I felt the need to clear up some miscommunication in the letter to you from President Yowell dated June 10, 2009.
- Reference page 4, discussion about my participation on the budget team;
Dr. Yowell attended one budget meeting where I was present. Where did he get the notion that I was surly? I have always been professional in every meeting and committee I serve. I take offense to this comment and want an apology at the next board meeting, July 22, 2009; and I want the minutes of that meeting to reflect his apology. I fully understand my role and that I am not a decision maker. Others on the committee will testify to the value of my input.
Brad and I did leave the room to discuss delaying the payment of our enrollment bonus at the last budget meeting. I informed Brad that the enrollment bonus was not part of the budget for academic year July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010; but had already been included in the current budget for academic year ending June 30, 2009. Brad and I were always very aware of budget issues that could cross the lines into negotiations and did not attend or excused ourselves from meetings when that happened. Others on the committee will testify to our professionalism in regards to this point.
- Reference pages 4 and 5, discussion about the union deciding the raise and number of overload hours taught by faculty;
The union does not decide the raise. We negotiate in good faith. Past negotiation have been very productive with both sides having a give and take attitude. You can get verification of this from Dr. Jane Salisbury, chief negotiator for the college. We can decide the raise if that is what you wish. Just let me know and I will call a union meeting and we will decide.
Faculty who teach overload teach those hours because of their commitment to the quality of their program. Quality does not suffer. Commitments to holding office hours, participation on committees, advising students and involvement in community service have never suffered. I have testimony from faculty that the opposite of what Dr. Yowell has communicated is the truth.
As President of the union, a leader among faculty, and a member of the Edison family I want you to ask Dr. Yowell to publically apologize for these comments at his convocation address to Edison Community College faculty and employees on August 17, 2009.
Thank you for listening,
Larry J. Dragosavac