Sunday, February 11, 2018

Status of proposals 2/10/2018

Proposal topic
Description
Status
Recognition
NSHE recognizes NFA as bargaining agent for CSN faculty.
Agreed
Saving Clause
If part of the contract is legally invalidated, that does not invalidate the whole contract.
Agreed
Distribution of the Agreement
Administration agrees to post the CBA on the CSN website and to inform new hires about the CBA.
Agreed
Overload Requests
A request to work zero up to and including four IUs shall be granted. From above four up to and including six overload IUs may be granted by the Department Chair with the Dean's approval.
Agreed
Safety
Administration agrees to provide a safe and clean working environment; faculty can raise safety concerns, have the right to a written response; if a faculty member has concern for the safety of her/himself and/or students, he/she has the right to dismiss class if necessary; NFA will have an appointee on the CSN Safety and Security Committee.
Agreed
Dues Deduction
NSHE agrees to continue current dues deduction practice for NFA; provide monthly deduction reports and inform NFA of cancellations.
Agreed
MFA as Grade 5
Faculty members with MFA degrees meeting certain quality-control criteria will be placed in Grade 5 for salary purposes.
Agreed
Market Hires
Market Hires employed for five or more years will be able to apply for tenure following normal procedures.
Agreed
Relocation Expense
Allocates $25,000/year to reimburse new hires from out of town for moving expenses.
Agreed
Emeritus Status
Incorporate current Emeritus Status policy into the CBA.
Agreed
Work out of Title
Faculty member has the right to decline without prejudice work outside of normal work duties or hours. Compensation for additional work should be agreed at the time of acceptance. Faculty not to be made to perform menial tasks.
Agreed
Salary
Several aspects: 1) specify procedures and amount of money to be distributed via equity review processes; 2) increase overload pay; 3) salary placement criteria should be published, accessible, and equitable.
Open
Arbitration
A standard Arbitration article, to serve as the last step in a dispute as to whether the CBA has been properly followed. NFA proposes a neutral third-party be the final adjudicator of disputes that reach this stage.
Open
Grievance Procedure
A standard Grievance Procedure for resolving disputes as to whether the CBA has been properly followed.
Open
Summer Teaching
Institute a transparent and equitable system for assigning summer classes; increase summer pay.
Open
Benefits
Create a sick leave bank to protect faculty in case extended medical leave is needed; allow long-term faculty's sick days to be cashed out according to a formula upon severance of employment; establish three weeks of paid parental leave in addition to FMLA; various other aspects.
Open
Contact Hours
Increase the IU value multiplier for Clinic/Lab/Studio and Clinic Supervision.
Open
Non-Discrimination
Affirm and make contractually binding CSN's commitment to non-discrimination.
Open
Hiring
Specifies the hiring process. Allow faculty committee to mark candidates as “do not hire;” give faculty committee equal weight to second committee in final hiring decision; reimburse meal expenses; require more than one reference check.
Open
Discipline and Termination
Establish a due process procedure for discipline of employees: lesser disciplinary sanctions to be adjudicated by a faculty committee, terminations to be adjudicated at the last step by a neutral third-party arbitrator.
Open
Financial Exigency
Modifies the process specified in NSHE Code for declaring and acting on a state of financial emergency to lay off faculty, to provide for additional faculty voice and Chancellor's review.
Open
Contract Types
NFA's counter to Administration's proposal on “Faculty Engagement.” Specifies the work content of A, B, and B+ contracts as per current policy, as well as pay-rate changes for moving between them.
Open
Librarians
Reinstate compensation of 1 IU for Site Coordinators; establish that librarian always has the right to work on a contract of the type he/she was hired on; librarians to be academic faculty falling under the purview of Academic Affairs.
Open
Counselors
Protect counselor tenure and status as academic faculty; counselors to remain assigned to the academic schools; appropriate safety assurances to be made; single, functional recording mechanism for student contacts.
Open
Program Directors
Specify duties and authority of Program Directors; establish floor for IU compensation of Program Directors, as well as a stipend.
Open
Department Chairs
Specify duties, authority, compensation of Department Chairs, all as per current policy. Change election procedure so that candidates cannot be disqualified after votes are cast.
Open
Professional Development
Human Resources to keep a record of faculty member's work toward salary advancement; other aspects regarding administrative support for professional development, including sabbatical leave.
Open
Academic Freedom
Incorporate current Academic Freedom policy into the CBA, with a standard Academic Responsibility clause.
Open
Faculty Offices
All faculty to have the right to a functional office on the campus on which they do the majority of their teaching.
Open
Faculty Info Handbook
Info Handbook to be updated yearly; NFA to be consulted as part of the update process.
Open
E-Hires
E-Hires to be offered service work; E-Hires performing service work or not properly offered service work eligible to apply time worked to tenure clock if later hired in a tenure-track position.
Open
Shared Governance
Make Faculty Senate policies binding while in effect; require written notice of President rescinding policy to be provided to all Faculty Senators; NFA and Administration to consult on CB-related matters at request of either party; provide office space and release IUs to NFA
Open
Successorship
Establish protections against outsourcing faculty; establish CBA duration as well as aspects of modification and re-negotiation of the CBA.
Open
Immigration Status
Faculty not to be required to report the immigration status of members of the CSN community nor deny students' services based on immigration status.
Open
Policies and Practices
A preamble describing the role of the CBA and its relationship to existing NSHE Code, policies, and practices.
Open