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Chaparral 2015-2016: 24.6 CSEA Connection

CSEA Connection (May/June 2016)

CSEA Connection: Question, question, question!

by Saodat Aziskhanova

CSEA President


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Do you serve on the governance committee?  Is your committee efficient?  Is it effective?  Who really makes decision in your committee?  Is it the committee chair, administrator(s), all the members, or those who make the loudest noise?  If you don’t serve on a committee now, you may want to serve on one in the future. 

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In the past, CSEA had few people who would serve on all governance committees, mostly CSEA Executive Board members.  Things have changed over the last few years; many classified employees are involved in shared governance committees.  We advertise all committee openings; classified employees are appointed based on various factors by the CSEA Executive Board. 

As we all know, productive meetings don’t just happen.  They require planning and commitment by the committee chair and committee members.  As the CSEA representative, you represent your constituency, you speak for your constituency, and you commit your constituency to a decision made by the committee.  If you are not sure about an issue which is an action item, ask to table voting, and inform the Executive Board, and, if necessary, present an issue for discussion to the union members at the Chapter Meeting.  Sometimes, it might be discussions involving negotiable items, for example, use of temporary employees, ‘out-sourcing’, contracting out of services, shift changes, changes in work schedules, transfer of bargaining unit work to other positions or bargaining units, increase in duties, or the academic calendar, which affects classified work calendar.  Remember, you are an equal member of the committee. If in doubt, ask questions. 

We have many classified employees who have been representing CSEA for years on many governance committees and never reported on any agenda items, especially action items. So, our goal during appointments for the next two-year term is to select volunteers who understand the importance of sharing information on the agenda items of governance committees they serve.  Please go to the blue list on college’s website and check the openings we have right now and those that will be open starting in July.

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