Friday, April 20, 2012

Dear Part-time Colleagues:

Our last communication with you briefly explained the teleconference
whereby the KVCC Federation of Teachers and the College’s administration
had to decide on language governing who would be eligible to vote in the
certification election.

We are happy to report that an agreement defining eligibility was
reached on Monday! Part-time instructors who are teaching at least one
credit in the current semester--including those who work full-time at
the college & have a second appointment as p-t faculty--will have the
opportunity to cast ballots. To be eligible to vote, you must have been
employed on March 27, the date the petition was filed with the state.

The election will be conducted by mail through the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission (MERC):

**Ballots will be sent by mail May 4
**Ballots will be due at MERC May 23
**Ballots will be counted May 24

We will send out additional details closer to the election, along with a
sample ballot! Following the election, we will need to formalize the
organization's structure with a constitution and the election of
officers -- and then begin preparations for negotiations. If you are
interested in getting involved, please reply to this message!


The KVCC-FT Organizing Committee:

Dr. Catherine Barnard
Nancy Beers
Ann Marie Boyle
Christopher Karbowski
Kyle Kelly
Laurie Nic
Edward O’Dowd
Kelly O’Leary
Dr. Nishani Samaraweera
Thomas Schurino
Jean Snow

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Kalamazoo MI 49007

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