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May 2018


FYI: Highlights from the Executive Council and other news of note


  • Good to know!
    AAUP Advocacy Chapter: It has come to the FA's attention that an application has been submitted to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for an advocacy chapter charter. Although anyone can submit such application, not every application results in a charter. As of the date of this newsletter, AAUP has not created any charter for a Suffolk County Community College chapter. Going forward, it is the FA's understanding that AAUP intends to follow both the language and the spirit of a joint organizing agreement currently in place between AAUP and the AFT, our national affiliate.

  • FA and Benefit Fund summer hours: The FA office will be open this summer on Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of being closed from July 2 to July 6.

    The Benefit Fund office will be open this summer on Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the same exception of being closed from July 2 to July 6.

  • Summer 2018 adjunct/overload pay dates: Faculty working during the upcoming summer terms can expect to be paid as follows:

    • First five-week session: June 21
    • Eight-week session: July 5 and July 19
    • Second five-week session: August 2
    PA, library and other assignments will be paid on all four summer payrolls. Counselors will be paid according to their counseling schedule.

  • Promotion deadline: The deadline for full-time faculty applying for promotion effective September 2019 is June 15. Faculty must submit three copies of their A Form: the original to their campus executive dean, one copy to their academic chair or supervisor and one copy to the FA. Questions should be directed to Executive VP Sean Tvelia:
  • 2018-19 holidays: The following represents the paid holidays for counselors, librarians, PAs, specialists and coordinators for the upcoming academic year.
Fall 2018  
September 3 Labor Day
November 22 Thanksgiving Day
November 23 Thanksgiving
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
Spring 2019  
January 1 New Year’s Day
January 21 Martin Luther King’s Birthday
February 18 Presidents’ Day
May 27 Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day (twelve-month faculty)

Plus there are three (3) unscheduled holidays for librarians, counselors, coordinators, professional assistants, and specialists. The unscheduled holidays will be added to N or U days, which can be used for any reason including for religious observances.

The following is a summary of the 2018-19 N and U days:

Counselors and librarians 35 + 3 =38 N days
Ten-month coordinators (lab) 42 + 3 =45 N days
Ten-month professional assistants and specialists 9 + 3 =12 U days*
Twelve-month coordinators (instructional) 7 + 3 =10 U days
Twelve-month counselors 35 + 3 =38 N days
Twelve-month professional assistants & specialists 7 + 3 =10 U days
* See Article IV.A.17

  • 2018-19 non-classroom faculty work year: Executive VP Sean Tvelia requests that nonclassroom faculty ask their administrators to inform them by June 1 what their work year will be in the next academic year. As per the FA contract,

    “The College agrees to notify librarians, counselors, [and]... 10 month professional assistants of the starting date of the new work year for each discipline by the preceding June 1 of each year... The work year shall be... from 10 or fewer working days prior to September 1 through the same number of working days prior to June 30.”
  • Fall 2018 classes and Convocation dates: Please note that day classes begin on Tuesday, September 4, with Convocation on the afternoon of that same day.
  • EC meeting dates: EC representatives should plan to attend monthly meetings in the upcoming academic year on the following dates. Most meetings are held on Thursdays at 3:45 in the Southampton Building at Ammerman.
Fall 2018 Spring 2019
August 30 at 10 am February 14
September 13 (if needed) March 14
October 11 April 11
November 8 May 9
December 13 May 31 at 1 pm

  • Sean Tvelia stepping down as Executive Vice President: VP Sean Tvelia has announced to the EC that he has been nominated to serve as chair of the Ammerman department of physical sciences and chose to accept that nomination. Running unopposed, he will thus be chair and a member of the Guild as of August 2018.

    The FA is grateful for his service as grievance officer and executive VP. During his tenure as an FA officer, he has helped hundreds of our members with many contractual issues and with the promotion process. His service in representing the FA on the Employee Medical Health Plan (EMHP) has been invaluable.

    Sean's involvement, knowledge and passion for labor and union activism will be missed by the FA. Congratulations to Sean on his election as chair. We know the department of physical sciences will benefit from his leadership.

    After he begins as academic chair, the Executive Council will appoint a new officer at the August 31 meeting.