February 8, 2006

Dear Colleague: 

A general membership meeting of The College of New Jersey Federation of Teachers, Local 2364, AFT, will be held on Wednesday, February 15 from 3 to 4:45 in Armstrong Hall, 130. All faculty, including full-time, part-time and adjunct, librarians and AFT professional staff are invited to attend.

The main agenda item relates to the manner in which faculty should account for how they use their “research/scholarship” time which is the “automatic” portion of their assigned load. ( See Table 3, page 5 of the attachment ) Because of the complexity of this issue, it would be best if you were able to review version 5.6 of draft MOA # 62 prior to the membership meeting. It will be posted at http://www.tcnj.edu/~aft/moa/moa62-v56-012506.pdf  by Thursday, February 9th.

Included in this version will be he Provost’s proposal to institute a process where faculty would submit a plan of what they intend to do the next academic year in order to meet the requirements of the  “research/scholarship” category. ( lines 48 to 52 of the attachment ).  This provision generated considerable discussion at a meeting of department chairs and program coordinators two weeks ago and the academic leaders meeting last week. Many questions were raised by faculty who attended those meetings and their suggestions will be very helpful as we continue negotiations on the curriculum transformation MOA.

The current version of this draft MOA # 62, version 5.6, which covers all aspects of our curriculum transformation, will be available for your review by Thursday, February 9th. You will be notified by email when it has been posted on the Local’s website.

The draft “Faculty Work” form proposed by the Provost will be included as well. At both the chairs’ and academic leaders’ meetings, he indicated a willingness to continue the conversation on how both the reporting process and form could be improved.

We have been working to finalize this tentative agreement for the past 2 years and since the majority of it was implemented when the curriculum was transformed, the time has arrived to conclude these negotiations. In order to do this we must make considerable progress resolving any outstanding issues at this membership meeting. Please try to attend and participate in these discussions. Your input is valuable.

Another item on the agenda is a review of the Local’s current budget and the one to be proposed FY 2007. If you have any additional items to suggest for the meeting’s agenda, please let me know by Monday, Feb 13. 

In solidarity,

Ralph Edelbach, President, TCNJFT, Local 2364, AFT