Monday, May 28, 2012

Dear Harrisburg University Faculty

You have a professional and ethical obligation to stand up for the students and to act appropriately to protect the university. I understand that if you stand up against the administration you'll probably get fired. At this point does it really matter? How long before the university simply runs out of money and goes under? How long before PDE or MSCHE acts? You are culpable for the mess at Harrisburg University too. It's not enough to just collect your paycheck and keep your head down. Where is the faculty leadership?

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Just a quick reminder; Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are afforded certain rights to join together to improve their wages and working conditions, with or without a union.

Employees who are not represented by a union also have rights under the NLRA. Specifically, the National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of employees to engage in “protected concerted activity”, which is when two or more employees take action for their mutual aid or protection regarding terms and conditions of employment. A single employee may also engage in protected concerted activity if he or she is acting on the authority of other employees, bringing group complaints to the employer’s attention, trying to induce group action, or seeking to prepare for group action. - National Labor Relations Board

I said way back in the first post that this blog was part of an effort to "improve working conditions for the faculty and staff" at Harrisburg University. Now is the time! Stand up for yourselves and stand up for the students. Faculty and staff need fair working conditions and fair contracts. If the faculty and staff had job security, the university would be a different place.

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You can fight back. Contact local politicians, file complaints with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

8 comments:

  1. The faculty have no will to act. Some of them get preferential treatment from ED and some of them get big fat paychecks. As long as faculty members let every student that walks through the door pass every class and pretend to be an entrepreneur, your job is secure at HU. Unless of course Mel and Eric have spent all the money and the institution collapses.

    And dearest faculty how do you think HU is going to get $ now? Mel was the guy that networked and schmoozed for money. That's not one of ED's skills.

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    1. You sure called that one! Mel resigns and a week later the Dauphin County commissioners decline to give HU any more money -- which has been the only money keeping HU operational.

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  2. What are the faculty salaries? Are they part of the problem too?

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  3. Some of the faculty are really nice and you can tell they really care about the students. But I don't know wht the faculty dosent go on strike or something. Why else wouldn't they do something? I mean like duh! They are getting fat paychecks! When we had the town hall meeting, only one or two teachers even showed up to support us.

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    1. I don't know the faculty salaries exactly, but they were originally offered slightly higher than average salaries (according to HU, so take that with a grain of salt.) However, the faculty have essentially no health insurance (their co-pay for a family plan is about $1000 a month)no retirement benefits or any other benefits. So my guess is their salaries are about average in terms of real pay.

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  4. The problem has always been fiscal mis-management. People have HU credit cards they are using as their own personal credit lines and then are not even made to pay it back. Did you notice the open bar at graduation? WOW! How much did that cost? Trip to China? How about all those after hour drinking sessions where I've seen HU employees at - I wonder does that get put on an HU credit card too? Hhmmm.... Funny how people will so readily spend money that is not theirs to spend - but hey, it's apparently really cool to do that in Harrisburg. I wonder if they bought Christmas presents too?

    So.... HU, welcome to the Central PA Club of Fiscal Irresponsibility! The dues are only $317 million for a lifetime membership.

    NOTE TO ALL STUDENTS - you should transfer now to another school while there is still a registrar to process your HU transcripts. NOTE TO FACULTY AND STAFF - start sending out your resumes, and pronto. PennLive has had two articles and the Roxbury News (perhaps you should use Roxbury News http://www.roxburynews.com/ as a supplement to this blog!) is starting to dig, and I can't wait until he finds something - then maybe those idiots will be held accountable for squandering money that could have been used to educate those that want to learn.

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    1. I've long heard rumors about the use of HU corporate cards for lavish personal spending, but I can't substantiate those claims. However, HU is a private institution and as such, administration can spend money w/o accountability to the community. The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the fiscal health of HU, but they are incompetent or unwilling to do their jobs. And thanks for the Tip on the Roxbury News, I saw their page a few days ago. It's good stuff!

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  5. HU's faculty should issue a vote of "no confidence" in protest of the administration's behavior. Apparently, they have no moral fiber at all though. Shameful. Just shameful.

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