The president of the University of Alaska’s largest faculty union is asking members to document examples of “questionable and seemingly counterproductive decisions” by university President Pat Gamble.
Abel Bult-Ito of United Academics Local 4996 tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the union is considering a no-confidence vote for the former Air Force general and head of the Alaska Railroad.
Gamble is traveling and could not be reached for immediate comment.
Bult-Ito says the union is reacting to unpopular decisions made under Gamble’s two-year tenure, including an increase in health care premiums and a conduct code he proposed.
The UA Fairbanks Faculty Senate is not considering a similar action. President Cathy Cahill says Gamble appears to be adjusting his leadership style to include more consultation with employees.