The Glasgow local association found itself in the unaccustomed position of fending off a demand for a ballot on industrial action to campaign against education cuts.
Dumfries and Galloway members led the unsuccessful attempt to commit the union to a ballot in October. John Dennis, a local activist, said: "Talk will get us nowhere."
Willie Hart, the Glasgow local secretary and chair of the union's finance and general purposes committee, ridiculed the idea of moving against a Government that had only been in power for four weeks.
But Joe Eyre, Glasgow and past president of the College Lecturers' Association, said it was "a bit tiresome and disingenuous" to be constantly told the time for action was never appropriate.
Mr Eyre distanced himself from Mr Dennis's remarks. "We want to talk but, when we talk, we want people to take due account of what we say."