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Bargaining Update: January 29th

Dear Colleagues,

On Thursday, January 28th we had our first bargaining session since our winter hiatus. Currently, we are in active discussions regarding contract renewals and promotions. At our session on Thursday, we discussed the administration’s counter-proposal to our original proposal. We will likely continue to negotiate over details of contract renewal in our next bargaining session, but the good news is that both parties are committed to a simpler system with fewer required renewal applications.

Looking forward, our next major tasks will be to craft proposals regarding benefits (including support for scholarship) and salary. We will be bringing ideas forward in Faculty Assembly, as well as holding meetings to discuss our benefits and salary goals. We welcome your input, and we hope that many people will take an interest in helping us craft these proposals. Watch your email for announcements about the time and place of these meetings!

If you have not yet been able to attend a bargaining session, we encourage you to get involved this semester. Our upcoming bargaining dates are:

Tuesday, February 9
Prep Meeting: 1:00-2:00 Sherrill Library 154
Bargaining: 2:00-5:00 Sherrill Library 350

Friday, March 4
Prep Meeting: 12:30-1:30 Sherrill Library 251
Bargaining: 1:30-4:30 Sherrill Library 350

Thursday, March 17
Prep Meeting: 12:30-1:30 Sherrill Library 251
Bargaining: 1:30-4:30 Sherrill Library 350

The atmosphere of the negotiations continues to be collegial, but we are beginning to get into the ‘nitty-gritty’ of differences with the administration. Our strength in negotiations is directly related to the support and involvement of each of you. There is still much work to be done, but we are confident that together we will achieve tangible improvements for all core faculty!

As always, feel free to contact myself or any other member of the negotiating committee with questions.

Best wishes,

Kimberly A. Lowe, PhD
Assistant Professor of European History, Lesley University | +1 (617) 349-8337

Written by LesleyFF