UFE Membership Update, March 2020

Mar 5, 2020. Greetings UFE members! In case you haven’t heard, House Bill 1888 passed and is on to the governor for his signature. House Bill 1888 closes a loophole in the Public Records Act and helps protect the privacy and safety of school employees and other public workers. See this link for more info: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1888&Year=2019&Initiative=false Grace Huerta–UFE Chair______________________________________ February, 2020 — Hi UFE Members! The UFE hosted a winter social on Friday evening, Feb. 28, 2020. Thanks to everyone in attendance. In other news, the UFE held a membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. The purpose of the meetingRead More

My UFE Story: Julie Levin Russo

Before coming to Evergreen, I was most familiar with academic life at Brown University (where I did my graduate work and also adjuncted) and at Stanford University (where I taught for two years as a visitor). Needless to say, neither of these institutions have faculty unions. Both have a far higher degree of polarization amongst faculty and between faculty and administration, weaker faculty governance and more dictatorial administrations, and more inequitable working conditions than Evergreen. Moreover, these issues represent a devastating trend in US higher education toward neoliberal models of the university, where administrators are seen as managers whoseRead More

CBA Re-opener Ratified

2019 CBA Reopener:  On May 22, 2019, the UFE membership and the TESC management (in behalf of the BOT) ratified the 2018-21 CBA Re-opener Agreement (TA). The vote count was 86Y/3N (89 total; 3 votes were submitted after the voting deadline & not included in this total). In sum, 89 voters represented a UFE ratification turnout of 74% with 97% of voters voting to ratify the re-opener TA. See details of the new contract items in the re-opener in the post below…

UFE & TESC Reach a TA on the CBA Limited Reopener!

DIGEST: LIMITED REOPENER SUMMARY AND HIGHLIGHTS 9 May 2019 The UFE Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding with The Evergreen State College on the limited reopener to the Collective Bargaining Agreement as specified in Article 30.1 (CBA, p. 68). This MOU will remain in effect for the final two years of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2018-21). All other articles addressed in the CBA remain the same, including summer workshops and sabbaticals. Negotiations with the college continued during spring quarter and concluded on WednesdayRead More

The UFE Is Now 13-Years-Old & Still Pitching In

June 14, 2018. The 2018-21 CBA is Ratified by the UFE! The UFE membership and the Board of Trustees (BOT) ratified the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the UFE bylaws, agreements are ratified by a majority of those members voting. To see the voting results, click here. _________________ June 8, 2018. Greetings UFE Members.  We have a Tentative Agreement!  The digest (summary) outlining the major changes to the CBA, as well as the full CBA can be found at: https://www.ufevergreen.org/2018-ta-docs/ We sent out an email Thursday as a written notice of the ratification meeting. In accordance with our UFERead More

Bargaining Update – April 18, 2018

As many of you know, the UFE is back at the bargaining table. Last spring, the administration and the UFE bargained a one-year successor agreement. We had hoped for a multiyear contract. However, the events of Spring 2017 led the administration to only agree to a one-year contract. The 2017-18 CBA maintained existing language while adding a modest compensation gain based on state budget funding. In addition, a separate MOU was ratified to require faculty development on institutional racism and cultural competency. The MOU implementation began this academic year, 2017-18. In the current bargain, the UFE is negotiating in theRead More

Collective Bargaining Begins 2018!

Greetings! On Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 the UFE Bargaining Team (which includes Stephen Beck, Jon Davies [b-team chair], Gary McNeil [lead negotiator], Grace Huerta, Laurie Meeker, Miranda Mellis and Julie Russo) met with members of the TESC administration to begin collective bargaining and negotiate a successor contract. This contract follows the UFE and TESC ratification of the Fall 2017 tentative agreement which was overwhelmingly supported by our voting members in September.  You can read the full digest below where the complete elements of the TA and the new professional development MOU are described. Key components of the 2017-2018 TARead More

UFE 2017 Winter Quarter Update

Greetings UFE members. Here is a Winter quarter update. Yesterday, Feb. 21, President Bridges issued his comments regarding TESC’s actions to support undocumented students on our campus (see his statement below). I want to thank our students, staff and UFE members who have been out-front with President Bridges when addressing such issues as: the presence of ICE on our campus; undocumented student support services; the status of undocumented student records; undocumented student access to in-state & TESC need grants, and; seeking opportunities for student, faculty and staff training. Since last November, our Evergreen community has worked together to ensureRead More

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