Meeting Minutes: February 10, 1994


Present were: Hardeep Bhullar, Robert Birkenholz, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Irv Cockriel, Jay Dix, Jean Hamilton, Ed Hunvald, Brent Jones, Eugene Lane, John Miles, Kerby Miller, Loren Nikolai, Deborah Pearsall, Larry Penney, Patricia Plummer, Don Sievert, Mary Ellen Sievert, Eva Szekely, Harry Tyrer, Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff), Dean Schmidt (Library), Roy Utz (Retirees), Walter Schroeder represented Kit Salter, and Birgit Wassmuth represented Betty Winfield. Absent were: Gary Allee, John Bauer, Vicki Conn, Hildegarde Heymann, Michael Prewitt, Dennis Sentilles, and Warren Zahler. Guests were: Al Hahn, Professor of Veterinary Medicine, and Joel Rosenblit, Instructor of Labor Education.

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Hunvald called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in room S110 Memorial Union. The minutes of the January 20, 1994 Faculty Council Meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Chairman Hunvald complimented Professor Miller and his committee on the successful organization of the Labor Union Information Forum. He then made an announcement of Gilbert Grosvenor's upcoming presentation and urged members to attend. Professor Lane was then called on to introduce a draft resolution calling for a statute of limitations on cases that could be referred to the Committee on Revision of Records, and this resolution was straightaway referred to the Student Affairs Committee.

Action Items

There were no items.

Discussion Items

Faculty Resolution on Reform of Missouri Labor Law. Professor Miller introduced a resolution calling for the Faculty Council to endorse proposed legislation providing that all public employees (including teachers) have full collective bargaining rights, including binding arbitration of impasse disputes, but not the right to strike. As a fall-back position, the resolution endorsed other legislation providing that teachers be covered by the present "meet and confer" law from which they are now excluded.

Professor Miller called upon Mr. Rosenblit to explain the current status of state law regarding public employee unionization as well as the bills now before the legislature. Mr. Rosenblit pointed out that there were already voluntarily recognized teachers' unions in some places in Missouri even though there were no provision for such in state law.

Professor Hahn commented that this was the first time in 18 years that the matter of unionization had been brought before the faculty. Further he observed that there was substantial interest in the forum in spite of inclement weather. He felt that this matter should be keep alive; and, he praised the wisdom of Faculty Council for scheduling this forum.

In the meantime, Professor Hunvald had proposed a substitute resolution which merely called for teachers to have the same rights with regard to labor organizations as are provided to other public employees. Professor Miller found this resolution too weak. A lively discussion ensued.

Professor Hamilton stated that she supported Professor Miller's resolution, however, she had been disappointed in the forum. The forum she found to be a repetition of past experiences, as well as too advanced as to where she felt discussion ought to be. She further elaborated as to whether there might not be attempts on the part of the administration to impose work-load policies in the event of unionization. What would be the cost of unionization? Professor Miller opined that the faculty would be in a better position to deal with imposed work-load policies if unionized. Professor Pearsall inquired about the experiences of faculties which had been unionized. Professor Miller replied that not enough of that had been brought out at the forum, but that Mr. Rosenblit had relevant information available.

Professor Hunvald reminded Council that the resolutions at hand did not deal with the unionization of this faculty. He further stated that he had problems with a resolution that had a fall-back position, and with preempting legislative discussion. He felt the main problem was that of equality to which teachers currently do not have as compared to other public employees. He also expressed doubts about the desirability of binding arbitration.

Professor Hamilton proposed a merging of the two resolutions. Professor Miller asked what was left after the failure of collective bargaining if not binding arbitration, if there was no right to strike. Mr. Rosenblit further expanded on the legal situation and the bills before the legislature. Professor Miller continued by pointing out the superiority of binding arbitration over the present situation. Professor Hunvald pointed out the likelihood of universal approval on the faculty's part of the idea of equality of teachers and other public employees. Various other opinions were expressed, and it was decided that the matter would be considered as an action item at the next meeting.

Changes to the Academic Grievance Procedures. Professor Hunvald began the discussion by pointing out that the St. Louis campus was also considering changes in grievance procedures as well as the areas of their major concerns. Professor Hamilton presented the latest version of the proposed revisions and how they differed from earlier versions. The main points concerned anonymity in the striking procedure and how to deal with breaches of ethics.

Professor Miller suggested an entirely different procedure for selecting grievance committees. Namely, that each principal select one advocate from the entire faculty, that two be chosen at random from the panel proposed by the Chancellor and by Faculty Council (one from each group), and then those four select a chair from the entire panel. Professor Hunvald pointed out that such a procedure had been suggested before, although not pursued. After considerable inconclusive discussion as to the advantages or disadvantages of Professor Miller's proposal (during which Professor Miller referred extensively to his own experience with grievance hearings) it was decided that the proposed revisions would be voted on section by section at the next meeting. It would then go to IFC for presentation to the Curators.

Board of Curators Report

Professor Cockriel had nothing to add to his report as distributed.

IFC Report

The most recently scheduled IFC meeting had to be canceled because of inclement weather.

General Education Report

Professor Jones reported that the Committee on Undergraduate Education would meet on February 11 to vote on the criteria for the capstone course and on putting into effect the single cluster requirement.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs (H. Heymann)

No report.

Faculty Affairs (J. Hamilton)

No report except for the earlier report on grievance procedures.

Fiscal Affairs (J. Miles)

No report.

Special Projects (D. Schmidt)

Mr. Schmidt reported a recommendation that two annual reports would be expected of campus-wide committees. The first report on attendance and performance of their members would be due at mid-year; and, the second report on activities and recommendations would be due at the end of the year. He also said in regards to the differing terms of service on campus committees that three years is appropriate for faculty and it is the responsibility of Staff Council to determine years of service for staff.

Student Affairs (B. Jones)

Professor Jones reported that his committee had been studying the possibility of tuition breaks for university dependents based on similar programs at comparable institutions. His group also recommended that the Committee on Residence for Tuition Purposes be continued.

Closed Session for Personnel Items and Adjournment

Committee on Revision of Records: Professor Milon George (Natural Resources) was selected as chair; Professor David Emerich (Biochemistry) was chosen to fill the vacancy. Student Financial Aid Committee: Professor Jerry Organ (Law) was selected as chair; Professor David Rayl (Music) was chosen to fill the vacancy.

As for the ongoing matter of the Committee on Oversight of the Health Insurance Plan, both Executive Committee of Faculty Council and Staff Council had put up lists of possible members. Ed Hunvald was to meet with Bob Smith, chair of Staff Council in order to review each other's lists. After review the lists will go to the Chancellor.

The meeting adjourned at 5:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Eugene N. Lane, Recorder