Dear MSCA Faculty and Librarians:
Though the MSCA leadership, college
presidents and trustees have made numerous telephone and email contacts with
the Executive Office of Administration & Finance, the request to fund the
MSCA contract has not yet been sent by the governor to the legislature.
On Tuesday, September 20th of this
week, the legislature passed a deficiency budget bill for FY 2005, which is
now on the governor's desk for his final approval (or veto). Included in that
bill are approximately 35 collective bargaining agreements, plus half of the
remaining retroactive moneys due our colleagues in other higher education
unions. The contract for the Association of Professional Administrators (APA),
a higher education contract settled and ratified months after the MSCA contract,
was included in this bill and is awaiting final approval by the governor.
Apparently a decision was made this
summer by the Chancellor and other BHE staff members to prepare and transmit
the APA contract funding request in advance of the MSCA contract funding request.
I have not received a satisfactory explanation for this decision.
Our lobbyists from MTA have been
in touch with the staff in Administration & Finance, and they report no problems
with any MTA-affiliated contract, including MSCA's, being sent to the legislature
for action this fall. The next supplemental budget bill is expected to be
filed in the legislature sometime in October.
Another message will be sent to the
membership next week. Thank you for your support and patience with this
Patricia V. Markunas, MSCA President
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