Following the decertification election ballot count April 16, 2013, AFMSU, MEA-MFT, AFT, and NEA state and national leaders have been deliberating and performing due diligence in reviewing of the decertification procedures. It is now determined there is no evidence to substantiate an objection and therefore the results of the decertification election will stand. Tenure and Tenure Track faculty lost the battle to retain their union contract and union bargaining rights. The contract and all of its legally protected provisions no longer exists for Tenure and Tenure Track faculty. AFMSU will continue to operate and represent Non-Tenure Track faculty who are .5 FTE or greater and negotiations on a Non-Tenure Track successor contract are scheduled to commence in May.
Letter from AFMSU to all Tenure/TenureTrack Faculty April 25, 2013.
All Member Assembly Minutes – April 18, 2013
Co-Presidents Kari Cargill and Sandy Osborne chaired the meeting of the membership which included both NTT and TT faculty. In attendance also were Tom Burgess and Eric Feaver from MEA-MFT.
In regards to the decertification vote of the TT bargaining unit, Sandy explained the counting of the ballots process that occurred April 16 in the Board of Personnel Appeals office in Helena. Information about what may happen next in the process was discussed. the vote stands at 190 for the petitioners and 185 for AFMSU with 6 contested ballots set aside and not opened. AFMSU has 5 days after the ballots were opened to file a challenge stipulating any concerns. MEA-MFT is working with staff attorneys as well as attorneys from AFT and AFMSU on the decision to challenge.
Kari as Interim Treasurer presented Expenditures that occurred from September – April as well as a proposed budget for 2013-2014. Local dues were discussed and the recommendation from the executive committee to remain at 15% for the next academic year. President Feaver explained the dues schedule from MEA-MFT and responded to questions.
Chere LeClair, NTT Vice President, gave an update about bargaining including a reminder of confirmed Bargaining Team members for both TT and NTT teams, discussion of the process moving forward and bargaining dates that have been set. Surveys about specific issues relating to bargaining will be upcoming in the near future.
Billly Smith, TT Vice President, and Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee, presented nominees for AFMSU Officers. No positions were contested as TT President Sandy Osborne and TT Vice President Billy Smith did not seek reelection and no nominations came from the floor. The slate was elected by voice vote of the members present.
The term of office is May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015.
- President – Kari Cargill NTT
- Vice President – Chere LeClair NTT
- Treasurer – Kiki Rydell NTT
AFMSU is working with the Montana University System at legislature to encourage enactment of the MUS legislative agenda. See, for example, this article in the Chronicle
Committee on Political Education (COPE) works to inform members on voting, legislation, political activity. COPE subcommittees evaluate legislative candidates for the Bozeman area and for state offices. Dues money is not used to fund COPE, but members can help pay for this important work by voluntarily contributing to the COPE fund.
Collective Bargaining Agreements
The bargaining teams are pleased to present the fruits of 19 months of intense labor:
Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement As of April 30, 2013, this is no longer in effect.
If you have questions, please contact your department representative, Kari Cargill – AFMSU President at email@example.com or Chere LeClair AFMSU Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org