April 8, 2015 Contract Update

LESLEY: WHERE CREATIVITY LIVES BELOW THE POVERTY LINE?

As you may know, our last scheduled negotiation session is set for this Friday, April 10. This meeting will either result in a tentative contract agreement that can be recommended for approval; or prompt an escalation of actions away from the bargaining table.

Throughout this process, we have operated from the firm belief that “Low Pay is Not Okay” at Lesley. Our campus community cannot be one where creativity lives and works below the poverty line. And if university administrators prove unwilling to address these issues in bargaining, we will do what is necessary to raise awareness amongst community stakeholders — beginning with an action and performance art exhibit at the Lunder Arts Center grand opening this Saturday and building to A Day Without Adjuncts next Tuesday. Scroll down for details on these and other events.

OUR DIFFERENCES HAVE NARROWED, BUT KEY ISSUES REMAIN
The main issues that remain open in negotiations are:

  • Meaningful increases in compensation that make progress toward achieving parity with other faculty for teaching
  • Full pay for teaching under-enrolled courses
  • Improved benefits — including participation in the retirement plan, with Lesley making the same contributions (as it does for other employees)
  • Finalizing opportunites for more stable, less contingent employment — based on the number of courses and years taught at Lesley

 

WE ALL NEED TO STAND AND ACT TOGETHER
There are several key opportunities in the coming days to grow momentum in our continued effort to win a strong contract at Lesley, including:

  • Come to negotiations Friday at 11:30am in Sherrill Library, Room 350 — even if you can only make it for a portion of the day.
  • Join us at the Lunder Arts Center Grand Opening Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm to help raise public awareness of our contract goals.
  • Announce to your students that you will participate in A Day Without Adjuncts on Tuesday. Gather with colleagues and supporters at the Doble Quad at 12:00pm (and remain unavailable until 6:00pm, whether or not you were scheduled to teach during that time).

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

April 10: Contract Bargaining Session
The final scheduled contract bargaining session is set for this Friday, April 10 — and we need a strong presence to bring this home. Even if you’re only able to attend for a portion, please do your best to make it. Negotiations begin at 11:30am in Room 350, Sherrill Library.

April 11: Lunder Arts Center Grand Opening
We can all agree that Lunder Arts Center is an impressive commitment to the future of LUCAD — so where is the commitment to the faculty who teach in this new building? Join us Saturday, April 11 at 3:00pm for the Lunder Arts Center grand opening to ask this and other key questions!

April 13: NEASC Visit
The New England Association of Schools & Colleges accreditation visiting team is on campus as part of Lesley University’s decennial review. Join us Monday, April 13 at 2:00pm in the University Hall Amphitheater, 2nd floor, to ask how the administration plans to incorporate adjunct faculty into Lesley’s future.

April 14: A Day Without Adjuncts
Faculty, students and community supporters will gather at 12:00pm in the Doble Quad to send a clear message to the administration: “Low Pay Is Not Okay at Lesley!”


 

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. The more engaged we all are as a university community, the stronger our contract will be!

Sincerely,

The Lesley Adjunct Faculty Union Bargaining Committee

Written by LesleyFF


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