We Reached a Tentative Agreement

On Friday, October 7th our Lesley Core Faculty Negotiating Committee reached a tentative agreement for a three-year union contract. This marks a year of negotiations. However, our contract cannot go into effect until it is voted on and approved by a majority of the voting Core Faculty. As your Negotiating Committee, we are unanimously recommending that you vote YES to approve our first union contract.
This recommendation is based on the considerable progress made towards achieving our initial bargaining goals, since voting to form a Union in May 2015. While this initial contract is not perfect, it addresses and moves forward many of our concerns and lays a strong foundation for future contract work. The proposed contract includes:

  • Salary: Annual increases in salary, including minimums within rank, retroactive to July 1, 2016, which brings greater equity in this area.
  •  Governance: Assertion of faculty purview and faculty role in governance
  • Benefits: Instituting a paid medical leave plan.
  • Benefits: Partial tuition remission for faculty with children enrolled in Threshold
  • Benefits: Restoration of the cuts in retirement contributions at the end of the third year of the contract.
  • Rank and Promotion: Standardizing contract length by rank and requirements for contract renewal.
  • Workload: Significant increases in the numbers of unit releases to facilitate faculty work on scholarship as well as the creation of a committee to address workload issues in the next contract.
  • Professional Development: Reached greater equity in the distribution of these funds across the university and expanded access to them.

As outlined in our periodic updates throughout the last year, the negotiations were a bit of a roller coaster. However, even when we had disagreements, the conversations were collegial and all parties considered what would be best for Lesley. Significantly, the administration acknowledged the inappropriateness of the proposed management rights language and “took it back.” Most importantly, the negotiations ended with a sense of shared collaborative effort. At this point, we look forward to working together and maintaining the collaborative relationships that developed during the bargaining sessions.
Noteworthy is the spirit or collaboration within the bargaining committee members — a diverse group of faculty from across the university. The role that many faculty, not members of the bargaining committee, played during the bargaining also necessitates acknowledgement. Our colleagues attended meetings, contributed to negotiations and were prepared to take action, if necessary. Our success as a union could not have happened without our unified efforts. We look forward to continuing to reach across departments, divisions and schools as we all work to make Lesley even better.
This initial contract has served to address and move forward many of our concerns and to get us to a path of greater equity and justice at Lesley University. Because this is a first contract, we will need a continued commitment for participation so that we can make sure the spirit and intent of the contract is followed. In three short years we will be positioned to negotiate a contract that builds on the present success and moves closer to the full achievement of our goals.
We look forward to discussing the contract with all of you in the near future —below, you will see meeting times for discussion and voting. Please make every effort to attend one of the three meetings listed below. Text of the agreement will be forthcoming.


Tuesday, October 18th
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sherrill Library 251

Tuesday, October 18th
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
University Hall 3-097

Thursday, October 20th
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Doble Hall 213

Please let us know which meeting you will attend by clicking HERE.

On Behalf of the Negotiating Committee,

Steven Benson, Associate Professor, CLAS
Linda Brennan, Instructor, Threshold
Richard Carter, Associate Professor, GSOE
Lisa Fiore, Professor, CLAS
Geoffry Fried, Professor, LUCAD
Mitchell Kossak, Associate Professor, GSASS
Dalia Llera, Professor, GSASS
Kimberly Lowe, Assistant Professor, CLAS
Patricia Morrissey, Instructor, Threshold
Angelica Pinna-Perez, Assistant Professor, GSASS
Vivian Poey, Associate Professor, GSOE
Kelvin Ramirez, Assistant Professor, GSASS
Susan Rauchwerk, Associate Professor, GSOE
Robin Roth, Professor, CLAS & GSOE
Sunanda Sanyal, Professor, LUCAD
Nicole Weber, Associate Professor, GSOE

Written by LesleyFF