Bargaining Update – June 4th

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Dear Colleague,

We held our first negotiations on June 4th with the Bentley administration’s negotiating committee. We outlined our goals and approach to the negotiations in this presentation.  The administration responded by outlining some of their key bargaining goals as well.  Overall, the process was respectful and collegial with some honest exchanges regarding the current status and possible future of adjuncts at Bentley.

Throughout the negotiations our overarching theme was how important it is that Bentley values teaching as part of its core mission ― that students” learning is a pivotal focus for administrators and faculty alike.  As teaching faculty, we want to make sure that the work we do is supported and valued appropriately. Here are the main goals we outlined:

• Creating One Faculty:  This includes recognizing our contribution to the Bentley community of faculty and students, providing greater opportunities for pedagogical engagement, and supporting continued professional development that informs our teaching.

• Moving Past Contingency:  Part-time teaching does not need to be treated as contingent or disposable.  We can work together to create a more regularized, stable, and predictable employment relationship.  While we recognize that not all adjunct faculty teach the same number of courses and perhaps view their relationship with the university differently (e.g., some teach primarily as an avocation while others see teaching at Bentley, and elsewhere, as their primary work), we can work to create a more balanced relationship between our desire to be a more stable part of the faculty and the オンライン カジノ university’s interest in maintaining some operational flexibility.

• Moving Toward Parity:  Adjunct faculty should receive the same pay for teaching as full-time teaching faculty.  After all, whether a course is taught by an adjunct or full-time faculty member, students pay the same tuition, receive the same credits, and the same standard of teaching excellence is expected.

In addition, we provided the administration with initial “boilerplate” proposals, including one regarding protection of academic freedom. These are articles generally found in collective bargaining agreements that are common across employers and sectors to make sure that the agreement is fair, respects institutional interests, and defines respective rights. It also explains how representation works, and a process for recourse.

The administration laid out some initial concerns that will no doubt provide challenges moving forward.  Some of what they said included characterizing “career adjuncts” as more expendable than other Bentley faculty (we think students and colleagues would disagree) and maintaining cost neutrality (not likely given the extraordinarily low pay and current piecework compensation for adjunct faculty).

Our next negotiations are scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., most likely in the Rauch Administration Center. The Bentley Faculty Forward Negotiating Committee will also meet on Monday, June 29th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in JEN 200 and we hope that you can join us at both meetings!

Respectfully,

The Bentley Adjunct Negotiating Committee:

Joan Atlas, English & Media Studies

Eric Graber, Economics

Thomas Johnson, History

Theodore Kaplan, Mathematical Sciences

Charles Saccardo, Economics

Santosh Sambare, Finance

Elaine Saunders, Mathematical Sciences

Clarissa Sawyer, Natural & Applied Sciences

George Seeley, Global Studies

Summar Sparks, English & Media Studies

Jonathan Speros, Accountancy