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This is George Williams, a Lecturer in the English Department. I currently teach online, have been employed at CSU for the past 25 years, and have been an active member in a number of university committees.
I have been a member of the union contract negotiating team for the past three negotiated contracts, and I am deeply concerned over the recent negotiations and contract settlement. As a result I am asking you to support Dr. “Pancho” McFarland in the upcoming union elections for chapter president. I believe the CSU union needs a change of leadership and “Pancho” with his background in Sociology and labor activism presents a welcome change.
The union negotiating team consisted of six members: Ms. Jamie Daniel (union negotiater), Dr. Laurie Walter, Dr. Gabriel Gomez, Dr. Beverly Meyer, Ms. Romona Raymond, and myself. The team met for a year with CSU administration’s team led by Dr. Patrick Cage. A major negotiating issue was integrating the College of Pharmacy in the existing contract. Suddenly, however, the union negotiating team was excluded from the final 4 negotiation sessions during which Laurie Walter and Ellie Sullivan met with Dr. Watson at his request. Results of those sessions were post-tenure review, a nominal salary increase, and a 5 year contract.
Such sessions, I believe, were poor form and resulted in a contract that was rushed through membership approval without allowing membership adequate time for analysis. Also, items that had been on the table failed to appear in the final contract.
Additionally, Dr. Walter has refused to participate in a Q & A or debate session with her rival for the chapter presidency.
I believe a change to a pro-active leadership is necessary. Witness the latest fiasco concerning the CSU computer usage policy.
On Wednesday, January 4, faculty received an email from Administration informing us that we had to sign a certification.
Our chapter president 6 days later, on Thursday, January 12, sent us an email informing us that she had sent the “powers-that-be a demand to bargain this change in working conditions”.
Then on Thursday, January 26, we received an email from the union president saying “Members who have not yet signed [the Computer Usage Policy certification] should do so, adding ‘I am signing this policy under protest.’”