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Massachusetts Community College Council

NEWSLETTER

Volume XV

March, 1998

Number Six



In This Issue:



Classification Study Under Way

During the week of March 23, 1998, all full- and part-time day faculty members will receive the classification study survey. Employees in the college's Human Resource Office will verify survey information. The chapter will be issuing a letter for all unit members and will provide the names of the members who will be available to answer questions.

The consultants will input the data once faculty complete the surveys (It will not be entered by individual name.). Once completed, the information will provide the basis for placement on a salary schedule based on the criteria in the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The professional staff survey, however, remains incomplete. The Classification Team along with some professional staff unit members are working diligently to improve the survey and make it more relevant to professional staff jobs. Make sure E-7's are complete as they will be attached to your survey.

A monthly report and an updated timetable are due from the consultants, Griffiths and Associates. More details will be available for distribution by the end of March.

Make sure your files are in order and verification documents for degrees and prior work experiences are readily available.

Unit members should contact their chapter leadership with any questions. The chapter leadership should contact Rick Doud who is coordinating the campus teams and keeping them informed.

The chapter contact people are as follows:

 

Berkshire

Robert Passenant

Bristol

Margaret Ryckebusch

Bunker Hill

Charlie Chisholm

Cape Cod

Nancy Dempsey

Greenfield

Kit Carpenter

Holyoke

Kathryn Root

Mass. Bay

Ed McCourt

Massasoit

Cathy Boudreau

Middlesex

Rick Doud

Mt. Wachusett

Ann Greene

No. Essex

Patricia Kepschull

No. Shore

Don Williams

Quinsigamond

Jeannine Boulanger

Roxbury

Richard Eells

Springfield

Carol Mathison


MCCC at NEA Conference

Left to right, front row: Wil Roberts, Greenfield; Phyllis Barrett, Holyoke; Sandra King, Springfield; Carolyn Tetrault, Springfield; Lynn Kleindienst, Springfield, Carol Mathison, Springfield; Susan Dole, Bunker Hill; Julie Kinsman
Back row: Cathy Boudreau, Massasoit; Jim Rice, Quinsigamond; Joe Rizzo, No. Essex; Bob Rodgers, Springfield; Roberta Albano, Springfield; Richard Parkin, Springfield

Massachusetts, and especially the MCCC, had the largest higher education contingency at the 1998 NEA Higher Education Conference held in Savannah, Georgia. Two workshops were facilitated by MCCC chapter president Susan Dole, MCCC President and Jim Rice, Secretary / Treasurer of the National Council for Higher Education(NCHE). In addition, the NCHE members elected Bill Murphy, president of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) to a two-year term on the NCHE Executive Committee.

Carolyn Tetrault, chapter president at Springfield Technical Community College and Richard Parkin, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College presented a workshop, At the Intersection of Governance and Quality. Their workshop focused on the process of how the college community completely revised their academic governance structure.

Nancy Morello, chapter president at Mass. Bay Community College presents the workshop, Value Added Unionism: A Union-Sponsored Teaching Center that focused on the teaching center created by the Mass. Bay chapter with the help of a $10,000 NEA grant.


Looking for a Job 

Just go to the MCCC Web site at http://www.tiac.net/users/mccc and click on Job Vacancies in Massachusetts Community Colleges. Any unit members who would like a copy of the vacancies faxed to them, they can send a request along with the college where they teach to the Communications Coordinator Fax 617-236-0448.

Have You Visited the
MCCC Web Page?

Take a stroll through the MCCC Web Page at http//:www.tiac.net/users/mccc that MCCC Vice President Phil Mahler has created and maintains. He has done a superb job. Countless hours have gone into the collection of the informaton and the creation fo the layout. You can read the bylaws, look at old MCCC Newsletters, view the committee structure, get information on upcoming events, and much more. take a moment and stop by. You will enjoy the high quality of the MCCC's page. If you would like to e-mail Phil Mahler, you can do it either through our web site or at mahlerp@middlesc.cc.ma.us.


MCCC Candidates Statements

CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT
Susan Dole, Counselor
Bunker Hill Community College

For the past two years, as president of the MCCC, I have had the opportunity to visit every campus and talk with hundreds of members. These discussions are important because they help me to understand clearly what you need and expect from the MCCC'. Two of the major themes of these conversations are classification and the next round of bargaining. Over the next few months, the primary focus of this organization is the classification study and the funding of the results. We are utilizing the combined resources of the MCCC, MTA, and NEA to secure a fair and equitable compensation program, This project has two major components: first, based upon the results of the research a system will be designed that will identify and correct long standing salary inequities for individual members; second, we will negotiate a salary schedule that is nationally normed upon which every member of the MCCC, once appropriately placed, will progress to the top. While at the same time, we are developing joint Day and DCE bargaining strategies that will creatively building upon strong contract language. With your continued support and cooperation, these coals are within our reach.

Thank you for allowing me to serve another term as President of the MCCC.

Phil Mahler,
Professor of Math
Middlesex Community College

I hope you will cast your vote in support for the work I have done for you for the last two years in this office.

Ways in which 1 have actively served the MCCC: Day Bargaining Team, member; Classification Issues Committee, member; Joint (Day/DCE) Distance Education Bargaining Team, chair; Joint Study Committee, chair; Operational Audit Review Committee, member; Board of Directors, member; Executive Committee, member; ad hoc Finance Committee, Chair; DCE Grievance Committee, member; Personnel Committee, member; Political Action Strategies Committee (PASC), co-chair.

In addition, I regularly attend Board of Higher Education meetings and am a member of three statewide non-MCCC committees representing the MCCC, officially in two cases, unofficially in the third: Community College Developmental Education Committee, Teaching and Learning Conference Committee, and the Chancellor's Mathematics Assessment subcommittee. I also created and maintain the MCCC web sit--I hope you have visited it.

I continue to work to establish some kind of group health insurance plan for part-time unit members. It is a disappointment to me that we have not achieved this yet, but we will persist in this effort. I welcome and seek you input, and I pledge to continue to work hard as vice president to support and facilitate the MCCC's goals and mission.

CANDIDATE FOR TREASURER
CANDIDATE FOR SECRETARY
Cathy Xanthaky Larson
Professor of Business
Middlesex Community College

I am a tenured, full professor at Middlesex Community College, in my 16th year of full-time teaching in the accounting area. During this time at Middlesex, I taught for 12 years in the Division of Continuing Education and served as treasurer and vice president of our local chapter of the MCCC.

My academic and professional background confirms my credentials to serve as treasurer. I have a B.S. in Business Administration from Salem State College and an MBA from Bentley College. Additionally, I am a CPA, having worked for the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse, and am a long-standing member of the American Institute of CPA's, American Accounting Association, Massachusetts Association of Accounting Professors, and Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (currently holding the office of vice president).

I am a dedicated and successful teacher. As evidence, in 1985 and 1990, Middlesex extension. students voted me "Faculty Member of the Year." I am a co-author of an accounting College textbook published by Irwin/McGraw-Hill, Berkshire and was invited to instruct at an accounting institute in Beijing, PRC.

I will always strive to serve the individual and collective needs of our members. I hope you will take the time to vote, and I would appreciate your support.

Phyllis Barrett,
Professor of English
Holyoke Community College

During the past two years, I have worked hard to fulfill the promise I made to keep accurate and informative minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. I have been gratified by every "Thank you" I have received from chapter leaders across the state who have said that the minutes have helped them to feel informed and involved.

Recently, I have been gathering the records of the MCCC's 22-year history in order to establish an organizational archive. This has been a fascinating project. I have found it hard simply to copy materials without browsing through years of important discussions, battles, and progress.

I am especially enthusiastic about the organizational changes recommended by the Operational Audit Review Committee. In fact, my primary reason for seeking a second term is my desire to help the MCCC in its metamorphosis from an enthusiastic adolescent to a mature adult union--one that is more efficient, more fiscally responsible, and more responsive to its membership. I would consider your vote a sign of your continuing support for my efforts on your behalf. Thank you!


DCE Income and Day Full-Time Retirement

Planning is under way to revitalize our efforts to include DCE income for the purpose of determining retirement income for full-time day MCCC members. The current DCE contract provided for a joint labor/ management committee to explore the possibility of including DCE income in determining full-time retirement benefits. As a result of those deliberations, the community college presidents agreed to formally ask the Retirement Board if such a plan could be implemented. The Board denied this request made by President Asquino, president of Mt. Wachusett Community College on behalf of the college presidents.

The MCCC will schedule a meeting with management to discuss possible options to pursue the matter. The state college MTA affiliate, MSCA, has been studying this issue relative to their full-time unit members and may pursue this benefit as well. It appears that legislation may be the only viable means of attaining this benefit.


Stop! Don 't Throw Those Ballots Away

Election Ballots are Out

All full- and part-time union members have received two sets of ballots during the past couple of weeks. Please review them and vote.
MCCC ballots are for MCCC Officers and MCCC delegates to the MTA Annual Meeting and the NEA Representative Assembly.
MTA ballots are for MTA members who are running for NEA Director and as delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly. This ballot is a self-mailer.

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!


Ratification Results of Contract Extension

The following are the results of the full-time day ratification vote on a one-year extension.

College

Yes

No

Abstain

Challenge

Berkshire

61

1

0

1

Bristol

43

5

0

0

Bunker Hill

68

5

2

0

Cape Cod

38

4

0

0

Greenfield

33

7

0

0

Holyoke

94

2

0

1

Mass. Bay

65

16

0

4

Massasoit

99

8

0

1

Middlesex

80

1

0

1

Mt. Wachusett

51

0

0

0

No. Shore

79

16

0

3

No. Essex

38

41

0

2

Quinsigamond

38

17

0

0

Roxbury

6

18

0

0

Springfield

128

2

0

6

Total

921

143

2

19


Know Your Contract

Mar. 5

Leave of absence applications due

Mar. 16

Dean's title change recommendations due

Mar. 16

Unit Personnel Practices Committee and administrative recommendations for tenure

Mar. 30

Department chair evaluations

Mar. 30

Preferred schedule and courses submitted

Mar. 31

Department chair vacancies announced

Apr. 6

Dean's leave of absence recommendations due

Apr. 15

Dean' s tenure recommendations due

Apr. 15

Title changes announced

N.B. Dates may vary depending on first day of classes. Also, most of these dates are "last date" standards. In many instances, the action can he accomplished before the date indicated.



MCCC Newsletter

Editor:
Catherine A. Boudreau

MCCC/MTA Newsletter
20 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

The MCCC Newsletter is a publication of the Massachusetts Community College Council. The Newsletter is intended to be an information source for the members of the MCCC and for other interested parties. The material in this publication may be reprinted with the acknowledgment of its source. For further information on issues discussed in this publication, contact Catherine Boudreau, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA 02402.

 


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