Crisafulli Scholarship for leadership and service in the spirit of the AAUP was awarded to Hermina Garic, nominated by Helen Blouet, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Luke Perry, Professor of Government and Politics.

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Pictured here with Lawrence Day, Associate Professor of Physics and member of the nominating committee.


The Robert W. Millett Scholarship for Academic Achievement was awarded to Marissa Faroni, nominated by James Smith, Professor of Physical Therapy.

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Congrats to our winners!


Read more about the AAUP-UC Scholarships and see past winners here.



Congratulations to the 2017 AAUP-UC Scholarship Winners!

From a number of very qualified submissions, the Scholarship Selection Committee is proud to announce the following 2017 AAUP-UC Scholarship Winners, which were awarded at the AAUP-UC General Membership Meeting on May 1, 2017:

 

The Virgil C. Crisafulli Scholarship for leadership and service in the spirit of the AAUP was awarded to Megan Sliski, nominated by Mary Siniscarco, Chair of Health Studies and Assistant Professor of Health Studies.

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The Robert W. Millett Scholarship for Academic Achievement was awarded to Lana Nitti, nominated by Kimberly Etman, Counselor/Tutorial Coordinator, Office of Opportunity Programs.

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Read more about the AAUP-UC Scholarships and see past winners here.

 


Your Weingarten Rights Turned 42 This Month!

Forty-two years ago, on Feb. 19, 1975, the high court ruled that an employee has the right to request union representation in any meeting that she or he feels could result in discipline or termination.

You Are Being Asked Questions That Might Lead To Disciplinary Action: What Do You Do?

If you believe that discipline will result from a meeting with management/administration (in legalese, “an investigatory interview”), you can insist that a union representative be present during this interview. This is part of your “Weingarten Rights,” which references the 1975 United States Supreme Court case NLRB vs. Weingarten. Weingarten Rights apply only to members of a collective bargaining unit and are among the many benefits of having a union.

When an investigatory interview occurs, the following rules apply:

Rule 1) – You must make a clear request for effective union representation before or during the interview. Often an employee may not know at the outset that a meeting with management could lead to discipline. If such a meeting is or becomes an “investigatory interview,” you should assert your right to have a union officer of your choosing present. You cannot be punished for making this request. (Note: If the union representative of your choice is not available in a reasonable time period, it may be necessary for an alternative union officer to represent you.)

A typical Weingarten request would be: “If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Until my union representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion.” Or you may simply say, “I want my union representative here.”

Rule 2) – After you make this request, the interviewer has three options:

    1. Grant the request and delay the interview until your union representative arrives and has a chance to consult privately with you. (Note: The right to representation is the right to effective representation, which translates in this rule as the right to consult privately with the representative before the interview. The union representative should also know what the meeting is about ahead of time so that he/she can effectively advise you.)
    2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
    3. Give you a choice of: (I) having the interview continue without representation or (II) ending the interview. (Note: It is not wise to choose the first option.)

Rule 3) – If the interviewer denies your request and continues to ask questions, this is an unfair labor practice. You have the right not to answer any questions until you have union representation. You cannot be disciplined for refusing to answer the questions, but you are required to sit there until the supervisor terminates the interview. Leaving before this happens may constitute punishable insubordination in some cases.

The AAUP-UC represents all members of the bargaining unit, both those who pay dues and those who do not, and is obligated to come to your aid without prejudice. If you are summoned to a meeting with a member of administration and discover that it is an “investigatory interview,” assert your right to have a union representative present.

Download a printable PDF of this information here


CBA Ratification Schedule

Today, November 21, 2016, we held our mandatory informational meeting for dues-paying members regarding the ratification of the tentatively approved Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Our next step is to have a ratification vote on the proposed CBA.

We will hold our ratification vote from December 5, 2016 – December 12, 2016.

The ballot will be electronic and sent to dues-paying members via e-mail on December 5, 2016 from BallotPoint Election Services.

Ratification of the proposed CBA requires approval by a majority vote of those voting.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please don’t hesitate to contact the AAUP-UC President, Paul MacArthur.


Governing Board Approves Proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement

On Friday, August 26, 2016, the AAUP-UC Governing Board unanimously agreed to approve the new proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the AAUP-UC and Utica College.

This tentative approval is now subject to a ratification vote from the AAUP-UC dues paying membership.

The procedure for the AAUP-UC ratification is as follows:

1) The new contract will be typed up with all of the tentative agreements inserted into the contract. All contract language/changes will be verified by both the AAUP-UC and Utica College. This process will take several weeks.

2) Once Step #1 is completed, the Governing Board will call an AAUP-UC membership information meeting.

3) At least one week prior to this information meeting, the Governing Board will send the tentatively approved contract to the AAUP-UC membership. The new contract, as well as a copy of the old contract, will be distributed electronically.

4) One week after the informational meeting, secret ballots will be mailed to the active membership for the ratification vote. This ballot may be electronic.

As always, if you have questions about the contract or any workplace issue, please don’t hesitate to contact AAUP-UC President, Paul J. MacArthur or any other member of the Governing Board.

Thank you for your continued support of the AAUP-UC.


Tentative Agreement Reached

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, after 16 months of bargaining, the negotiating teams of the AAUP-UC and Utica College administration reached a tentative agreement for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This tentative agreement will now be brought to the AAUP-UC Governing Board for approval. If the AAUP-UC Governing Board approves the agreement, it will be brought forward to the AAUP-UC dues paying membership for a ratification vote. An informational meeting will be held before any membership vote and a copy of the new contract will be distributed to the membership before this informational meeting. The timeline for ratification will be presented as soon as it is available.

Additionally, the Utica College administration will need to have the contract ratified by the Utica College Board of Trustees.

To allow for this process to be completed, the current CBA has been extended until October 24, 2016.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about negotiations, or any workplace issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the AAUP-UC President, Paul J. MacArthur or any other member of the Governing Board.

Thank you for your continued support of the AAUP-UC!


Congratulations to our new board members!

Congratulations to our newly reelected president, Paul MacArthur, our new treasurer, Xiao Xiao, and our (re)elected at-large board members: Leonore Fleming, Thomas Rossi, James Smith and Sara Scanga (1 year term), who will take office on July 1.

The AAUP-UC Governing Board for 2016-2017 is:

Governing Board Officers:

  • President:  Paul J. MacArthur, Associate Professor of Public Relations & Journalism
  • Vice President: Adam Pack, Professor of Biology
  • Treasurer: Xiao Xiao, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Secretary: Dan Kurtz, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Past President: Laurence Zoeckler, Associate Professor of Education

Governing Board Members At Large:

  • Leonore Fleming, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Kirstin Impicciatore, Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Denise Nepveux, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
  • Thomas Rossi, Professor of Management
  • Sara Scanga, Associate Professor of Biology
  • James Smith, Professor of Physical Therapy

We also want to take a moment to thank Brad Emmons, John Cormican, Tyson Kreiger, and Arlene Lundquist, whose terms ended on June 30, for their service on the Governing Board. We really appreciate their dedication to the union and their efforts to make our union stronger.


AAUP-UC Contract Extended Thru August 18, 2016

The current Utica College — AAUP-UC Collective Bargaining Agreement has been extended through August 18, 2016 in order to continue work on negotiations through the summer.

If raises/increases are negotiated into our new contract, we anticipate they will be retroactive to the original end date of the CBA, as has been the case in previous negotiations.

For your reference, the current CBA can be found here.

If you have not yet joined the AAUP-UC, please take a moment to do so now. Your membership and support are very important.

If you have any questions or concerns about negotiations, or any workplace issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the AAUP-UC President, Paul J. MacArthur.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of the AAUP-UC.