American Association of University Professors
Minutes of the fall meeting, October 26, 2002
The fall meeting was convened at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Hays State University, in the Trails Room of the Memorial Union. The Kansas Conference was welcomed to the campus by the local chapter President, Rich Hughen and by the President of Fort Hays State University, Dr. Edward Hammond. In a break with tradition, the agenda called for a brief business meeting before lunch.
The business meeting began with the conference president, Joe Yanik, presiding. Sometimes it seems as if there are too many presidents. The agenda was approved and the meeting proceeded.
- The minutes of the spring meeting (April 20, 2002) were distributed to all attendees. After reviewing the minutes it was moved by Rob Catlett (ESU) that the minutes be approved as written. The motion was seconded and it passed.
- The treasurer's report was distributed to the members present. After the treasurer briefly explained the report, Elmer Hoyer (WSU-emeritus) moved that the report be approved. The motion was seconded and it passed.
- Elmer Hoyer offered a Committee A report. He said that progress is being made with the on-line database for Kansas Conference Committee A (KCCA) case reports. Dr. Hoyer stated that there would be four levels of access to the database. The lowest level is where almost everyone could get access to the posted general (very general) information, but at this
level the individual could not change anything. The highest level of access is the most secure and is reserved for the system administrator who will have the authority to change almost anything in the system. The KCCA database (web-site) is almost ready for use.
- The next item of business was the election of the president-elect for the Kansas Conference. Donna Potts (KSU) was nominated, with her approval, and since there were no further nominations it was moved by Elmer Hoyer to elect her by acclamation. It was seconded and the motion carried. We congratulate Donna and thank her for her willingness to serve.
- Note: At the fall meeting (2001) an ad hoc committee was formed to seek answers as to why the Committee A activities of 2000 went somewhat awry. The committee [Jim Hamilton (KSU), Lyman Baker (KSU) and Bob Neufeld (McPherson)] was not ready to offer a report at the spring 2002 meeting, nor at this meeting. Perhaps we can get a report at the spring 2003 meeting.
- The business meeting was adjourned for a very good reason - lunch.
- Our keynote speaker, during lunch, was Janet West of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Her experience in collective bargaining goes back a couple of decades. We are pleased that she was willing to share her experience and her wisdom with us. After lunch Janet West's presentation evolved into a panel discussion. The discussion was lively and enthusiastic. Rich Hughen, one of the panelists, offered some prepared comments regarding some of the myths (mis-perceptions) regarding collective bargaining at FHSU and elsewhere.
One especially interesting question asked during the panel discussion was "What do the faculty lose if the campus goes to collective bargaining? The answer was 1) your dues go up, and 2) there is more work to do than before. More important is the question, what do you gain? There can be many gains, but three very simple gains are: 1) The Administration cannot ignore your organization as they might, and often do, other campus organizations. 2) You are empowered to help faculty with
problems (grievances) in ways that were not possible before, 3) Academic freedom and tenure have additional protections not available without collective bargaining. Of course there are potentially many other gains as well - such as salary enhancement.
- The normal campus reports were deferred until the spring conference meeting.
- The Spring Conference meeting was tentatively scheduled for April 12 at Washburn University. The plan is to invite the faculty senate presidents from each of the colleges/universities with an AAUP chapter (but, including PSU). This will enable us to have a comparison of the governance structures at each institution. The meeting was peacefully adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Rich Hughen (FHSU)