Congress of Connecticut
Community Colleges
April 21, 2016
Membership Conference Reminder
Register now for the Membership Conference on April 30!

We have an exciting agenda for the conference and the Membership Committee has put a lot of effort into making sure this conference appeals to everyone - full-timers and part-timers, new and seasoned leaders, faculty and CCPs! There will be panel discussions with useful exchanges of information and workshops on issues such as conflict resolution and diversity. 

We invite and encourage you to register for the conference. To  see a flyer for the conference, click  here .  

We will be placing the food order on Monday, April 25, so if you plan to attend, please register now so that we have enough food for everyone.

Voluntary Furlough Days?
Last week, employees of the CSCU system received notice from BOR President Mark Ojakian regarding voluntary furlough days. We know this action has caused some concern and confusion among the 4Cs membership. 
 
Voluntary schedule reductions cannot be utilized by faculty or part-time employees; the only 4Cs employees that the memorandum applies to are professionals such as counselors, librarians, and administrators in such departments as admissions, the registrar's office, and financial aid.
 
However, we are concerned about the impact that furloughs could have on our students. Our 4Cs members provide critical direct student support services. Reducing these services will compound the problems faced by our institutions, including their ability to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
 
Therefore, top campus and BOR management - dean level and higher, might consider leading by example. Since they receive much higher salaries, their taking voluntary furloughs would maximize savings while minimizing the impact on students.
 
Retirement was also mentioned in the memorandum. We urge our members to weigh retirement carefully before making a decision. Retirement is a personal decision and one you should make on your own accord. Further, with a hiring freeze currently in effect, retirements will lead to further reductions in services to our students, both in and out of the classroom.
 
Please note that taking voluntary furlough days will help the system save money, but the fiscal problems of the system and state cannot be solved by this action alone. 


The Hand That Feeds Screening at Northwestern
Come to see the Northwest Connecticut premier of
The Hand That Feeds, followed by a discussion with the director, Robin Blotnick, and local activists including 4Cs Organizer, Greg Jackson.  

"It seems like higher education is becoming more and more like the food industry these days, with management taking the "low road" of cutting costs on the backs of those who make the organization run," stated Robin Blotnick. "If there's anything this film shows, it's that workers from all sectors should stick together. " 

Read our full Q&A with the director here

 

Phone: 860.296.5172

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4Cs Calendar

April 26
Asnuntuck Chapter Meeting
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Cafe 2

The Hand That Feeds Screening
Time: 6:30pm
Location: NCCC, Founders Auditorium

April 30
4Cs Membership Conference. Register here.

May 7
Delegate Assembly Meeting
Time: 10am
Location: 4Cs Office, 907 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford 


May 9
11th Annual Awards Luncheon for the CT Alliance for Retired Americans
William Tyszka will be honored at the luncheon. 4Cs has 7 tickets available to the event. If you are interested in a free ticket, please email ellen@the4cs.org
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: The Manor Inn, Plantsville