Officers attending: Cindy Beckett, President; Jackie Myers, Vice President; Fred Thomas, Secretary
Senators attending: Derek Allen, James Brooks, Frank Clay, Ryan Murphy, Art Ross, Marsha Wamsley, Charles C. Williams
Senators not attending: Susan Callender, Myra Grinner, Amanda Romero, Marti Shapiro, Tom Singer
Others attending: Laurel Mayer, Ned Young
Cindy called the special meeting to order at 3:02 in Room 2334
1. Officers’ Report
Cindy distributed draft copies of an article for the Faculty Forum and asked Senators for their suggestions. Included in the article were summaries of faculty opinions about two pending proposals, one to increase maximum workload hours from 66 to 72 per academic year and the other to proceed with decentralizing the college-wide merit system. In each case, a majority of the faculty comments received were opposed to the change. In the article, Cindy expressed her strong desire for more faculty members to participate actively in decisions of this sort. Senators expressed their support for the points Cindy made in the article, particularly with regard to the need for more faculty participation in shared governance of the College.
Cindy welcomed Ned Young who briefly summarized the previous FITs agreement and the current status of discussions with the administration. There was extensive and vigorous discussion about goals and strategies for the 2005-06 agreement. Major issues discussed included:
· rising inflation rates
· rising health care costs (both payroll deductions and out-of-pocket costs)
· declining competitiveness of Sinclair salaries with respect to national and Ohio benchmarks
· difficulties in hiring new faculty at Sinclair’s current starting salaries
· possible difficulties in moving faculty to closure (“redline”) within the promised time period
· questions of fairness in how pay increases have been distributed among faculty at different ranks and pay levels
· pay rates for lab and clinical hours
· the problem that full-time faculty salaries and benefits may be perceived as the College’s major cost when these actually account for less than 32% of the total cost of educating students
Ned will return regularly to Senate as the FITs discussions continue.
The meeting adjourned at 4:03.
Submitted by Fred Thomas
Approved by Senate, March 9, 2005