NYSUT’s ED 39, the unit of NYSUT that covers community colleges, held its spring meeting in the WCC Student Center Event Space on May 31 and June 1.
Ellen Schuler Mauk, executive member of NYSUT, addressed the convention.
Among the issues discussed were “seamless transfer” and the “Open SUNY” initiatives.
Five members of the WCCFT Executive Board participated.
Here are some photos of the event.
The union board met over a two day period on May 22nd and May 23rd to discuss issues facing the union as we enter into the latter part of 2013. Among the topics discussed were:
- Current labor-management issues facing all of us at the college.
- The big issues related to contract negotiation
- Increasing union presence and visibility
- Recruiting members for committee activities
- Succession planning
- Widespread use of the sunywccft.org website to enable two-way communication so that any member can publish to all other members.
Our meeting included a special session devoted to adjunct issues that included but was not limited to:
- Access to fulltime positions
- Gate-keeping – preventing adjuncts from rising to senior status
- Job security
- Health Care
- Fulltime/Adjunct Unity
- Status of the profession
- Impact of full/part time staffing ratios on student learning
- Presenting a strong unified front during negotiations
On Tuesday the 21st of May, local 9202 of the CSEA which represents staff workers at Westchester Community College demonstrated for a new contract. The event occurred between 4:00pm and 7:00 pm at the East Grasslands entrance to the college by the former guard house.Their goal was simple – to inform the general public of Unit 9202’s mission to gain a fair contract from the administration.
Also present in support of local 9202 were Mel Bienenfeld, Judy Langer and Dennis Ramos, president, vice-president, and executive board member respectively of the Westchester Community College Federation of Teachers.
Many WCCFT members turned out for a luncheon the union held for Westchester County legislators on Wednesday, May 1. Joining us in the Technology Lounge were Ken Jenkins, chairman of the Board of Legislators, along with BOL members Michael B. Kaplowitz and Mary Jane Shimsky. BOL members David B. Gelfarb, Michael J. Smith, Gordon A. Burrows, and James Maisano were represented by aides.
Before introducing featured speaker, Chairman Jenkins, WCCFT president Mel Bienenfeld summarized some of the challenges we and our students must contend with in the context of government’s diminishing commitment to supporting higher education.After Jenkins’ speech, our members were able to ask many questions as well as lobby the legislators to increase their awareness of the service we provide to their constituents and of the obstacles we face.
During the luncheon, winners of recent union elections and winners of the union’s student scholarship contest were announced. The three student scholarship winners each spoke briefly about their lives.