Faculty Senate

April 23, 2009

Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers

3:30 p.m. – 325 Graff Main Hall

 

 

I.    Roll Call.

Present: M. Abler, R. Ahmed, S. Brokaw, D. Buffton, V. Crank, G. Cravins, S. Crutchfield, L. Dickmeyer, T. Gendreau, J. Heim, D. Hoskins, R. LeDocq, A. Loh, C. Miller, P. Miller, J. Miskowski, A. Olson, B. Riley, S. Shillinger, D. Sullivan, B. Van Voorhis

Excused: J. Anderson, J. Holman, B. Udermann

 

II.   Approval of Minutes – April 9, 2009.  Approved.

 

III. Reports.

 

            A.        Chair’s Report

            The Senate’s resolution on the Auxiliary Fund raid has been sent to the area delegations. 

            The SEC has been meeting with the major groups and individuals involved in the DES bylaw suspension.  After hearing all the positions, the SEC last week unanimously reaffirmed is support of the Provost’s actions with respect to the DES.

            Legislators are on campus tomorrow from 1-2 p.m. in Port-o-Call.

            Dean R. Benson explained that the closing of the MEPD non-certification program will be removed from Senate discussion and placed “on hold” until there is word about a possible grant, which, if funded, would involve maintaining that MEPD program.  The proposal to close the Reading graduate program, all three tracks, has not yet been heard by the GCC and so will be tabled until the GCC takes action on it.

 

            B.         Provost/Vice-Chancellor’s Report

            No report.

 

C.        Faculty Representative’s Report

            The Joint Finance Committee will complete its work by the end of May.  Faculty should periodically visit their website for updates.

 

                        D.        Student Representative’s Report

            The Collegiate Readership Program was voted down.   Students voted to use Pepsi funds to help pay for a solar water heater for the new academic building.  There will be a special referendum on the Student Association’s new constitution.  New Senate elections were held.

 

IV. Nominees to the Search & Screen Committee for the Director of the School of Education.

 

Members

Dan Duquette

Barb Gander

Jon Hasenbank

Gary Walth

KT Willhite

 

Alternates

Rob Dixon

Mary Tollefson

Marcie Wycoff-Horn

 

There was a motion from the SEC to approve the above nominees and alternates.

Motion Passed.

 

V.  New Minor in Archaeology (Kim Vogt).

This comes as a motion from the UCC.

Motion Passed.

 

VI.  Approval of the Elimination of the Graduate Reading Program (all 3 concentrations).

Motion to table the discussion

M/S/P.

 

VII. Mission Statement.

            R. LeDocq reviewed the “UW-L Select Mission Statement: Survey Results, Spring 2009.”

 

Motion:  The Faculty Senate supports the adoption of either mission statement version 1 or version 4, with a preference for version 1. 

M/S/P.

 

IX. Collective Bargaining Resolution.  [out of order from the published agenda]  (T. Hench and E. Denlinger).

A motion to approve the following, Resolution 1, comes from IAS Committee:

 

Resolution [#1] on Legislative Proposals

Relating to Collective Bargaining by University of Wisconsin System Faculty and Academic Staff

 

Whereas, historically all faculty and academic staff of the University of Wisconsin System have been treated as one group for purposes of salary increases and changes in fringe benefits, and

 

Whereas, legislation enabling collective bargaining for the UW System faculty and academic staff continues to be introduced that would create separate collective bargaining units for the faculty and academic staff on each campus, and

 

Whereas, separate collective bargaining units for the faculty and the academic staff will place faculty and academic staff in competition for salary and fringe benefits, and

 

Whereas, any legislative proposal that establishes separate faculty and academic staff collective bargaining units but provides a mechanism for combining these two units does not guarantee, and only provides false hope, that these units will combine,

 

Therefore be it resolved that the Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse opposes any legislative proposals that would establish an academic staff collective bargaining unit separate from the faculty collective bargaining unit on the same campus.

 

            Resolution 2, below, was also under consideration:

 

Resolution [#2] on Legislative Proposals

Relating to Collective Bargaining by University of Wisconsin System Faculty and Academic Staff

 

Whereas, historically all faculty and academic staff of the University of Wisconsin System have been treated as one group for purposes of salary increases and changes in fringe benefits, and

 

Whereas, legislation currently under development enabling collective bargaining for the UW System faculty and academic staff could require separate collective bargaining units for the faculty and academic staff, and

 

Whereas, separate collective bargaining units for UW faculty and academic staff could place faculty and academic staff in competition with each other for salary and fringe benefits,

 

Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse supports only such collective bargaining legislation that would secure the right of faculty and academic staff on each campus—or across campuses, if desired—to independently form whatever bargaining units they desire.

 

These resolutions express different preferences regarding whether faculty and academic staff should be required to bargain as a unit, or whether there should be flexibility in creating bargaining units.  The Academic Staff Council passed a resolution against any bill that would allow separation of academic staff and faculty.  TAUWP is opposed to any legislation that would make it impossible for faculty and academic staff to join together, but TAUWP wants to leave the decision to the faculty and academic staff. 

            There is some concern and confusion regarding how the “academic staff” category in the legislation would be defined.  The System does not recognize a difference between academic staff and IAS.  However, UW-L has a unique system that places IAS under the governing procedures of the faculty.

           

Motion: to table both resolutions on the senate website and get a sense of the Senate.

M/S/P.

 

Sense of the Senate:  Do we favor Resolution 1 or Resolution 2?

A majority of the Senate supported the second resolution.

 

VIII. Update: UWL Chapter 10 Discussions (K. Hoar and E. Denlinger).

            Because System Legal has problems with the revised wording for Chapters 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13, there will be no votes on the IAS proposed policy changes until the next school year.   The proposed language for these policies separates IAS from AS in ways not allowed by System policy, so the language must be revised to blend these categories again.

            System Legal will not let us take out the “renewal not intended” language from contracts.

            Chapter 10 has been approved by our administration and by System.  Next month’s contracts will reflect this.

 

X.  Old Business.

 

XI. New Business.

 

XII.  Adjournment at 4:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Crutchfield