Washington State Legislators 2014 Session Town Hall events scheduled

3rd District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane
Senator Andy Billing, Rep Marcus Riccelli
4th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm
call in, 1-800-757-3703
Rep Matt Shea
5th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11am Maple Valley Community Center, 22225 SE 231st St, Maple Valley
Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm-2pm Issaquah Highlands Fire Department, 1280 North Park Drive, Issaquah
Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm-4pm Snoqualmie Police Department, 34825 SE Douglas Street, Snoqualmie
Senator Mark Mullet, Rep Jay Rodne, Rep Chad Magendanz
6th District:
Thursday, February 20th, 6:30pm
call in, 1-800-278-6179
Senator Michael Baumgartner, Rep Kevin Parker, Rep Jeff Holy
9th District:
Wednesday, February 26th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1-800-761-6268
Rep Joe Schmick
11th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm-2pm
King County Regional Communications & Emergency Command Center, 3511 NE 2nd St, Renton
Senator Bob Hasegawa, Rep Zach Hudgins, Rep Steve Bergquist
12th District:
Tuesday, February 25th, 7pm
call in, 1-877-229-8493, code 112411
Senator Linda Evans Parlette, Rep Cary Condotta, Rep Brad Hawkins
13th District:
Friday, February 28th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1-877-229-8493, code 15542
Rep Judy Warnick, Rep Matt Manweller
15th District:
Tuesday, March 4th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1-800-291-9241
Rep Bruce Chandler, Rep David Taylor
21st District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds
Saturday, February 22nd, 1pm Martha Lake Elementary School, 17500 Larch Way, Lynnwood
Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm Mukilteo City Hall, 11930  Cyrus Way, Mukilteo
Senator Marko Liias, Rep Mary Helen Roberts, Rep Lillian Ortiz-Self
27th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am
Jason Lee Middle School, 602 S Sprague, Tacoma
Senator Jeannie Darneille, Rep Laurie Jinkins, Rep Jake Fey
28th District:
Sunday, March 16th, 10am-11am Bethel High School auditorium
Sunday, March 16th, 2pm-3pm Pierce College, Cascade Room 332, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
Rep Tami Green
29th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-2pm
PLU Bookstore, 208 Garfield St, Parkland
Senator Steve Conway
30th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way
Saturday, February 22nd, 12:30pm-2pm Milton City Hall, 1100 Laurel Street, Milton
Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm-4:30pm Algona City Hall, 402 Ward Street, Algona
Rep Linda Kochmar
35th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 2pm-3pm
Theler Community Center, 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair
Rep Drew MacEwan
37th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Pacific Tower, 8th floor Conference Room, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle
Senator Adam Kline, Rep Sharon Tomiko Santos, Rep Eric Pettigrew
38th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Marysville Library, 6120  Grove Street, Marysville
Senator John McCoy, Rep Mike Sells, Rep June Robinson
41st District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Avenue SE, Newcastle
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30pm-3pm Sunny Hills Elementary School, 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road SE, Sammamish
Senator Steve Litzow, Rep Judy Clibborn, Rep Tana Senn
43rd District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30pm
Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle
Senator Jamie Pedersen, Rep Frank Chopp, Rep Brady Walkinshaw
45th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Ave SE, West Bldg Room W404, Kirkland
Senator Andy Hill, Rep Larry Springer, Rep Roger Goodman
48th District:
Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-12pm
Senator Rodney Tom, Rep Ross Hunter, Rep Cyrus Habib
49th District:
Wednesday, February 19th, 6pm-7pm
call in, 1-877-229-8493, code 18646
Senator Annette Cleveland, Rep Jim Moeller Rep Sharon Wylie

December 5, 2013 Faculty Senate Meeting

Jack Lee

Here’s a brief summary ot the second Faculty Senate meeting of the year, which took place on December 5, 2013.

Chair’s Report and Q&A: At the beginning of the meeting, I referred senators to my written report, which summarizes the recent progress on the main issues facing the senate this year.  Then I took questions about the emerging faculty salary policy proposal. Currently, we’re hoping to release detailed descriptions of the proposal around the first of the year, and to initiate a broad discussion about it throughout the university community.

Sponsorship Policy: Next, we had two invited guests: Steven Bell, Director of Corporate Sponsorships, and Randy Hodgins, Vice President for External Affairs, explained the new university policy governing sponsorship agreements with outside organizations.  You can read the description of the policy here.

Academic Freedom: The senate gave second approval to the revised statement of academic freedom, with a few clarifying changes recommended by the Advisory Committee on Faculty Code and Regulations (the “code cops”).  This legislation now goes out to all voting faculty members for approval.  When you get your official email notification about it, please vote!

English Language Lecturers: Finally, the senate revisited the issue of instruc­tors in the Inter­na­tional and Eng­lish Lan­guage Pro­grams. A resolution had been introduced by Sen­a­tor Diane Mor­ri­son of Social Work at the previous senate meeting, and the sen­ate decided to post­pone action on it until this Sen­ate meet­ing in order to obtain more back­ground information.  At this meeting, a revised version of the resolution was presented, and after a spirited discussion was passed by a strong majority.

I welcome comments or questions about any of the issues the senate is dealing with, either in the comments section here or by email.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday.


October 24, 2013 Senate Meeting

Lee-John-M-smallThe Faculty Senate had its first meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year on Thursday, October 24. The official minutes will be distributed after they’re approved by the Senate Executive Committee (probably November 18), but I’ll use this blog to comment on some of the highlights of the meeting.

Academic Freedom: The big news this week is that a revised statement on academic freedom received its first senate approval. You can read the statement and its justification here. Amazingly, the current section of the Faculty Code titled “Academic Freedom and Responsibility,” enacted in 1956 and unchanged since then, says a lot about responsibility but almost nothing about academic freedom. This new statement, worked out in a careful collaborative process between faculty and administrators, fixes that.

What happens now?  The senate gave the legislation its first approval, and the president has already given his approval. It now goes to the “Code Cops,” who might recommend changes in the wording to clarify the meaning or to make it more consistent with the rest of the code. It then comes back to the Senate Executive Committee on November 18 and to the senate on December 5 for second approval. If passed, it then goes to the full faculty for a vote and to the president for his signature.

English Language Learners: The instructors in the International and English Language Programs in Educational Outreach are among the few teaching staff in the university who are represented by a collective bargaining union, but they don’t yet have a contract. Senator Diane Morrison of Social Work introduced a resolution in support of the union’s efforts “to obtain a fair contract, to better their working conditions and thereby to protect the reputation and standing of the UW as a world class educational institution.”  After considerable discussion, the senate decided to postpone action on the resolution until the next Senate meeting, in order to obtain more background information.

Faculty Salary Policy:  UW faculty salaries have suffered from two interconnected and long-standing problems: a persistent gap between our salaries and those of peers, and severe compression for long-serving faculty members. These problems have kept most senior faculty salaries far below those of our peers even as new faculty are hired in at competitive market rates. The five-year salary freeze during the recession only made the problems worse. As President Young reported in the Senate meeting, the upcoming accreditation report will highlight faculty salaries as the biggest problem the university has to solve.

Recognizing all of these problems, President Young in 2012 appointed a joint faculty-administration working group to recommend an improved faculty salary policy. In this senate meeting, I described the outlines of our emerging proposal, based on four pillars:

  1. Rank promotion raises increased to 12%
  2. Merit tiers within ranks (8% raises, approx. every 4 years)
  3. Market adjustments (annually to all meritorious faculty, based on CPI)
  4. Equity adjustments (variable, approximately 1% per year on average)

Ask your senator for more details.

The proposal is still tentative, and many details are now being firmed up. Expect a more complete description of the full proposal to be posted in the next few weeks.