organization shall be known as the USFFA-PT Faculty Association, part-time
Unit, Local 4269 of the American Federation of Teachers/California Federation
of Teachers. AFL-CIO.
objectives of the USFFA-PT Faculty Association shall be:
represent the members of the Association for the purposes of collective
the economic and material well being of the faculty.
and protect the academic freedom of the faculty
a voice in the allocation of the University resources.
(5) To promote the educational and
professional excellence of the University
and its part-time faculty.
(6) To foster and protect the rights of the
individual under the contract.
(7) To advance the Jesuit educational
tradition as embodied in the University’s
statement of Mission and Goals.
(8) To do all things necessary for the
advancement of these and any other objectives
which may be deemed appropriate.
(1) All non-law adjunct teaching faculty,
except those with conscientious objector status.
leave of absence.
Hiring Pool (PHP) members who have not been offered employment in a given
semester but retain seniority rights.
USFFA-PT Faculty Association shall be affiliated with the California Federation
of Teachers (CFT), AFL-CIO, which is an affiliate of the American Federation of
Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO, and shall be known as the part-time unit of the Local
4269 of the American Federation of Teachers.
The USFFA-PT Faculty Association shall also be a member of the San
Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
No part of
the Constitution, by-laws, policies or proceedings of the USFFA-PT Faculty
Association shall stand in contradiction to the constitution and the by-laws of
the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial
Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO), California Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO).
Dues for a
full association membership status shall be one percent of each member’s course
Service fee status (non-participating members) does not entitle adjunct faculty
to voting rights.
who choose conscientious objector status, an
amount equal to one percent of course unit earnings will be contributed to a
USF student scholarship fund. (See Article 7 of contract.)
meetings shall be scheduled at least once every semester. Notice of meetings
shall be communicated to the membership no less than seven days prior to
meeting date. Meetings shall be open to
all adjunct faculty, but only full members can vote.
VII. Officers and Duties
Executive Board shall be composed of a president and two vice-presidents, with
the terms beginning July 1, 2007. There
will be no other officers. Applicants
must have been full members of the Association for
two years before running for election. The Executive Board will conduct
the affairs of the Association subject to the advice and consent of the
the Executive Board will divide the following duties according to their skills
and abilities. This list does not cover
all of the tasks that may come up during their term of office:
a. Initiate the Distinguished Adjunct
Professor Award each year and over see the Committee
b. Constitute the Negotiation Team
c. Lead negotiations
d. Keep membership informed of the
e. Oversee the Election Committee
f. Represent the USFFA-PT
Faculty Association at bi-monthly USFFA policy board meetings
g. Prepare a newsletter each semester and
communicate it to the membership
h. Prepare agenda and notify the membership
of each membership meeting and set up meetings
i. Share responsibilities
for conducting each membership meeting
j. Record and publish
minutes of each membership meeting
k. Keep current email addresses and other
l. Notify the membership of
other activities or concerns that may be relevant
m. Conduct membership drives
n. Arrange for and supervise clerical staff
o. Oversee the Association’s budget
p. Organize and conduct PHP Application Workshops
as deemed appropriate
q. Set up additional workshops when
r. Participate in on-going
communications with the Director of Labor Relations and others in the USF
s. Respond to communications from the
t. Implement the contract
u. Participate in regular Executive Board
and Policy Board meetings
v. Implement policies created by policy
w. Serve as liaison between Association members and
x. Consult with the Association’s legal
counsel when necessary
y. Communicate with AFT & CFT representatives
z. Communicate with the full-time unit
aa. Create and maintain the USFFA-PT website
bb. Manage the USF Connect group discussion board
cc. Maintain Association records and files
dd. Represent members at grievances and constitute the Grievance
grievances under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
accomplish its purpose, Executive Board shall assume necessary duties and
functions as appropriate, including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Receive complaints brought forward by
its members on appeal from STEP 2.
(b) Collect data and initiate other
fact-finding necessary to properly identify the issues at stake.
(c) Meet as a body to evaluate grievances
brought forward as to their merits, timeliness, and arbitrability.
(d) Consider all grievances, whether arbitrable
or not, and decide, on the basis of specific circumstances involved in each
specific dispute, which grievances are to be moved to higher levels of the grievance
(e) Prepare cases that are recommended for
presentation to arbitration.
(f) Retain jurisdiction over all grievances
received, including the right to submit grievances to higher levels and the
right to withdraw the grievances from further consideration at any time.
(g) Initiate grievances on behalf of the
The Executive Board shall
receive stipends set by the membership (see By-laws).
(4) The Executive Board may appoint special
representatives at times who will
take on extra responsibilities for which they are paid an honorarium.
(5) In the event of a vacancy on the Executive Committee, the remaining two
Executive Committee members shall appoint a replacement from the Policy Board.
The appointee shall fulfill the remainder of the Executive Committee term that
Should no Policy
Board member be able to fill a vacancy on the Executive Committee, the
remaining two Executive Committee members shall appoint any full member of the
Association to the Policy Board vacancy. In the event of two
vacancies on the Executive Committee, the remaining member of the Executive
Committee shall appoint two replacements from the Policy Board.
Should no Policy
Board members be able to fill a vacancy on the Executive Committee, then the
remaining member of the Executive Committee shall appoint any one or two full
members of the Association in consultation with the Policy Board. The
appointees shall fulfill the remainder of the terms which were vacated.
vacancies exist at the same time on the Executive Committee, the Policy Board
shall appoint three members of the Policy Board to the Executive Committee. The
appointees shall fulfill the remainder of the terms that were vacated. If the
Policy Board is unable to appoint three of its remaining members to fill the
vacancies, these Policy Board members shall fill the vacancies remaining with
any full members of the Association until the next regular election.
VIII. Policy Board
The Policy Board’s duties shall be to
create policies that promote the objectives of the Association at regularly
scheduled meetings. The Board will meet
no less than twice a semester. Three
members shall be from Arts & Sciences and one each from the School of Nursing,
the School of Ed, and the School of Business.
Five members shall constitute a quorum.
The Policy Board shall be comprised of
Executive Board members and representatives from each college. There shall be nine Policy Board members
altogether, and candidates shall stand for election, beginning in Spring 2007,
coinciding with the Executive Board elections.
Candidates must be full members of the Association for a minimum of one
year before running for election. Each
member will serve a two-year term.
Stipends for the Policy Board members
shall be set by the membership.
IX. Negotiating Team
Negotiating Team shall consist of the Executive Board and no more than two
members chosen by the Executive Board in consultation with Policy Board.
The Negotiating Team shall be responsible for dealing with the Administration
for the determination of all matters concerning wages, benefits, and conditions
of employment to be embodied in the contract specifying the relationship
between members of the Association and the University.
The Negotiating team shall negotiate from the demands developed by the
Executive Board and Policy Board and approved by the membership.
The Negotiating Team may draw upon professional assistance to help with
The results of the Negotiating Team’s efforts at the bargaining table shall be
presented to the membership for ratification.
The Negotiating Team shall report regularly to the membership.
The Negotiating Team may invite members of the Association to attend
X. Other Committees of the USFFA-PT
(1) Name: This committee shall be known as
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award shall not be awarded to a member more
than once every five years.
The Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Award Committee shall be composed of at least four USFFA part-time faculty
members. The committee will be composed
of awardees from the two previous years.
In the event that previous
recipients cannot serve, then the Executive Board shall request that other
previous recipients serve on the committee.
(c) If the administration elects to
participate in selecting the awardee, the Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award
Committee shall serve as the Association’s representative to a joint university-wide
committee to confer this award.
(d) After receiving written
nominations from the members of the university faculty,
student body, and alumni, the Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award Committee will meet to select
the recipient of the award. Their decision shall be made no later than
(e) The Distinguished Adjunct
Professor Award Committee shall publish criteria
for the selection of the recipient of this award.
(f) The amount of the purse for
this award shall be subject to the Collective Bargaining
to the Constitution shall be subject to approval by a simple majority of voting
members. A ballot shall be sent to members
within 30 days of the time the members receive the proposed amendments.
By-Laws of the USFFA-PT Faculty Association
This body shall be known
as the USFFA-PT Faculty Association
Purpose (See Constitution)
III. Membership (See Constitution)
IV. Officers and Duties (See Constitution)
The stipends for the Executive
Committee shall be set by a minimum formula of one third of the PHP
undergraduate rate for 16 units per year and no more than one half of 16 units
per year, effective July 1, 2007.
VI. Membership Meetings (See Constitution)
VII. Election and Recall Procedures
USFFA-PT Association shall conduct all necessary elections of officers and
committee members according to the procedures outlined in this Article.
be deducted at least 30 days prior to an election in order for an adjunct
faculty to become a voting member of the association.
Executive Board and Policy Board shall create an election committee of at least
two members and as many as three if necessary. No candidate shall serve on the
will be held every two years. The
two-year term begins and ends June 30.
Elections shall be held no earlier than April 1 and no later than April
shall be held (1) to fill a vacancy due to untimely resignation, recall, or
unanticipated vacancy occurs, the Executive Board shall immediately appoint an
individual to serve the duration of the term.
Election Committee shall begin its election procedures for members of the
Executive Board and Policy Board by soliciting names of eligible individuals
interested in serving. This procedure
shall be initiated not less than two (2) weeks prior to the circulation of the
for election may write short, optional platform statements for inclusion on the
statement may include a short biography, policy views or other relevant
information for the voters.
Election Committee shall issue blank ballots to all eligible to vote. Appended
to each ballot shall be a list of all individuals nominated.
Election Committee shall tally the votes cast and notify the constituency of
the results. The individual(s) running
for the Executive Board receiving the greatest number of votes shall be the
winner(s). The Policy Board winners shall be the top three candidates who
receive the most votes running for Policy Board seats and who represent Arts
and Sciences. The other three Policy
Board winners shall be one individual each from the School of Business, the
School of Education, and the School of Nursing who wins the most votes. In the case of a draw, a run-off election
shall be held.
(2) Recall Procedures:
Executive Board member is expected to carry out the duties of his/her office. This includes regular attendance at meetings,
and where appropriate, adequate representation of the views of his/her
constituency. Failure to adequately
carry out the duties of office is grounds for recall.
Election Committee shall conduct all recall proceedings according to the
procedures outlined in this Article.
receiving written permission from not less than twenty-five (25) percent of the
membership, stating the case for recall, the Council shall immediately issue
notice to the entire membership that this action has been initiated.
week, the Election Committee shall issue a recall ballot to the
constituency. Ballots shall be due one
week after their issuance.
Committee shall tally the votes cast and notify the constituency of the
results. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast shall be necessary for
In the case
that the recall procedure is successful, procedures described in IX. (1.) d.
shall be followed.
No part of the USFFA-PT Faculty
Association by-laws shall stand in contradiction to the Constitution of the
USFFA-PT Faculty Association or to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
VIII. Parliamentary Authority
Robert’s Rules of Order, latest revised edition, shall be normative, but not
IX. Amendments to By-Laws
Amendments to the By-Laws shall be
subject to approval by a simple majority of voting members. A ballot shall be sent to members within 30
days of the time the members receive the proposed amendments