United Faculty of Central (UFC) is the university faculty union which represents the interests of all CWU faculty (including coaches) on matters of wages, salaries, and working conditions. All faculty are in the bargaining unit. (For the distinction between the bargaining unit and members, see here.)
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A Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), jointly signed by CWU and UFC, and ratified by CWU's Board of Trustees and by UFC's membership, specifies policies and procedures related to these matters.
UFC is led by four elected officers, and an Executive Board.
The current UFC officers (2021-2023) are:
President: Gary Bartlett (Philosophy & Religious Studies, CAH)
Vice President: Kara Gabriel (Psychology, COTS)
Communications Officer: Sarah Feeney (Child Development & Family Science, CEPS)
Financial Officer: Nancy Graber Pigeon (Management, CB)
An Executive Board assists the officers in managing the affairs and business of the UFC. The current members of the Executive Board are:
James Avey (Management)
Ruthi Erdman (English/DHC/WGS)
Kevin Feeney (Interdisciplinary Studies)
Martin Kennedy (Music)
Dan Lipori (Music)
Sathy Rajendran (Eng. Tech., Safety & Constr.)
Karen Roemer (Health Sciences)
Terry Wilson (Management)
Faculty may always contact the officers (listed above), but we also encourage faculty with questions or concerns to reach out to a UFC liaison. It need not be a liaison in your own department.
The current liaisons (on top of the faculty listed above) are:
Roxanne Easley (History), Steve Hackenberger (Anthro.), Bob Hickey (Geog.), Keith Lewis (Art + Design), Rich Marsicano (Psych.), Josh Nelson (World Lang.), Jeff Penick (Psych.), Holly Pinkart (Biol. Sci.), Rodrigo Rentería-Valencia (Anthro.), Roger Schaefer (L&J), Todd Schaefer (Poli. Sci.), Bob Trumpy (ITAM), Josh Welsh (English), Lauren Wittek (Library)
STATEMENT ON ANTI-RACISM.
United Faculty of Central supports the rights of all CWU employees and students to equal recognition and protection under the law. As our slogan says, Our working environment is our students' learning environment. UFC is committed to creating a working environment for faculty in which both faculty and students can pursue the University's educational mission, unimpeded by prejudice of any kind. At this tragic moment we wish to state unequivocally our full support for both CWU's faculty and students of color. We see you, and we stand with you.