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Bates teachers vote “no confidence” in administration; trustees to meet Tuesday

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on April 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm with 3 Comments »
April 26, 2010 6:38 pm

Teachers at Bates Technical College took a vote of no confidence in acting President Lyle Quasim and the Board of Trustees, their union announced today.

Many in the faculty are upset over the college’s issuance of layoff notices to more than 40 staff members last week.

Quasim said the notices were necessary due to a budget imbalance.  The college issued more than three dozen notices to comply with union rules governing  potential layoffs, but officials don’t expect that many faculty members to lose their jobs, Quasim said last week.

The college’s board is due to meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the Downtown campus, and officials of AFT Washington Local 4184 say they’ll be there to formally present the results of their vote.

Here’s a press release with the details.

April 26, 2010

Contact: Sylvia Watson, 206-432-8084

Overwhelming Vote of ‘No Confidence’ in Interim President and Board of Trustees at Bates Technical College

Tacoma, WA – Faculty at Bates Technical College today announced a vote of “NO CONFIDENCE” in interim college president, Lyle Quasim, and the college board of trustees. More than 60 percent of the 179 faculty represented by the faculty union returned their ballots. Of those voting, 95 percent voted no confidence.

“We voted no confidence in the leadership at Bates Technical College who have decided to balance their budget on the backs of students and faculty,” said Karen Patjens, president of the faculty union local 4184 affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington. “The proposed layoffs are especially devastating because of the bad economy; a time most of our students need retraining,” she said.

Bates TC has given layoff notices to 40 faculty members at a time when the college is overenrolled and waiting lists for some classes and programs are over a year in length. Currently, over 200 students have paid to be on waiting lists for career-training programs of which faculty have now received layoff notices. Still other students are waiting to get into programs who have not paid to be placed on waiting lists. A part of the college’s deficit resulted from a staff accounting error of up to $1 million.

Faculty will be presenting their vote of no confidence at the Board of Trustees’ meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at their downtown campus, 1101 So. Yakima Ave., Tacoma 98405.

According to Sandra Schroeder, AFT Washington President, “The financial emergency declaration is an unnecessary blunt object that allows college presidents an easy way to resolve their bad management decisions on the backs of faculty and will impact the students’ success in achieving their degree.”

Leave a comment Comments → 3

    Kinda ironic that a union is voting no confidence.

  2. Cut their generous benefit package and we could keep more instructors.

  3. mmrussell67 says:

    there is a recent SNL skit that celebrates our government employees, host Desmond McCoy begins the awards by saying that “…In these challenging times it’s important to remember that government employees are just like workers everywhere… except for the lifetime job security, guaranteed annual raises, early retirement on generous pensions and full medical coverage with no deductibles, office-visit fees or co-payments…”


    Recently Michael Mandel, former BusinessWeek chief economist, took a look at some Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Mandel found that state and local governments contribute $4.45 per employee hour for health care benefits, compared to $2.01 in the private sector.

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