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  • 07 Aug 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of the NSHE Community Petition for a Safe Fall Semester

    Open petition sponsored by the Nevada Faculty Alliance (www.NevadaFacultyAlliance.org)

    Update: Over 1270 members of the NSHE community have signed this petition. To add your signature, please go to the form at https://forms.gle/MV761ZDk5EpnWpXP8  (scroll past bottom of signatures).

    To the members of the Nevada State Board of Health, the NSHE Board of Regents, Chancellor Melody Rose, and institutional Presidents:

    • Full in-person instruction resumes at the colleges and universities of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) in August 2021 for the Fall semester.
    • The shared goals of faculty, students, and the NSHE administration are to teach in-person in a safe manner and to avoid another transition to remote instruction due to the pandemic.
    • The coronavirus delta variant has surged in Nevada leading to renewed indoor mask requirements for businesses and on NSHE campuses.
    • Widespread vaccination is the most effective way to prevent serious illness and reduce transmission from all current variants of the coronavirus. The available vaccines are remarkably safe and effective.
    • Over 650 universities and colleges nationally (https://bit.ly/3Ck5kFH), including large public education systems in many states experiencing lower transmission rates, are implementing mandatory vaccinations for students and/or faculty and staff, many under the Emergency Use Authorization without waiting for full FDA approval.
    • Governor Sisolak has ordered state employees including NSHE faculty and staff to show proof of vaccination or else undergo weekly COVID testing (https://bit.ly/2VspFIr).
    • As part of their employment duties, faculty and staff work with the much larger number of students in close quarters where social distancing is difficult and often impossible.
    • Although faculty and staff will all be vaccinated (or tested weekly), the vaccine is not 100% effective, nor are masks, so the presence of unvaccinated students on campus, even if masked, will result in an entirely preventable transmission of this deadly disease from students to other students, faculty, and staff.
    • The current spread of the delta variant has been described by the CDC as a pandemic of the unvaccinated (https://bit.ly/37kKfwG).
    • Students tend to be in age groups with lower vaccinations rates (https://bit.ly/2VAfRvP).
    • NSHE students are already required to show proof of immunizations for other diseases as a preventive public health measure (with exemptions for bona fide medical or religious reasons).
    • Chancellor Rose issued a statement on May 6, 2021, indicating that NSHE was planning for mandatory vaccinations and that "NSHE is asking all students and their families to be prepared for this possibility.” (https://bit.ly/3rTYd2a)
    • Full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine is reportedly expected imminently, within weeks.
    • On August 2, 2021, NSHE legal counsel advised that only the State Board of Health is authorized to require vaccinations for NSHE university students. (https://bit.ly/2VmaAbw)

    We, the undersigned members of the NSHE community, respectfully request the Nevada State Board of Health to consider mandatory vaccinations for college and university students based on sound medical evidence and to issue emergency regulations giving guidance and authorization to NSHE. We further request that NSHE and its institutions implement strong proven measures against the further spread of COVID-19 including mandatory student vaccinations until the community public health risk has subsided.

    View signatures and add your own at https://forms.gle/MV761ZDk5EpnWpXP8  

  • 28 Jul 2021 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The state Nevada Faculty Alliance has released a statement advocating for mandatory COVID vaccinations and other strong measures for safe in-person instruction in the Fall Semester:

    NFA Statement on COVID Precautions

  • 08 Oct 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nevada Faculty Alliance PAC

    2020 Election Endorsements

    Board of Regents

     

    Regent District 2

    Bret Whipple

     

    Regent District 3

    Swadeep Nigam

     

    Regent District 10

    Joe Arrascada

     

    Senate

     

    SD 1

    Patricia Spearman

    SD   7

    Roberta Lange

     

    SD 3

    Chris Brooks

    SD 11

    Dallas Harris

     

    SD 4

    Dina Neal

    SD 15

    Wendy Jauregui-Jackins

     

    SD 5

    Kristee Watson

    SD 18

    Elizabeth Becker

     

    SD 6

    Nicole Cannizzaro

     

    Assembly

     

    AD   1

    Daniele Monroe-Moreno

    AD 21

    Elaine Marzola

    AD   2

    Radhika Kunnel

    AD 23

    Brent Footz

    AD   3

    Selena Torres

    AD 24

    Sarah Peters

    AD   4

    Connie Munk

    AD 25

    Jill Tolles

    AD   6

    Shondra Summers-Armstrong

    AD 26

    Lisa Krasner

    AD   8

    Jason Frierson

    AD 26

    Teresa Benitez-Thompson

    AD   9

    Steve Yeager

    AD 28

    Edgar Flores

    AD 10

    Rochelle Nguyen

    AD 29

    Lesley Cohen

    AD 11

    Beatrice Duran

    AD 30

    Natha Anderson

    AD 12

    Susan Martinez

    AD 31

    Skip Daly

    AD 14

    Maggie Carlton

    AD 34

    Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod

    AD 15

    Howard Watts III

    AD 35

    Michelle Gorelow

    AD 16

    Cecelia González

    AD 37

    Shea Backus

    AD 17

    Clara Thomas

    AD 41

    Sandra Jauregui

    AD 18

    Veneicia Considine

    AD 42

    Alexander Assefa

    AD 20

    David Orrentlicher

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance (www.nevadafacultyalliance.org) is an affiliate of the American Association of University Professors (www.aaup.org), whose mission is to advance academic freedom, enhance shared governance, and promote the economic security of faculty and graduate students. The NFA membership includes academic and administrative faculty at all eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The NFA Political Action Committee, which is comprised of NFA members in northern and southern Nevada, is proud to make these political endorsements. We will be encouraging the winning candidates to fight with us to address the various issues related to higher education in Nevada.


  • 13 Sep 2020 6:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance has endorsed the following Northern Nevada candidates:

    NSHE Board of Regents:

    District 10 Joseph Arrascada (NP)

    Nevada State Senate:

    District 15 Wendy Jauregui-Jackins (D)

    Nevada State Assembly:

    Sarah Peters (D) (incumbent)

    Jill Tolles (R) (incumbent)

    Lisa Krasner (R) (incumbent)

    Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D) (incumbent)

    Natha Anderson (D)

    Skip Daly (D) (incumbent)

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    Approved by the NFA State Political Action Committee on August 29, 2020. The Nevada Faculty Alliance (www.nevadafacultyalliance.org) is an affiliate of the American Association of University Professors (www.aaup.org), whose mission is to advance academic freedom, enhance shared governance, and promote the economic security of faculty and graduate students. The NFA membership includes academic and administrative faculty at all eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The NFA Political Action Committee, which is comprised of NFA members in northern and southern Nevada, is proud to make these political endorsements. We will be encouraging the winning candidates to fight with us to address the various issues related to higher education in Nevada.

  • 14 Oct 2018 11:41 AM | Anonymous


  • 25 Sep 2018 8:18 PM | Anonymous
    CSN FACULTY SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY URGES CSN TO HONOR BARGAINING AGREEMENT

    On Friday Sept 14, CSN Faculty Senate voted by a margin of 28-3 to urge CSN to honor all settled tentative agreements.

    NFA President Robert Manis explained to Senate how in August, CSN had approached NFA with an offer to end the bargaining impasse by offering an approximate $1000/ person bonus which could be split into two parts, along with raises in summer pay,  B+ contracts, overload pay, and clinical hours.

     However, hours before NFA could consider this proposal, CSN stated it was withdrawing from an agreement settled a year ago to allow market hires a path to tenure for the reason that it modified NSHE code.  Revoking a settled TA is a virtually unprecedented violation of labor law.  The reason is that if a previously settled tentative agreement is allowed to be revoked, all the others (of which CSN and NFA have settled 15) could be held hostage for leverage on other issues, lab hours being one of the major ones outstanding

     Moreover, NSHE TItle 4, Chapter 4 Section 13.2-3 specifically allows the modification of code by collective bargaining contracts. Furthermore, prior to making the agreement, NFA showed how market hires were paid less than faculty and in fact were, in many cases, not offered the chance to choose the tenure track option, which is itself a violation of code.

     The significant issue, however, is whether any agreement, once settled, can be held hostage for leverage. In fact, what then would prevent CSN from renouncing their latest offer if this is allowed to stand?

     

  • 14 Jul 2018 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    Bargaining at CSN reached impasse as CSN continued its refusal to bargain over salary in violation of labor law. The process now moves to fact-finding. For more info see the following article.

    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/csn-faculty-trying-to-negotiate-a-pay-raise-hit-impasse-with-administration

  • 17 Jun 2018 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    On June 8th, the Nevada Faculty Alliance imposed a deadline for the College of Southern Nevada to make significant progress towards agreement on matters related to compensation, by midnight June 30.

    These compensation-related items include lab pay, overload pay, and pay equity (compression adjustments which have historically been funded at the institutional level.

    It's the opinion of  our lawyers at the NFA’s national affiliate the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) that the failure to make any tangible counter-offer on these topics constitute “bad faith”  surface bargaining, an Unfair Labor Practice.

    During the same time period, the NFA will decide whether to file an unfair labor practice in District Court, or to declare an Impasse and refer the matter to a Fact-finder as provided in Nevada System of Higher Education code, should there be no agreement or significant enough progress.

    The college claims it has no money to make any agreement, which NFA disputes. They have also falsely alleged to the Chancellor and Legislators that NFA has asked for merit pay and/or Cost of living allowances funded by the legislature which is also untrue.  

    NFA hopes that the imposition of a deadline will make the college take the compensation issues more seriously, since there’s been no progress even after 19 months. Should they not, having done our research, we expect success whether through the Courts or Fact-finding.
  • 19 Feb 2018 10:29 AM | Deleted user

    Updates can be found on the negotiations blog: https://nfacsnnegotiations.blogspot.com/

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