SUNY Seamless Mandate

Just when we thought we were making progress with our discussions concerning SUNY Seamless, the empty threats emanating from our Administration have taken a turn to desperation. In an act of utter contempt for the concerns of the faculty, students and community we serve, our Administration has asked the BOT to disregard our history of shared governance and give dictatorial powers to the Administration.

At the NCCFT General Faculty meeting yesterday, I spoke to you on the topic of SUNY Seamless. I reiterated the position of the NCCFT Executive Committee. We believe that SUNY Seamless is problematic in many ways, as previously posted on this website. The Faculty on this campus have risen to the challenges and were able to push back the implementation date by one year. This has given us time to reevaluate the consequences of the SUNY mandate and has allowed us to engage is honest and meaningful discussions. Of course, we recognize the authority of the Academic Senate and support the will of that body. President Debbie DeSanto also reminded us that the main concern of the NCCFT with respect to the implementation of this mandate is the effect on Full Time employment.

We received word that the BOT scheduled an Academic Affairs sub-committee meeting for Tuesday evening. The rumor was that the BOT was going to assume the responsibility for implementing SUNY Seamless. At the General Faculty meeting I quipped, “if you have never been to a BOT meeting, you might think this will work”.

Never did I imagine what was about to occur. At the BOT Academic Affairs meeting, the Administration presented to the BOT an outline discussing how the Academic Senate has been stonewalling any discussions on SUNY Seamless and how this has led to a crisis in meeting the timeline established by SUNY and the arbitrary timeline established by the Administration to program Banner, etc.  At these BOT committee meetings, the faculty are guests and sit in the audience. We do not have any right to speak. In order to speak, we must get the attention of the Committee Chair (whose back is to us) and ask for permission. Permission is not always granted.  Debbie, Lynn Mazzola and I finally brought enough attention to Dr. Gardyn to recognize us and he allowed us to speak.  The discussion became quite robust.  The Administration asked the BOT to give the Academic Senate a deadline to create a resolution bringing the campus into compliance this semester or, if the Senate does not comply, grant that authority to the Acting Executive Vice President.

And, the Board complied.

Frank Frisenda, NCCFT Vice President

 

October Update

 

  • The NCCFT received today the first draft of the new CBA from Ingerman Smith. We are working on finalizing the language of the CBA in spirit, intent and word.  This is a time consuming and an ongoing process.
  • The Academic Senate Executive Committee (ASEC) placed SUNY Seamless front and center for discussion at the opening session of the Academic Senate meeting, which took place on September 30, 2014. Many interesting viewpoints were expressed, many valuable insights were provided and many unanswered questions remain. It has been and continues to be the position of the NCCFT to support the will and authority of the Academic Senate.  In addition, the welfare of our members is of utmost importance.  Our primary objective is to protect jobs and prevent the loss of full-time lines.  Our past posts regarding SUNY Seamless have intended to educate our members on this initiative and the consequences that we will have to live with if we comply with the mandate as dictated by SUNY.  We are confident that the contributions of the NCCFT have been of assistance, with the succor of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, to the ASEC in their efforts and success in challenging SUNY’s ill-conceived mandate while we embark cautiously with collaborative discussions.
  • On October 2, 2014 the NCCFT held their annual New Faculty Luncheon.  It was so wonderful to welcome so many new union brothers and sisters from across the campus, including an entire table of LINCC Lecturers, to the NCCFT.  Several members expressed their appreciation for the recent CBA, understanding that the NCCFT is all about, for and driven by its members.  We are proud to report that we have increased our full-time faculty to 693 and that 692 are NCCFT members.  It was exciting to see the enthusiasm of our new union brothers and sisters who wish to become active members as they learned that the NCCFT is their bargaining voice and their advocates on the NCC campus. We welcome all, not just our newest members, to get involved as we continue to embrace new ideas and fresh perspectives as we grow and evolve toward the future. This is your union!  We stand stronger when we stand together!
  • Upcoming dates to note:
    • October 7, 2014 – NCCFT Executive Board Meeting at 11:30 am in room G-109
    • October 14, 2014 – NCCFT General Union Meeting at 11:30 am in the CCB-MPR

 

Member Shopping Program

NYSUT Oct14

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

As summer comes to a close and Fall is almost upon us, the NCCFT Executive Committee would like to update you on our activities since the end of the Spring semester. Your Executive Committee has been very busy with Union business during this time.  Please click the link below to open our Fall Welcome Letter and read about our recent work, ongoing activities, recent retirees, new hires, and the Fall 2014 calendar.

NCCFT 2014-2015 Welcome Letter

2014 NYSUT Endorsed NYS Senate Candidates With Primaries

2014 NYSUT Primary EndorsementsTo Find Your Senate District go to: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators

Disaster Relief – Rainstorm Victims


Many of our members’ homes on Long Island took a terrible beating from the recent torrential rain storm (13.6 inches of rain were recorded in 4 hours in the Islip area). Some of the pictures on television were reminiscent of the devastation caused by Sandy.

Members of NYSUT locals on Long Island and in other areas of the state affected by the recent flooding can access the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund application and instructions on how to make donations at: www.nysut.org/disasterrelief

 

NYS AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. 2014 Convention

  • On Monday August 18, 2014 the NYS AFL-CIO C.O.P.E. Convention in New York City was attended by delegates NCCFT President Debra DeSanto, Carmine DeSanto, Dawn Smith and Donna Hope.
  • Over 1,000 delegates and alternates attended the convention of which NYSUT, an affiliate of the state AFL-CIO, was represented at the convention by nearly 400 delegates.
  • Because of the strong numbers of participants, solidarity and support, we successfully carried our message from NYSUT’s Endorsement Conference to the NYS AFL-CIO.  This is proof that our Union is strongest when our members are engaged and mobilized. 
  • There are 63 Senate and 150 Assembly races to watch in 2014. The New York State AFL-CIO endorsed state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for reelection this fall.
  • One of the most heated challenges was that of Senate District 8.  Dave Dennenberg won the endorsement by a tight two-thirds vote.   
  • Notably missing from the list was Andrew Cuomo, a Democratwho was endorsed in 2010. The New York State AFL-CIO did not endorse Cuomo in the race for governor.   Democratic candidates have long relied on support from organized labor, but Cuomo has had a more contentious relationship with unions.   
Our Political Action Committee (PAC) will be posting the list of recommended endorsements in the near future.

NYSUT Conference on Endorsements 2014

Frank Frisenda, NCCFT VP and VOTE COPE Coordinator, and Dawn Smith, NCCFT PAC Co-Chair, attended the NYSUT Conference on Endorsements 2014 in Albany on August 11 and 12.

  • For the past several months, the NYSUT Board of Directors and Board PAC leaders vet candidates to make endorsement recommendations for Congress, Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Senate and Assembly
  • On Monday, these endorsements were presented to the V/C Coordinators and ED PAC leaders. This was a lively discussion and several changes were made to the NYS Senate and Assembly endorsements
  • Afterwards, on Monday evening, we all boarded buses and went to the steps of the NYS Education Department for a rally opposing the privatization of Public Education – “Public education, NOT private profits!”
  • Tuesday morning the local Presidents or their designees, ED PAC leaders, V/C Coordinators, NYSUT leaders and staff attended a “Fall Election Discussion” meeting to discuss the process. This discussion was dominated by various proposals as to the endorsement of Governor. There was NO support for Cuomo
  • Afterwards, we broke into workshops. Frank attended the workshop describing NYSUT’s current legal challenges: Tax-Cap, AARP, Pearson gag-order, Wright v State of NY and Davids v State of NY (this is the Campbell Brown inspired attack on due process aka the Vergara copycat suit). It is notable that NYSUT is being proactive in fighting back politically and legally on issues that are near and dear to us. Going to the NYSUT website and signing up for Member Action Center, will keep members informed and promote activism
  • Dawn attended the “7 strategies for Using Social and Mainstream Media to Engage your members” workshop on using Social Media. They discussed using Facebook because it is the prime social network and why locals should have a Facebook page and use it often.  The workshop covered using images, scheduling advance content, handling criticism, using Google alerts and keeping out of trouble
  • We then broke out in Regional “meeting and recommendations” sessions (Nassau/Suffolk) and discussed the VC/PAC updated endorsements. Dawn and Frank argued successfully for candidates that have been friends to NCCFT.  More on this at another time. Again, the process of the Governor’s endorsement became heated and went into overtime for close to two hours. Other meetings had to continue without the LI delegation, but NYSUT held off any discussions that impacted us until we completed our process.
  • Our endorsement recommendations, along with all the other regional recommendations, will go to the NYSUT Board of Directors on Wednesday for their consideration and final decisions. These decisions will be brought to the AFL/CIO convention next week and hopefully the NYS House of Labor will stand together. We shall see.

NYSUT endorsements will be published as soon as they are finalized.

Watch for a follow-up report on the NYS AFL-CIO COPE Convention to be attended by delegates NCCFT President Debra DeSanto, Carmine DeSanto, Dawn Smith and Donna Hope.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Approved by Legislature

Today the full Legislature of Nassau County met and approved the NCCFT CBA.  It was a long, complex and time-consuming process.  A special thank you to those members of the NCCFT who were also in attendance at today’s meeting.

After last week’s Legislative Committee meetings and in anticipation of approval by the full body, the NCCFT office contacted NCC’s Interim VP of Finance to secure dates for payment of retroactive monies.

We were informed that there is still a lengthy process before any payments can be made.

We will update you when additional information is received.

In solidarity

Debra DeSanto

President NCCFT

Update on Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

The process to get the CBA approved by the county is complex and time consuming.  There is much behind the scene work that goes into placing the CBA on the legislative calendar and moving the item out of the Legislative Committees.  I have been working very closely with all parties to move the process along.

Today, Jim Hoyt, Caroline Falconetti and I spent the day in Mineola attending the Legislative Committee meetings.  In addition to attending the sessions, we were there to address any last minute concerns.

The item was approved at the committee level and will now be moved to the full legislature for approval.

Additional details to follow.

In solidarity

Debbie