MPC Academic Senate
October 5, 2006
Resolution in Support of
Hartnell Community College Faculty
Alan Haffa of the Academic Senate drafted this resolution and submitted it for first reading at the 9-21-06 Academic Senate meeting. During communication with the MPCTA prior to the 9-21-06 Academic Senate meeting we decided that both the Academic Senate and the Union would draft and bring forward the same resolution. Academic Senate and Union leadership thought that this would be the most powerful statement.
The Monterey Herald has reported this resolution at least twice, first on Saturday Sept 23
and again on Wednesday September 20
Unfortunately, the Herald failed to mention that the MPC Academic Senate had yet to have a second reading of the resolution and thus did not yet have the full consideration of the MPC faculty.
I take full responsibility for not making it completely clear at the 9-21-06 meeting that it was only a first reading.
A minority opinion has suggested that this is really a union issue and not an Academic Senate issue at all. Please come voice your opinion.
Academic Senate President
Resolution in support of the faculty of Hartnell Community College:
Whereas, the expertise and dedication of faculty is central to the mission of Community Colleges; and,
Whereas, the faculty at Hartnell Community College have been working without a contract since 2004-2005; and,
Whereas, an independent, state-appointed mediator judged that the faculty contract request is fair and reasonable and that the college has the funds to pay; and,
Whereas negotiating a settlement as recommended by the state appointed mediator would best serve the interests of students, employees, the Community College mission, and the community,
Whereas the lack of an equitable contract offer could lead to a strike by the Hartnell Faculty; and,
Whereas a strike would harm the educational experience of students and would hurt the public perception of Community Colleges in general; and,
Whereas the Hartnell Board of Trustees has made plans to bring in replacement faculty who will not be able to offer the same educational experience as the existing faculty; and,
Whereas, the cost of living in Monterey County is one of the most costly in the country; and,
Whereas, all faculty deserve a wage that properly compensates the many years of training and the professional work performed by faculty; and,
Whereas, faculty at Monterey Peninsula College and faculty at Hartnell Community College are both members of CTA; and,
Whereas, faculty at Monterey Peninsula College support the educational efforts of our colleagues at Hartnell Community College; and,
Therefore, let it be resolved that the Monterey Peninsula Faculty Senate supports the faculty of Hartnell College and calls upon the faculty and the Hartnell Board of Trustees to negotiate in good faith to bring an immediate end to this contract dispute.