We have continued to work diligently to get a contract at CCA and have made some progress, but yesterday, the lawyer for the College, Michael Vartain, told our team leader, not once, but four times to “Go F*** Yourself.” Then he and his team stormed out. What kind of collegiality is this?
While discussing CCA's proposal on job security and the current “up or out” policy, we had been asking questions. He refused to answer these questions, and repeatedly told the women in the room to stop talking, including Leslie Roberts on his own team. Copies of ratified union contracts from Mills, Dominican University, and St. Mary’s College were provided to the Administration’s team as examples of acceptable contracts. Vartain told the Administration team not to touch them.
The Administration told us that they wanted to settle the contract by the end of May, but they refuse to make any counterproposals on any economic issues like pay and benefits. How will we make progress with an administration that retains such a volatile lawyer? The Administration representatives condone his behavior; yesterday, not one of them spoke out against it.
The CCA we love is better than this.
If you believe CCA can do better, please send letters to President Stephen Beal and Provost Tammy Rae Carland. Ranked members of Writing/Literature have collectively written to support a fair contract for Non-ranked faculty. We appreciate their support. It means a lot to us that they have taken the lead.
Express your concern. Support the adjuncts and lecturers of the Non-ranked Faculty Union. Contact Hugh Behm-Steinberg (email@example.com) or any member of the Bargaining Team to get involved.
The Non-ranked Faculty Bargaining Team
The Contract Action Team