Happy Valentine’s Day, From Out Students

As our bargaining committee continues to push for higher pay and more job security for all adjuncts at Bentley, the students showed their love and support for our cause too. As we go back and forth with the administration, it’s heartwarming to recognize that the students see our hard work and support our efforts for fairer treatment. 

On Thursday, in LaCava, students collected signatures on a Valentine to adjuncts and handed out flyers explaining how the school can afford to pay adjuncts fairly and that it has a moral obligation to do so.
The truth is that it would cost about 1 penny more out of each dollar of Bentley’s revenue to improve the pay of adjunct faculty over the next three years. At a time when the school is preparing to spend $45 million to build a new hockey rink, committing an extra one percent for fair adjunct professor pay seems trivial. 
The students understand that it is time for the Bentley administration stop trivializing its commitment to pay for teaching. The students are demanding that the administration make the choice to increase the pay of their lowest paid professors. They see it as a choice and a statement of the values that Bentley says that it stands for. Bentley should choose to treat and pay faculty fairly; we know it, the students know it, and soon the administration will know it too.

December Bargaining Update

The Bentley Administration Should Value Teaching

 

Students pay the same tuition, receive the same credits and have the same expectations from their professors whether a course is taught by an adjunct or full-time teaching faculty member. There is no reason we should be paid less for the same work – teaching.

Further, adjunct pay has not gone up in over two years and now the administration is planning to increase contact hours 20% per course by increasing the length of classes and the semester.

We proposed increasing our pay by at least $1,000 per course each year for the next three years. This covers the increased contact time with students and makes meaningful progress toward parity with full time teaching faculty.

The Bentley administration’s response is to continue to use adjunct faculty as a source of cheap labor that reduces the cost of classroom teaching rather than as filling an important instructional need for our university and our students.

The administration’s proposal:

• Offers only a one-time $75 increase for arts & science classes and a $375 increase for business classes.
• Tries to create a wedge between business and arts & science adjunct faculty by offering pennies more for teaching business courses.
• Ignores the 20% increase in classroom time by not offering to pay for our additional time.

Adjuncts must make it clear that pay for our work and making meaningful progress towards parity is important to all of us and to our students.