Union Considers No-Confidence Vote In UA President

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.